Fuel Fix

A new study says the U.S. should work faster to upgrade aging natural gas utility lines. At the current pace, pipeline replacement will take 30 years, the study says.

Houston praised, some others panned, for gas pipeline maintenance

An alliance of labor unions and environmentalists says in a new report that the U.S. should expedite repairs to aging municipal gas pipelines.  More »
An oil & gas drilling rig works in the Eagle Ford Shale formation.
(Galbraith: Natural Gas)
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Texas’ oil and gas industry expands to near-record levels

The Texas oil and gas industry is approaching records set in the 1970s, according to the latest Texas Petro Index.  More »
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LA company to acquire Houston upstream partnership in $1.6 B deal

The merger of Houston’s QR Energy and Los Angeles-based Breitburn Energy Partners will create a combined enterprise that the companies say will be the nation’s largest upstream-focused master limited partnership.  More »
Weatherford posted larger second-quarter losses as revenues slumped.
Photographer: Eddie Seal/Bloomberg

Weatherford shares rise on mixed Q2 report

Weatherford International posted larger second-quarter losses as revenues declined from operations in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia, the company reported Thursday.  More »
A rig works in the Marcellus Shale, the largest U.S. shale-gas basin. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Noble’s profits drop amid shale boost

Noble Energy’s profits fell 49 percent in the second quarter on a $187 million loss on commodity derivatives, even as higher production in its U.S. shale plays bolstered sales.  More »
A fire burns at Red River Supply in an industrial part of Williston, N.D., in the early hours of Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Josh Wood)

Officials say Williston fire burned chemicals

A North Dakota health official says air quality tests at the site showed levels “that would not raise concern.”  More »
Yellow oil barrels

Oil gains on sharp drop in U.S. supplies

Oil for September delivery gained 73 cents to $103.12 a barrel.  More »
Tank cars carrying oil and other materials travel through the nation's capital. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Houston Chronicle)

Feds unveil proposed new safety rules for crude-carrying trains

Tank cars that carry crude oil across the United States would have to meet stringent new standards to improve safety and make them more resilient in an accident under proposed new rules unveiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday.  More »
Chevron's Genesis platform is shown in the Gulf of Mexico.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Industry poll says Americans want more oil production, support offshore drilling

Nearly 7 out of 10 Americans support domestic offshore drilling but few believe the federal government is doing enough to encourage such production, an industry-backed survey finds.  More »
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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