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Rich Kinder, left, chairman and CEO of Kinder Morgan. (Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Houston energy billionaires gain ground in Forbes’ richest Americans list

Most of Houston’s richest oil and pipeline tycoons added to their fortunes in 2013.  More »
Eagle Ford Shale production surges, despite dramatic well declines in the first year, the EIA reported.

Eagle Ford continues to gush despite rapid well declines

Although Eagle Ford wells tend to drop in production by 60 to 70 percent in the first year, the shale has seen significant surges in crude oil production, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a report released Monday.  More »
An Enterprise fractionator at its Mont Belvieu complex. (Enterprise Products Partners photo)

Enterprise announces new fractionator at Mont Belvieu

Enterprise Product Partners L.P. plans to build another natural gas liquid fractionator at its complex in Mont Belvieu, Texas and has secured the permits for another.  More »
Chesapeake Energy Corp. CEO Aubrey McClendon speaks during the opening of a compressed natural gas filling station in Oklahoma City in 2009. (AP Photo, File)

McClendon lures Chesapeake exec for new energy venture

Shale gas wildcatter Aubrey McClendon has lured away a top executive from the company that ousted him last year, as McClendon works to build a new U.S. energy producer.  More »
Doug Suttles, Encana President and CEO

Encana buying Permian-focused Texas company for $5.9 billion

Calgary-based Encana Corp. will buy Fort Worth’s Athlon Energy in a deal worth $7.1 billion that will give the Canadian company’s a sizable footprint in the Permian Basin.  More »
A drilling rig works the Marcellus shale in Houston, Pa.  (AP file photo/Keith Srakocic)

Gas drillers draw less water, but concerns linger

The gas drilling industry in Pennsylvania is recycling more and more water and one river basin commission now reports drillers there are drawing less freshwater than in the past.  More »
A rig works in the Marcellus Shale. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

NiSource joins utility trend in forming MLP

NiSource has announced plans to spend about $8 billion to $10 billion over the next five to 10 years to expand and upgrade pipelines serving the Marcellus and Utica shale formations.  More »
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West Virginia opens bids on drilling under Ohio River

Noble Energy, Gastar Exploration and Statoil submitted bids with 20 percent royalty rates. State officials plan to pick winners in the next week or two.  More »
Customers fill up vehicles beyond a filler hose as 7,500 gallons of unleaded gasoline are delivered to a Shell station in Peoria, Illinois, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. (Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Lawmakers fear voters won’t approve of easing export ban

Some Republican congressional leaders and lawmakers from oil states have been reluctant to say much on the topic of easing the federal ban on oil exports.  More »
Cheniere Energy sabine pass liquefied

Construction progresses at Cheniere’s Sabine Pass terminal

The Houston-based company is adding liquefaction capabilities to export LNG as it capitalizes on the surge of cheap abundant gas unlocked by the U.S. shale boom.  More »
Erica Bowman, vice president and chief economist at America's Natural Gas Alliance, appears at a state House committee hearing in Edinburg.(Robert Grattan/Chronicle).

Mexico’s energy overhaul will bring benefits, challenges

Mexico’s move to open up its energy sector can be a boon to both sides of the border, but achieving the potential will require work,  More »
( Jay Pickthorn/AP/Statoil).

Rigs targeting gas in U.S. gain on rise in Texas drilling

The rebound in gas rigs threatens to come at the expense of oil drilling, as U.S. crude has dropped by more than $10 a barrel over the past three months.  More »
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