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Tugboats pull an LNG tanker to Cheniere Energy's Sabine Pass terminal in 2008. (Nick De La Torre / Houston Chronicle)

Feds’ new LNG export plan benefits Cheniere

The Energy Department on Thursday upended the way it vets proposals to export liquefied natural gas, formally implementing a new approach that gives an advantage to projects that have already completed an expensive environmental review. The biggest winner under the new approach is Houston-based Cheniere Energy.  More »
A series of pipes direct natural gas in Bismarck, North Dakota. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Pipeline firm plans $1.75B gas lines in Northeast

A Houston company is planning to spend $1.75 billion on two new pipelines to carry Northeastern U.S. shale gas to nearby states and to systems that go to Gulf Coast and Midwestern markets.  More »
An Eagle Ford well near Kenedy, Texas. (Eric Gay/AP)

EIA: Eagle Ford to cross 1.5 million daily barrels in September

The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects the Eagle Ford Shale to produce 1.51 million barrels of crude oil and other liquids daily in September. It would be a gain of around 31,000 daily barrels over August production for the South Texas field.  More »
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Judge OKs BP’s subpoena of fed documents for now

A federal judge is allowing BP to negotiate the scope of a massive subpoena aimed at gathering government documents related to the Gulf of Mexico deep-water drilling moratorium.  More »
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Deals bring in $2.1 billion, additional acreage to Shell Oil Co.

Shell Oil Co. today announced a pair of deals Thursday morning in which it will give up onshore gas operations in Wyoming’s Pinedale and Louisiana’s Haynesville fields in exchange for $2.1 billion and additional acreage in Pennsylvania.  More »
Goal Zero makes devices including the Guide 10, which uses solar panels to provide power to rechargeable batteries or devices with USB connections. (Goal Zero photo)

NRG deal gives it a new place in the sun

NRG says its acquisition of a company that makes solar-powered gadgets will help it provide electricity to customers when they’re off the grid.  More »
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Coal imports fall as natural gas advances

Imports of coal for electric power plants have fallen from a peak level of 30 million tons in 2007 to less than 7 million in 2013.  More »
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Pemex has mixed success in first phase of energy overhaul

Mexico’s state-owned Pemex will retain rights to more than 80 percent of the country’s proven and probable oil reserves, but most areas of possible reserves will be open to private exploration.  More »
Facing growing concerns about the links between earthquakes and drilling, the Texas Railroad Commission on Tuesday proposed new rules for injection wells.
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State regulator unveils proposed rules on disposal wells

Facing mounting concerns about ties between earthquakes and oil and gas activity, Texas regulators are proposing new rules for wastewater storage wells.  More »
An oil facility in the Gulf of Mexico. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Houston Chronicle)

Feds urged to put Atlantic waters on auction block

Oil development in Atlantic waters from Africa to Canada should encourage the Obama administration to sell drilling leases in waters hugging the East Coast, a leading industry trade group said Wednesday.  More »
Gulf Coast refiners are expecting to be the biggest beneficiaries of new investment to upgrade facilities to handle light crude. (Valero Energy photo)

Refiners adapt as oil supply tips away from imports

As more U.S.-produced oil makes its way to Gulf Coast refineries, they’re having to retool to process the domestic crude — which is a different grade than the imported oil they’re designed for but also is often cheaper.  More »
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Spectra halts Pennsylvania pipeline plans

Houston-based Spectra Energy is suspending work on a pipeline that would have moved natural gas from Pennsylvania to North Carolina.  More »
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