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Oil price rises past $104 amid Ukraine tensions

Markets have been rattled by concern Western sanctions against Moscow might disrupt Russian exports of oil and gas.  More »
Ambassador Kåre Aas says that of places in the United States, "Houston is the main center for Norwegian commercial activities." (Emily Pickrell/Houston Chronicle)

Norwegian ambassador: US energy ‘not an easy fix’ for Ukraine crisis

FuelFix spoke with Norway’s ambassador to the U.S. about growing tension in Ukraine and how it affects European energy security.  More »
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Renewables, nuclear must triple to save climate, UN says

The world needs to triple the energy it gets from renewables, nuclear reactors and power plants that use emissions-capture technology to avoid dangerous levels of global warming, United Nations scientists said.  More »
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US pushed to rewrite oil payment disclosure rule

More than 500 groups from 40 countries on Monday asked U.S. regulators to write strong new mandates forcing oil and gas companies to disclose what they pay foreign nations in exchange for mineral rights.  More »
Genesis Energy operates this crude oil pipeline in Texas City. (J. Patric Schneider/For the Chronicle)

Genesis Energy president to resign, keep advisory role

Steve Nathanson will resign April 30 as president and COO of Genesis Energy, a Houston midstream partnership, but will retain an advisory role for three years.  More »
Methane hydrates are ice-like solids with molecules trapped inside. They have been dubbed "burning ice" because the methane molecules can be released when heated. (Image: Department of Energy)

Energy Department seeks methane hydrate proposals

The U.S. Department of Energy is soliciting for another round of research into methane hydrates, the potentially huge energy source of “frozen gas” that could step in for shortages of other fossil fuels.  More »
Bill Elwell, vice president of engineering at Houston-based Excel Engineering. Denmark-based Ramboll Oil & Gas said in October 2013 that it had reached a deal to acquire Excel. (Emily Pickrell/Houston Chronicle)

Danish firm finds platform for expansion in Houston

Danish consulting firm Ramboll Oil & Gas Co. is the latest company from overseas to look to Houston as a launching pad for a broader expansion into the U.S. and offshore.  More »
A Petrohawk Energy natural gas drilling site in the Eagle Ford Shale is shown in September 2009. (Jake Lacey/Houston Chronicle file photo)

Big Oil comes up short in shale

The same North American oil patches that have lifted Pioneer and other independent oil producers to an unprecedented status in the energy industry haven’t come up gushers for major integrated oil companies like Royal Dutch Shell and BP.  More »
Steven Schmidt, right, Terminal Manager of NuStar in Port Corpus Christi, talks with Greg Matula, also of NuStar, at the contraction site of the new pier for oil tankers.  Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. (Bob Owen/San Antonio Express-News)

NuStar opens new Corpus Christi dock for Eagle Ford crude (photos)

San Antonio-based NuStar Energy LP this week celebrated the opening of its new dock at the Port of Corpus Christi, built to move crude oil from the Eagle Ford Shale.  More »
A globe in the hallway of the main building at the ConocoPhillips campus in Houston, Texas. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle)

ConocoPhillips boosts estimate of Eagle Ford barrels

ConocoPhillips says it’s sitting on even more oil in its Eagle Ford Shale acreage than it thought.  More »
A 20-ton blowout preventer from National Oilwell Varco is delivered to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University in March 2014 as part of the Offshore Drilling exhibit on display through Feb. 1, 2015.A 20-ton blowout preventer from National Oilwell Varco is delivered to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University in March 2014 as part of the Offshore Drilling exhibit on display through Feb. 1, 2015. (George Bush Presidential Library and Museum)

George Bush Library launches offshore drilling exhibit (photos)

The George Bush Presidential Library has launched an exhibit that tells the story of offshore drilling, highlighting technological innovations in the industry and the former president’s work as a Texas oilman.  More »
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Ohio geologists link small quakes to fracking

Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation’s strictest.  More »
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