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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 »
Nicholas Eberstadt speaks during the IHS CERAWeek session titled Tectonic Shifts: Demographics and Surprises Ahead in the Middle East Thursday,  March 8, 2013 at the Hilton Americas in Houston.  (Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle)

Demographic shift in men will impact workforce

Global demographic shifts are leading to changes in the ratio of men to women, the elderly population and the family dynamic, and that will have a future impact on the number of eligible and highly skilled workers, an expert said Friday.  More »

BP's Bob Dudley speaks at CERAWeek 2013. (Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle)

Steffy: BP CEO overlooks a lesson lost

Almost three years after the Deepwater Horizon came to define it, BP wants to tell a different story.  More »
Towers are assembled for power lines in Central Texas. A proposal to pay companies to build excess generating capability, through what is called a forward capacity market, has caused concern for consumers.

Energy will need a diversity of sources

After a week cheering the newfound U.S. natural gas bounty and its promise, audiences at a Houston energy conference heard sobering reminders Thursday that gas alone won’t keep American lights on.  More »
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Illinois deal on fracking could be national model

After years of clashing over the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” the oil industry and environmentalists have achieved something extraordinary in Illinois: They sat down together to draft regulations both sides could live with.  More »
A family plays on Nakoso beach in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture, Japan. Fukushima prefecture (state) has opened its first beach to swimmers since last year's nuclear disaster after judging the water to be safe. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

Stress emerges as major health issue in Fukushima

Japan’s radiation nightmare has turned the lively home that truck driver Takahiro Ishitani once shared with his wife and three sons into a cluttered bachelor pad.  More »
Nexen chief executive Kevin Reinhart addresses the company's annual meeting in Calgary, Alberta. Oil and gas producer Nexen Inc. has agreed to be acquired by China National Offshore Oil Company for US$15.1 billion cash. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)

Nexen seeks to amend $4 billion of bonds, add Cnooc guarantee

Nexen Inc. (NXY) is asking holders of almost $4 billion of bonds to amend the terms of the debt, allowing the Canadian energy company to remove some covenants and add Cnooc Ltd. (883) as a guarantor.  More »
(Helge Hansen / Statoil)

Fed survey: Pa. shale gas boom regions robust

A Federal Reserve survey of regional economic trends says activity coinciding with the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom in Pennsylvania has been robust.  More »

Exxon decades away from making fuel from algae

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM)’s $600 million foray into creating motor fuels from algae may not succeed for at least another 25 years because of technical hurdles, said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson.  More »
Bill Gates

Bill Gates urges government to spend more on energy R&D

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates urges more government funding for energy research.  More »
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Valero considering more heavy Canadian crude for refining

On Thursday, Valero President Joe Gorder said the company is considering shipping by rail 30,000 barrels a day of heavy sour Canadian crude to its 135,000-barrel-a-day Wilmington plant.  More »
The Valero Three Rivers Refinery in Three Rivers, Texas between San Antonio and Corpus Christi refines a lot of oil from the Eagle Ford Shale. (San Antonio Express News/John Davenport)

Valero refinery revived on Eagle Ford crude

Valero Energy Corp.’s refinery in Three Rivers was headed for mothballs a few years ago. Now that it sits in the middle of the Eagle Ford Shale, it’s called a “crown jewel.”  More »
Crewmen work a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Texas. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Landowners meet oil industry in Beaumont courtroom over Keystone XL

TransCanada and the Texas Land Partners presented their cases to the judges of the Ninth Court of Appeals in a dispute over the condemnation of Southeast Texas farmland for the Keystone XL pipeline.  More »
Deborah Caplan , COO, Florida Power & Light Company talks about what she learned dealing with three hurricanes in 2005. (Nick de la Torre/Houston Chronicle)

Hurricanes are trial run for cyberattacks, energy leaders say

Power utilities are better prepared for cyberattacks aimed at energy companies and the electric grid because of their responses to hurricanes and other natural disasters, but better planning and coordination are needed, executives said at the CERAWeek energy conference Thursday.  More »