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A Chesapeake Energy drilling rig (Photo: Chesapeake Energy)

Chesapeake may sell some shares in Clean Energy Fuels

Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK), the U.S. natural gas producer selling as much as $7 billion in assets this year to plug a cash shortfall, may sell part of its stake in Clean Energy (CLNE) Fuels Corp.  More »
Anadarko Petroleum Corp. drills a series of wells on a pad on a Weld County farm near Mead, Colo. in the northeastern part of the state. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

Gas rigs drop to fewest since 1999 as drilling declines

Oil and gas rigs in the U.S. fell for a third straight week to the lowest level since January after producers moved equipment out of gas plays.  More »
A hydrogen explosion rocks the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station number three reactor on March 14, 2011. (AFP PHOTO/HO/NHK)

Japan’s cleanup lags from tsunami, nuke accident

Two years after the triple calamities of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster ravaged Japan’s northeastern Pacific coast, debris containing asbestos, lead, PCBs — and perhaps most worrying — radioactive waste due to the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant looms as a threat for the region.  More »

An oil pump jack is shown in a a field adjacent to a sub-division near Fredrick, Colo.  (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Georgia tees up for next shale gas boom

Shale gas drilling is slowing across the country, but a handful of companies are poking around this corner of the state looking for the next natural gas “play.” If they succeed, Georgia could join the ranks of states reaping jobs, revenue and fears of environmental damage from energy production.  More »
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

Fracturing health study results likely years off

With New York entering the fifth year of review of the process known as hydraulic fracturing, growing calls to wait for the study could push a final decision back several more years, frustrating landowners and the natural gas industry.  More »
James A. Baker, who served as the U.S. Secretary of State between 1989 and 1992. (AP Photo/Nousha Salimi)

Baker Botts continues Middle East expansion

Global energy law firm Baker Botts announced an alliance with the International Legal Group of Kuwait.  More »
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NY natural gas futures climb on late winter cold spell

Natural gas futures advanced in New York, heading for a third consecutive weekly gain, on speculation that the late winter Eastern U.S. cold snap will help burn off excess fuel.  More »
General Motors CEO Daniel Akerson (Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle)

Opinion: GM chief gets it right on U.S. energy policy

The Houston Chronicle editorial board applauds General Motors chief Dan Akerson for taking a strong stance on pro-growth energy policy.  More »
General Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and NSA, speaks  at the IHS CERAWeek Thursday,  March 8, 2013 at the Hilton Americas in Houston.  (Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle)

Security threats a certainty on energy networks, ex-CIA head says

Computer security breaches are a certainty for energy companies, but the best responses to them are still unclear, a former intelligence director told executives Friday.  More »
Frederick W. Smith, chairman and CEO of FedEx, speaks during keynote address at the IHS CERAWeek Thursday,  March 8, 2013 at the Hilton Americas in Houston.  (Melissa Phillip / Houston)

From Jerry Garcia to Margaret Thatcher

Frederick Smith, the chairman and CEO of FedEx Corp., offered a little advice Friday to his colleagues in the corner office: If you’re looking for innovation, keep an open mind.  More »
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Maryland anti-fracking bills die

Maryland lawmakers seeking to block the natural gas production technique hydraulic fracturing have struck out in the General Assembly.  More »
James L. Connaughton, executive vice president and senior policy advisor of Exelon Corporation, speaks during the IHS CERAWeek session titled Climate Change and Energy Transition: A Long View Thursday,  March 8, 2013 at the Hilton Americas in Houston.  (Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle)

Transition to low-carbon future will unfold slowly, execs say

The U.S. is on the cusp of an energy transformation driven by policy and environmental goals, but it will take a long time for that transition to unfold, business leaders and analysts said Friday at the IHS CERAWeek energy conference.  More »
Michael Dolan, senior vice president of Exxon Mobil, speaks during the IHS CERAWeek session titled The Thirty Year View Thursday,  March 8, 2013 at the Hilton Americas in Houston.  (Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle)

Exxon exec blasts opponents of gas exports

A top Exxon Mobil Corp. executive on Friday blasted opponents of exporting natural gas from the United States, where booming production has led to surpluses and weak demand.  More »
Gay Huey Evans has been elected a director of the ConocoPhillips board of directors. (ConocoPhillips)

Finance expert Gay Huey Evans joins ConocoPhillips board

ConocoPhillips announced Friday that its board of directors has elected Gay Huey Evans to its ranks, the second woman to join the board in the past year.  More »
Plaquemines Parish coastal zone director P.J. Hahn walks through oiled marsh grass in Bay Jimmy near the Louisiana coast on Oct. 14, 2010. (AP file photo/Patrick Semansky)

BP warns investor it’s paying more than expected for spill

BP says claims paid so far under a settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents have been higher than expected.  More »