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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 »
Beach-goers walk on the sand near the San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Clemente , Calif.  (AP Photo, Lenny Ignelzi, File)

Ailing San Onofre nuke plant eyes summer restart

Edison has been trying since October to convince the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that it’s safe to run one of its units at partial power, after the plant shut down because of damage to hundreds of its tubes that carry radioactive water.  More »
Joseph Dancy, a venture capitalist and law professor at Southern Methodist University. (Emily Pickrell/Houston Chronicle)

Low energy stock prices make for bargain buys, venture capitalist says

Most energy stocks are priced far below the value of their assets, leaving the door open for investors to profit greatly from the recent energy boom, according to Joseph Dancy, a venture capitalist and law professor at Southern Methodist University, speaking at an energy media breakfast on Thursday.  More »
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Santrol officials say their new R&D facility in Sugar Land offers space for new equipment, including this helium pycnometer, used to measure the specific gravity of materials. (Santrol photo)

Santrol opens $5 million research center in Sugar Land

Santrol is expanding into a $5 million research facility in Sugar Land, saying the move will provide more space for its work on proppants.  More »
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Senator calls for explanation of ethanol’s volatile value

The value of ethanol RINs, certificates used by refiners and the EPA to show compliance with government biofuel mandates, reached a record $1.06 on March 8, data compiled by Bloomberg show.  More »
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Judges challenge SEC rule on foreign oil payments

A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring public companies engaged in oil, natural gas or mineral extraction to disclose payments to foreign governments was questioned by appeals court judges, who asked whether the regulation violates companies’ free speech.  More »
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Guest commentary: Dow plays both sides on natural gas exports

John Rafuse, a former energy advisor to the Nixon White House, criticizes Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris for publicly opposing expanded exports of U.S. natural gas, while his company remains partial owner of a Texas project seeking to ship liquefied natural gas overseas.  More »
A gas station attendant pumps gas, in Portland, Ore.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Fuel demand hits 20-year low for February

As other economic indicators are headed up, the American Petroleum Institute reported this week that U.S. petroleum demand was down by more than 4 percent in February compared to a year earlier.  More »
University of Houston Chancellor Renu Khator has made energy one of the university's key initiatives. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

UH adds new emphasis on energy

In an acknowledgment of the role energy plays in modern life, the University of Houston has added an interdisciplinary minor in energy and sustainability to its academic offerings.  More »
BP CEO Bob Dudley speaks at an energy conference in Houston. (Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle)

BP announces $8 billion share buyback following deal with Rosneft

BP’s sale of its 50 percent stake in TNK-BP to Russian state oil company Rosneft is allowing the British oil giant to launch an $8 billion share buyback program.  More »
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Sierra Club blasts plan for fracturing standards

The Sierra Club and some other environmental groups are harshly criticizing a new partnership that aims to create tough new standards for fracking.  More »
Tar Sands Blockade protests the Keystone Pipeline at a TransCanada office in Houston. (Cody Duty/Houston Chronicle)

Opinion: Keystone pipeline foes should face reality

Opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline warn of its potentially catastrophic consequences. Building it, climate scientist James Hansen says, would mean “game over” for the climate.  More »