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The Signal International shipyard, background, on the Sabine River in Orange, Texas (AP Photo/Beaumont Enterprise, Pete Churton)

New Beaumont terminal to carry crude to Gulf Coast refiners

Trains bearing crude oil from across North America will begin rumbling into Jefferson Refinery’s crude oil terminal, under construction at the Port of Beaumont’s Orange County dock, in early May.  More »
A Chevron oil discovery in the Gulf of Mexico was drilled through a layer of salt referred to as the Lower Tertiary Trend. The well was drilled in more than 6,000 feet of water and at a total depth of 31,866 feet. (Graphic: Chevron)

Chevron strikes oil more than 6 miles below sea level

Operating in 6,000 feet of water, Chevron announced Monday that an exploration well in the Coronado prospect of the deep-water Gulf of Mexico struck oil off the coast of Louisiana.  More »

Shell shuts Gulf crude pipeline after leak

Royal Dutch Shell Plc shut a 170,000-barrel-a-day pipeline that moves Gulf of Mexico crude to Houma, Louisiana, after the pipe leaked in Terrebonne Bay in Louisiana.  More »
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ZaZa Energy is emphasizing its assets in the Eaglebine with a joint venture with EOG Resources; the company is selling some of its assets in the Eagle Ford. (ZaZa photo)

ZaZa, EOG enter agreement to work in the Eaglebine

ZaZa Energy Corp. has entered into a joint venture with EOG Resources to develop ZaZa’s Eaglebine assets in five counties north of Houston.  More »

Judge sides with Wyoming in fracking chemical suit

A Wyoming judge has ruled against environmentalists who sought to make public the lists of ingredients that go into hydraulic fracturing fluids.  More »
Hellen Reasoner Hutchison, as one of the first female landmen, has blazed a path for women and her family. Her son Rick L. Reasoner and granddaughter Rachel Reasoner have followed her into the field. (Photo Brett Coomer, Houston Chronicle)

Breaking the gender barrier was hard work, but ‘lots of fun’

About a third of the members of the American Association of Professional Landmen are women and the numbers are growing. Houstonian Hellen Reasoner Hutchison said the trend started with her, when she became the first woman to join in 1973.  More »
A man walks in front of Duke Energy Corporate Headquarters in a Charlotte, N.C.  (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)

Clean energy costs taxing utilities

Regulated electric utilities are feeling the heat to generate more clean energy while keeping the prices low, the CEO of Duke Energy said on a Platts talk show program on Monday morning.  More »
Cesar Garcia uses his cellphone after work as roommate Andres Cadena relaxes alongside their trailer at Lonesome Creek RV Resort near Kenedy, which in the Eagle Ford Shale region. (Tom Reel/San Antonio Express-News)

Life is lonely in Eagle Ford ‘trailerhood’

If the Lonesome Creek RV Resort were any more lonesome, it could at times pass for a graveyard of manufactured housing. On a recent midmorning visit, the only signs of life were a skittish stray cat and a turkey buzzard wandering among the trailers.  More »
Sugarcane is harvested in Brazil for BP's Tropical ethanol plant, part of BP's biofuels expansion in the South American country. (Marc Morrison/BP)

Steffy: Ethanol law has become a mandate to nowhere

We’re squabbling about legislation that clearly hasn’t worked.  More »
Saudi Aramco CEO Khalid Al-Falih said in an exclusive interview with the Houston Chronicle that hackers present major threats to oil companies. (Photo: Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle).

Cyberattack risk high for oil and gas industry

In the months since a virus ripped through 30,000 of Saudi Aramco’s computers, the world’s largest oil company has become the canary of the industry, warning others of the serious threats already lurking on their systems.  More »
A Phillips 66 refinery. (Phillips 66)

Barriers bottle up refinery plans

New refineries could help ease the backup created by increasing U.S. crude production, but significant economic and political barriers discourage the industry from building the facilities.  More »
Royalties from oil production on state lands is pushing Texas' Permanent University Fund toward a record $1 billion in annual revenue. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Official says Nebraska oil boom remains unlikely

Nebraska’s geology makes it unlikely that the state will experience an oil boom, despite the success of modern drilling techniques in neighboring Colorado and Wyoming, according to the Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s director.  More »