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Dispute over Pa. gas drilling fees

There’s been plenty of controversy over Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, and now tax rates are part of the debate, too.  More »
Al Walker will become chairman of the board of Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in mid-May. (Anadarko photo)

Anadarko’s Walker named chairman as Hackett’s reign ends

As Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC) Chairman Jim Hackett steps down and heads off to Harvard Divinity School, Chief Executive Officer Al Walker’s biggest challenge is convincing investors nothing will change at the $45 billion global oil explorer.  More »
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Japan watchdog to halt test reactor over safety

Japan’s nuclear watchdog announced Wednesday that the nation’s trouble-plagued next-generation test reactor will not be allowed to restart due to safety violations, dealing a setback to the country’s pro-nuclear government.  More »
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A crew works on a Marcellus Shale drilling rig to produce natural gas. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Paper: drilling waste setting off radiation alarms

Gas drilling waste is setting off more radiation alarms at Pennsylvania landfills.  More »
The San Onofre nuclear power plant along Pacific Ocean coastline in San Onofre, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

NRC chief: No commitment on hearing at Cal nuke

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has not decided whether it will hold a public hearing on a plan to restart the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant in California, the nation’s top nuclear regulator said.  More »
BHP Chief Executive Officer Andrew Mackenzie speaks during a news conference in Sydney, Australia. BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest mining company. (Ian Waldie/Bloomberg)

BHP targets 18% capital spending cut in 2014

BHP Billiton Ltd., the world’s largest mining company, is targeting an 18 percent cut to capital spending in fiscal 2014 as part of an industry-wide drive to boost returns from investment.  More »
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation CEO Al Walker. (Nick de la Torre / Houston Chronicle)

Anadarko may have Mozambique stake sale deal in coming weeks

Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the second- largest U.S. independent oil and natural gas producer by market value, may have an agreement in the coming weeks to sell a stake in a drilling prospect off the coast of Mozambique.  More »
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Fortune 500: Biggest losers and gainers

Energy companies are regulars at the top of the Fortune 500 list. But several of the biggest names in the business took a hit this year.  More »
A Petrohawk Energy Co. drilling site at the Eagle Ford Shale in McMullen County. (Jake Lacey)

IEA sees U.S. oil shockwaves ousting OPEC as supply driver

The U.S. shale boom will send “shockwaves” through the global oil trade over the next five years, benefiting the nation’s refiners and displacing OPEC as the driver of supply growth, the IEA said.  More »

CEO: ConocoPhillips on track for 25% growth by 2017

A year removed from a split that made ConocoPhillips the world’s largest independent oil company, its CEO said it was on track for a more than 25 percent production jump by 2017.  More »
Corn is unloaded from trucks into the grain elevator at the Mid Missouri Energy ethanol plant in Malta Bend, Missouri. (Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg)

Bill would add natural gas-based ethanol to federal biofuels mandate

To the federal government, ethanol only counts as a conventional biofuel if it is produced from switchgrass, corn starch or other plant materials. But Texas Rep. Pete Olson wants to change that.  More »

Price-fixing probe in Europe targets BP, Statoil, Shell, others

Several major oil firms, including BP, Statoil and Royal Dutch Shell, have been caught up in a price-fixing probe in Europe.  More »
An aerial view of the Ensco 8502 drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Gulf of Mexico growth increases need for storm evac planning

The growth in deep-water operations in the Gulf of Mexico has increased the need for emergency transportation facilities that can move workers out of harm’s way in case of of a hurricane.  More »
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Drones can combat power outages, expert says

Power companies could borrow an anti-terrorism tool to aid them in responding to outages after big storms. A nonprofit research group believes that drones could be used to gather information quickly about damage and speed up the ability of crews to restore electricity to customers.  More »
Kinder Morgan Inc.'s 180 terminals include this one in Pasadena. (Photo: Kinder Morgan Inc.)

Kinder Morgan project aims to ease Houston Ship Channel congestion

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners said this week it would spend $106 million to buy about 20 acres next to its Pasadena terminal, build nine new storage tanks and build a new barge dock that is expected to help relieve current barge congestion in the Houston Ship Channel. The land will be used for a future […]  More »