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A massive fire roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. in Sept. 2010 after a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pipeline exploded . (AP photo)

PG&E: Federal criminal charges likely in gas blast

A disclosure document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by PG&E Corp. and its subsidiary said the company expects the federal government will bring criminal charges against the utility in connection with the Sept. 9, 2010, explosion of its transmission pipeline in San Bruno.  More »
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks at a Capitol Hill rally for Keystone XL. (Mandel Ngan/Getty)

Lawmakers mull shaking up LNG export reviews

Key senators are pressuring the Energy Department to abandon its 2012 plan for processing applications to broadly export natural gas, insisting that the two-year-old approach does not do enough to prioritize projects that have secured financing, signed up customers and are close to winning other needed permits.  More »
People wave Russian flags as they look at Russian President Vladimir Putin delivering a speech in Sevastopol. (AFP PHOTO/ VIKTOR DRACHEVVIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Sanctions likely to sting big Russian oil projects

International sanctions against Russian officials could endanger the country’s multibillion-dollar pipeline, liquefied natural gas and offshore projects as the cost of borrowing money surges, according to a report released this week.  More »
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Ramanan Krishnamoorti has been named to head all energy initiatives at the University of Houston. (UH photo)

UH teams up with energy companies for real-world electricity research

The University of Houston has teamed up with two Houston-based energy companies to create a special think tank focused on the needs of electricity companies, the university announced Monday.  More »
Kinder Morgan is investing $1 billion in its business providing carbon dioxide for enhanced oil production.

Kinder Morgan announces $1 billion carbon dioxide expansion

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners will spend about $1 billion as part of a project to expand its enhanced oil recovery program.  More »
A sign near the entrance marks Petrobras America's Ship Channel refinery, operated as Pasadena Refining System Inc. (Photo: Petrobras America)

Petrobras spending on Pasadena refinery snares Brazil finance minister in scandal

Brazil’s top finance official is being roped into a growing scandal over Petroleo Brasileiro SA’s $1.19 billion purchase of a Texas plant, the latest in a string of troubles plaguing the company’s money-losing refining unit.  More »
Cleanup vessels are surrounded by a sheen on the water in the Port of Galveston on Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Galveston, Texas. Dozens of ships are in evolved in clean-up efforts to remove oil that spilled into Galveston Bay after a ship and barge collided near the Texas City dike on Saturday afternoon. ( Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle )

Barge firm faces long legal haul

The operator of a barge that leaked oil into Galveston Bay after a collision can expect federal fines and damage claims that could climb into the millions.  More »
One of Dow's many Freeport, Texas chemical plants. (Houston Chronicle/Smiley Pool)

Dow says US shouldn’t bail out Europe with natural gas

HOUSTON — European leaders visited Washington this week, urging U.S. lawmakers to allow more natural gas exports overseas, arguing the maneuver would reduce their dependency on Russia as an energy provider. But the largest American chemical company had a simple response: tough luck.  More »
(Tom Reel/San Antonio Express-News)

A&M-Kingsville offers Eagle Ford pipeline safety workshop

The event will cover federal regulations, managing the risk of gathering lines, safety for emergency responders, pipeline expansion in the Eagle Ford and pipeline construction, design and inspections.  More »
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Lucas Energy’s Eagle Ford farm out

Lucas Energy is Houston-based company with operations in Texas that focus on formations such as the Austin Chalk, Eagle Ford Shale, Buda Limestone and Glen Rose Limestone.  More »
Yellow oil barrels

Oil hovers above $100 despite higher supplies

The price of oil remained above $100 a barrel Thursday as traders held positions after a surge the day before despite a larger-than-expected increase in oil supplies.  More »
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New US wind power installations plummet

U.S. investors in wind-generated power nearly abandoned the business last year as Congress let lucrative tax credits for wind projects tumble away, according to a new report.  More »
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