Fuel Fix

Bill Elwell, vice president of engineering at Houston-based Excel Engineering. Denmark-based Ramboll Oil & Gas said in October 2013 that it had reached a deal to acquire Excel. (Emily Pickrell/Houston Chronicle)

Danish firm finds platform for expansion in Houston

Danish consulting firm Ramboll Oil & Gas Co. is the latest company from overseas to look to Houston as a launching pad for a broader expansion into the U.S. and offshore.  More »
A Petrohawk Energy natural gas drilling site in the Eagle Ford Shale is shown in September 2009. (Jake Lacey/Houston Chronicle file photo)

Big Oil comes up short in shale

The same North American oil patches that have lifted Pioneer and other independent oil producers to an unprecedented status in the energy industry haven’t come up gushers for major integrated oil companies like Royal Dutch Shell and BP.  More »
Steven Schmidt, right, Terminal Manager of NuStar in Port Corpus Christi, talks with Greg Matula, also of NuStar, at the contraction site of the new pier for oil tankers.  Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. (Bob Owen/San Antonio Express-News)

NuStar opens new Corpus Christi dock for Eagle Ford crude (photos)

San Antonio-based NuStar Energy LP this week celebrated the opening of its new dock at the Port of Corpus Christi, built to move crude oil from the Eagle Ford Shale.  More »
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A globe in the hallway of the main building at the ConocoPhillips campus in Houston, Texas. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle)

ConocoPhillips boosts estimate of Eagle Ford barrels

ConocoPhillips says it’s sitting on even more oil in its Eagle Ford Shale acreage than it thought.  More »
A 20-ton blowout preventer from National Oilwell Varco is delivered to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University in March 2014 as part of the Offshore Drilling exhibit on display through Feb. 1, 2015.A 20-ton blowout preventer from National Oilwell Varco is delivered to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University in March 2014 as part of the Offshore Drilling exhibit on display through Feb. 1, 2015. (George Bush Presidential Library and Museum)

George Bush Library launches offshore drilling exhibit (photos)

The George Bush Presidential Library has launched an exhibit that tells the story of offshore drilling, highlighting technological innovations in the industry and the former president’s work as a Texas oilman.  More »
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Ohio geologists link small quakes to fracking

Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation’s strictest.  More »
Exxon Mobil Corp. chairman and chief executive Rex W. Tillerson speaks to reporters during a news conference. (AP file photo/LM Otero)

Executive pay drops as shareholder pressure rises on oil giants

Several of the largest U.S. energy companies cut into top-shelf executive pay last year as activist investors pushed them to shrink their oil empires and steer more capital to shareholder pockets.  More »
The headquarters of GDF Suez SA stand at La Defense in Paris. (Nigel Dickinson/Bloomberg)

Natural gas loses decades-old tie to oil in landmark deal

A contract for France’s largest natural gas company to buy the commodity from Azerbaijan shows the decades-old structure of Europe’s energy market is starting to crumble.  More »
The LNG vessel Dukhan sits moored at the Enagas SA gas storage facility at the port of Barcelona. (Xabier Mikel Laburu/Bloomberg)

Gas carousel making Spain Europe’s biggest gas exporter

Spain overtook Norway in March to become the region’s biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas, but the southern European nation has never produced any of the fuel.  More »
(Paul Thomas/Bloomberg)

Houston solar power lags far behind other Texas cities

A new study from a Texas-based environmentalist group finds that Houston is lagging behind other cities in its use of solar power.  More »
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Keystone XL foes seek health study on pipeline

Two Senate Democrats on Friday strengthened their push against the Keystone XL pipeline, unveiling a letter from public health groups urging the Obama administration to study the medical risks associated with the project.  More »
Money Roll

Utility offers $250K reward in grid attack

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. offered a $250,000 reward Thursday for information leading to an arrest and conviction in a startling attack mounted nearly a year ago on telephone lines and the power grid in Silicon Valley.  More »
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