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Robbie Diamond, president and CEO of Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE), speaks during panel   at the IHS CERAWeek conference in Houston on March 5, 2014. ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

No energy policy not such a bad thing, experts suggest

For years, it has been a mantra in Washington: The absence of a broad U.S. energy policy is holding America back, keeping the nation from realizing its full potential.  More »
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US Supreme Court seeks middle ground on shareholder suits

Hearing arguments Wednesday in Washington, the justices considered a bid by Halliburton Co. to overturn a 1988 decision that forms the legal basis for 80 percent of the group securities suits filed each year.  More »
David Goldwyn is an energy expert and served as a special envoy for international energy affairs at the State Department from 2009 to 2011.

Guest commentary: Mexico energy reform offers a new framework for a new era

David Goldwyn, former special envoy for international energy affairs at the U.S. State Department, details why — despite being far from finished — signs are positive for Mexico’s new energy policy.  More »
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Christopher Smith, assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy, speaks during panel at the IHS CERAWeek conference at Hilton Americas - Houston Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Houston. ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Growth in oil field water use challenging regulators

Industrial water management needs more comprehensive regulatory rules that cover its use ‘cradle to grave’, experts said a morning breakfast panel Wednesday.  More »
Andrew Sunderman (left), chief financial officer of Direct Energy, speaks during panel at the CERAWeek energy conference on March 5, 2014. ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Amid boom, difficulty adding natural gas customers

Natural gas may be abundant in the United States, but finding ways to sell more of it has been a challenge for companies that have supplied it for decades.  More »
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Oil prices slip

The price of oil slipped to near $103 a barrel on Wednesday as concerns over Russia’s military advance into Ukraine eased, but the situation remained tense overall.  More »
Chesapeake CEO Robert "Doug" Lawler speaks at the IHS CERAWeek energy conference in Houston on March 4, 2014. (Mayra Beltran/Houston Chronicle)

Bullish future for production, Chesapeake CEO says

From the swampy gas fields of Louisiana to Alberta’s icy tar sands to the jungles of Colombia, the best is yet to come for upstream production, panelists agreed during an afternoon discussion at CERAWeek.  More »
A pump jack pulls crude oil from the Bakken region of the Northern Plains near Bainville, Mont. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Oil exec: Decades of life left in Bakken Shale

Continental Resources President Rick Bott is bullish on the Bakken Formation and pushing back against critics who say the U.S. shale oil revolution will be short lived.  More »
Jin-Yong Cai, executive vice president and CEO of International Finance Corporation, speaks at the IHS CERAWeek conference in Houston on March 4, 2014. (Maya Beltran/Houston Chronicle)

Energy projects struggling to find investors as costs rise

Soaring costs across the oil and gas industry are threatening to price out emerging markets competing to attract capital, the head of the International Finance Corp. warned Tuesday.  More »
Valero CEO Bill Klesse speaks about global oil demand during the IHS CERAWeek energy conference on March 4, 2014. (Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle)

Oil demand won’t peak for decades, Valero CEO says

growing need for transportation fuels in developing countries will stave off a peak in global oil demand over the next decade, despite shrinking oil use in the U.S. and other mature markets, panelists said Tuesday.  More »
Prime Minister Harper, center, talks with firefighters in July in Lac Megantic, Quebec.    A runaway train derailed Saturday  exploding tanker cars carrying crude oil and destroying part of the downtown area of Lac Megantic.   (AP Photo/THE CANADIAN PRESS, Paul Chiasson)

Refiners ask for timeout on new oil-by-rail tests

Refiners are pleading with U.S. regulators for a timeout on new mandates on North Dakota oil before loading it onto train tankers.  More »
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Oil drops as Putin comments cool Ukraine tension

U.S. crude for April delivery fell $1.59 to $103.33 a barrel.  More »