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Alamo Tube Co. is building a new pipe mill at Alamo Junction Rail Park south of San Antonio.

New pipe mill near San Antonio will serve Eagle Ford

Alamo Tube Co. is building a new pipe mill at Alamo Junction Rail Park in the San Antonio suburb of Elmendorf.  More »
A worker adjusts hoses during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. gas well, near Mead, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Commentary: A talk with Russell Gold, author of ‘The Boom’

Russell Gold is absolutely marvelous. Not only has he spent over a decade as an intrepid energy reporter at the Wall Street Journal, but he has written a book, ‘The Boom‘, which is the quintessential history of the US fracking revolution. The book provides a fair and balanced view on how hydraulic fracturing has kick-started […]  More »
The Energy Department still is reviewing an application by Exxon Mobil Corp. and partners  to build a natural gas export facility at the existing Golden Pass export terminal Port Arthur. (Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )

Industry pans feds’ plan for gas exports

The Obama administration says its new plan for vetting proposals to sell liquefied natural gas overseas is aimed at streamlining the review process, but energy companies and aspiring exporters say the government’s approach could have the opposite effect.  More »
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Kurt Mix (center) arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.  (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Ex-BP engineer’s retrial postponed

An appeals court will decide whether a judge was right to throw out an earlier conviction.  More »
Texas City is in the running for a $4.5 billion methanol plant that could expand its already sprawling petrochemical and refining landscape.  (Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle )

Texas City contends for $4.5 billion methanol plant

Texas City is in the running for a $4.5 billion methanol plant that would expand its already sprawling industrial landscape.  More »
Talisman Energy Inc. explores for shale gas in the middle of muddy fields in Poland.  (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Repsol said to explore bid for Talisman Energy

Talisman has a market value of about $10.2 billion.  More »
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Exxon Mobil says it’ll follow new anti-bias rules

President Barack Obama signed the executive order with the new protections Monday.  More »
The U.S. Department of Energy awarded $55 million to 31 projects, including two overseen by Texas research firms, to improve improve vehicle fuel efficiencies. ( Johnny Hanson / Chronicle )

Lower sticker price keeps gasoline vehicles competitive with alternatives

Improved fuel efficiency is keeping gasoline cars cost-competitive with alternative fuel rivals, according to a government report that factors in the higher cost of the alternative vehicles along with their fuel savings.  More »
Apache Corp. headquarters, 2000 Post Oak Blvd

Apache attempts to reassure investors about N. American focus

In response to complaints from an activist hedge fund, Houston-based Apache Corp. said it will continue to focus more closely on North American onshore exploration and production.  More »
Colombia produced about 969,000 barrels per day of oil in 2012 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Ambassador: Colombia won’t be deterred by attacks on oil infrastructure

Colombia’s ambassador to the United States said the country is not experiencing a dramatic decline in energy production this year despite rebel attacks on oil and gas pipelines and facilities.  More »
sraeli soldiers kneel during a drill near the Israel and Gaza border, Tuesday. Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday as the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state began an intensive effort to end more than two weeks of fighting that has killed hundreds of Palestinians and dozens of Israelis.(AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

Geopolitical tensions seen keeping oil prices high

U.S. benchmark crude fell 17 cents to $104.42 a barrel.  More »
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Natural gas vote leaves fueling stations without standard

A group of statue regulators failed to agree on a standard for selling liquefied natural gas by its equivalence to a gallon of diesel fuel.  More »
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