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Sand or other small substances are used in hydraulic fracturing to prop open fissures in shale formations to allow natural gas to flow. (AP Photo/Minnesota Public Radio, Mark Steil)

SD’s special sand could be used in ND’s oil fields

Officials say western South Dakota could play a key role in energy development in North Dakota and elsewhere because of special sand used to help extract oil and gas.  More »
FMC Technologies' subsea trees monitor and control the production of a subsea well. Fixed to the wellhead of a completed well, subsea trees can also manage fluids or gas injected into the well. (FMC Technologies)

Wells Fargo calls 2013 ‘Year of Subsea’

Wells Fargo analysts are pointing to a boom year for the sector, with sizeable subsea equipment awards, progress on subsea processing technology and larger margins for subsea service and equipment providers.  More »
Google has invested $200 million in the Spinning Spur wind farm (source: Google)

Ohio lawmakers take up wind, solar energy rule

Battle lines are being drawn over whether Ohio should scrap its renewable energy standard, which requires power companies to generate a portion of their electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind.  More »
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US gas prices drop 3 cents over past 2 weeks

The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has dropped three cents over the past two weeks.  More »
Tugboats pull an LNG tanker to Cheniere Energy's Sabine Pass terminal in 2008. (Nick De La Torre / Houston Chronicle)

Centrica inks $5.5B deal for LNG from Cheniere

British utility provider Centrica has agreed to buy liquefied natural gas from Cheniere Energy Partners’ Sabine Pass plant in western Louisiana.  More »
A Sinopec gasoline station. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Sinopec yearly profits fall

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., Asia’s biggest refiner, joined PetroChina Co. in posting lower 2012 profits, as the nation’s largest energy companies look to overseas growth to counter the impact of price controls at home.  More »
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Chevron diesel spill in Utah is larger than first thought

A pipeline linking Salt Lake City and Spokane, Wash. may have leaked 27,000 gallons of diesel fuel into soil and marshes.  More »
A Petrohawk Energy natural gas drilling site in the Eagle Ford Shale is shown in September 2009. (Jake Lacey/Houston Chronicle file photo)

Eaglebine is ‘the next thing’ for drilling companies

Oil and gas companies have also leased acreage and started drilling wells on the eastern edge of the trend closer to Austin and Houston where the Eagle Ford Shale meets the Woodbine Sandstone.  More »
An oil-soaked bird struggles against the oil-slicked side of the HOS Iron Horse supply vessel at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana, in this May 9, 2010 file photo. A high-stakes trial to assign blame and help figure out exactly how much more BP and other companies should pay for the spill began Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

States call Halliburton’s conduct in Gulf spill trial ‘bad faith’

Halliburton heightened the “severity of its misconduct” when it failed to turn over for nearly three years cement samples that may have been used with the undersea well that blew out in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, the states of Alabama and Louisiana said in a court filing Saturday.  More »
Pete Miller, CEO of National Oilwell Varco, at the company's Houston office. (Nick de la Torre/Houston Chronicle)

Business cycles, China and cool technology

National Oilwell Varco CEO Pete Miller, recently was named 2012 CEO of the Year by Morningstar, talks to FuelFix about the company’s success and why he believes China will switch from coal to natural gas sooner than most people think.  More »
A crewman directs a pipe on a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Texas, in 2012. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Senate endorses Keystone XL pipeline construction

The Senate has voted to endorse construction of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that is to carry oil from Canada to Texas oil refineries.  More »
Artists Against Fracking release a music video for their tune "Don't Frack My Mother"

Celebrities release ‘Don’t Frack My Mother’ music video

Yoko Ono’s celebrity crusade against natural gas production, Artists Against Fracking, releases its latest salvo in its fight against hydraulic fracturing — a music video set partly to the tune of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin’”.  More »