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Shell plans to spend $1 billion on China shale gas development

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) will spend $1 billion developing China’s shale gas reserves, according to Peter Voser, the company’s chief executive.  More »
Shell's new Perdido oil and natural gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico.  ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Two miles of sea covers Big Oil’s next-generation field

The oilfield of the future is taking shape two miles underwater.  More »
ConocoPhillips operations in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas.

Eagle Ford January crude output rises 50% to fan Texas oil boom

Oil production in Texas’s Eagle Ford shale formation climbed 50 percent in January versus a year earlier, boosted by drilling from companies including ConocoPhillips and Chesapeake Energy Corp.  More »
Workers join sections of pipe on a Trinidad Drilling rig leased by Chesapeake Energy north of Douglas, Wyo. Photo: Alan Rogers / Copyright 2012 CASPER STAR-TRIBUNE

Hedge funds in Chesapeake bond fight seek to end intervention

Hedge funds holding $250 million in Chesapeake Energy Corp. debt asked a judge to withdraw from litigation between the company and bond trustee Bank of New York Mellon Corp. over redemption of bonds.  More »
A drilling rig in Pavillion, Wyo., used to drill a deep water well for testing. (Photo: EPA).

Judge sides with Wyoming in fracking chemical suit

A judge in Casper has sided with the state of Wyoming and ruled against environmentalists who sought to obtain lists of the ingredients that go into hydraulic fracturing fluids.  More »
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OPPD wants to show progress at troubled nuke plant

The Nebraska utility that owns the troubled Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant wants to show off the progress that has been made toward preparing the plant to restart.  More »
Alert Logic Network Security Analyst Yohance Clark looks for security threats inside the company's security operations center in Houston. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Hackers hit energy companies more than others

A Houston network security company reports that electronic attacks hit a much higher percentage of its energy company customers than ones in other sectors.  More »
Oil sticks to the grass near the home of Robert Castleberry along side the Yellowstone River near Laurel, Mont., Tuesday July 5, 2011. An Exxon Mobil pipeline near Laurel, Montana ruptured and spilled oil into the Yellowstone. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)

$1.7 million penalty proposed in river spill

The July 2011 rupture fouled 70 miles of the scenic Yellowstone’s banks.  More »
A recent CNBC segment featured young companies who say their technology allows for a more environmentally friendly hydraulic fracturing process, by reducing water use or cutting chemicals.

Companies tout recycled water for fracturing (video)

Young companies who say their innovations make hydraulic fracturing a more environmentally friendly process, by reducing water use and cutting chemicals, touted their technology on a recent CNBC segment.  More »
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, meets with Russian gas monopoly Gazprom head Alexei Miller in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, near outside Moscow. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

Commentary: Russia’s new Middle East energy game

Ever since massive quantities of natural gas were discovered in Israeli and Cypriot territorial waters, the reaction of Russia under the ubiquitous Vladimir Putin became a giant question mark. After all Russia’s energy hegemony over Europe was at stake.  More »
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Rig worker: Training saved lives after BP blowout

A Transocean employee who served as chief mate on the Deepwater Horizon testified Monday that he believes the rig crew’s emergency training saved lives following the 2010 explosion that killed 11 workers and triggered the nation’s worst offshore oil spill.  More »
The Signal International shipyard, background, on the Sabine River in Orange, Texas (AP Photo/Beaumont Enterprise, Pete Churton)

New Beaumont terminal to carry crude to Gulf Coast refiners

Trains bearing crude oil from across North America will begin rumbling into Jefferson Refinery’s crude oil terminal, under construction at the Port of Beaumont’s Orange County dock, in early May.  More »