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Shareholders have criticized Chesapeake’s board for failing to rein in what they’ve seen as Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon’s risk-taking and overspending at the company. (F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg )

Shale pioneer McClendon hires Chesapeake in Utica

Aubrey McClendon, the pioneering shale wildcatter who helped usher in the U.S. energy renaissance, has hired the company that fired him to drill wells for his newest natural gas venture.  More »
Calpine Corp.'s Guadalupe Energy Center combined-cycle power plant. (Calpine Corp. photo)

Calpine selling southeastern power plants for $1.6B

Houston power generator Calpine Corp. is selling power plants in the southeastern United States for $1.57 billion, a move is says could help focus its efforts in wholesale power markets in Texas, California and elsewhere, the company said Friday.  More »
Mayor Julian Castro laughs prior to the announcement of a three-year agreement between Microsoft and UTSA to research and develop sustainable technologies to make data centers more energy efficient and economically viable. The announcement took place at UTSA. (Robin Jerstad/For the Express-News)

Texas school partners with Microsoft for energy efficiency research

Microsoft Corp. and the University of Texas at San Antonio entered into a three-year partnership to research and develop sustainable-energy technologies that benefit data centers.  More »
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Shell plans Russian expansion with Putin support

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden won a promise of support for the plan from President Vladimir Putin at a meeting at the Russian leader’s residence.  More »
A worker walks through the TransCanada Corp. Houston Lateral Project pipe yard in Mont Belvieu, Texas, U.S., on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.  (Scott Dalton/Bloomberg)

Obama administration delays action on Keystone XL

The Obama administration on Friday said it was giving eight federal agencies more time to weigh in on the Keystone XL pipeline, a move almost certain to delay a final decision on the controversial project until after the Nov. 4 midterm elections.  More »
A boat passes a refinery standing along the Houston Ship Channel.  (Scott Dalton/Bloomberg)

US exporting a ‘tidal wave’ of gasoline, other fuels

U.S. refiners are sending a “tidal wave” of gasoline, diesel and other refined products onto the world market, taking advantage of the surge in domestic oil development that has helped drive Gulf Coast crude stockpiles to record levels, according to a new report.  More »
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Labor shortage threatens to bust shale boom

Labor shortages, causing delays in construction, threaten to slow the Gulf Coast energy boom and push back the date when the country can meet its own energy needs, estimated by BP Plc to be in 2035.  More »
The sand is needed to keep open cracks in the shale after water and chemicals under high pressure fractures the rock. (Ariana Lindquist/Bloomberg)

Fracking sand spurs grain-like silos for rail transport

The sleepy silica sand industry that once mostly supplied glassmakers now ships more than 20 million tons of the material a year. Buyers including Halliburton Co. and Schlumberger Ltd. use the sand in hydraulic fracturing at oil fields in Texas and North Dakota.  More »
Biomass can be used to produce various fuels. (Johnny Hanson / Chronicle )

Ukraine seeks renewable-energy boost to counter Russia

Ukrainian officials say they’ve found a way to protect the nation from Russia: Go green. Ukraine is seeking U.S. investment in its biomass, wind and solar power industries.  More »
China National Offshore Oil Corporation's (CNOOC) oil rig in China's Bohai Sea in 2002. (REUTERS/China Newsphoto/Files)

Top 20 countries for oil and gas salaries

The global average salary for oil and gas workers fell slightly in 2013 after two years of rapid growth, according to a report from recruiting firm Hays.  More »
Mike Hamilton, ground and crew supervisor for Bayou Well Services, keeps watch over a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) worker

Photos: Inside Colorado’s fracking boom

Look inside a walled-off fracking facility in Colorado, one of many sites that is making oil — and dollars — flow in the state. But the drilling has come much too fast — and too close — for several communities  More »
The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico on April 21, 2010, the day after the blowout of BP's Macondo well. (Associate Press photo)

Former drilling chief: US ‘on a course to repeat’ Gulf oil spill

Former Minerals Management Service Director Elizabeth Birnbaum says the Obama administration “still has not taken key steps . . . to increase drilling safety.”  More »
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