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KiOR's facility in Columbus, Miss. (KiOR)

KiOR says it owes $312 million because it missed payment

Biofuel maker KiOR missed a $1.8 million loan payment to the state of Mississippi.  More »
A male sage grouse performing  his "strut". (AP Photo/Rawlins Daily Times, Jerret Raffety, File)

In final hours, Coloradans work to avert ‘threatened’ ruling on bird

State and local officials are pleading with the Fish and Wildlife Service to decide an Endangered Species Act listing is “not warranted” for the bird, ahead of a court-mandated Nov. 12 deadline.  More »
The United Kalavryta, shown in the Gulf in late July, about 60 miles off Galveston's coast. (Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard)

Iraqi ambassador says negotiations continue with Kurdistan over oil

Iraq’s ambassador to the United States said Friday that he “sees positive signs” in the recently launched negotiations between Iraq and Kurdistan regarding oil revenue-sharing agreements, among other points of dispute.  More »
In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014,  file photo, homes are covered in snow and ice in Chicago (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

Natural gas storage on track to recover from last winter’s lows

Natural gas storage inventories usually rise over the summer months and are drawn down in the winter as the fuel is used to heat homes.  More »
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U.S. jobs report helps send oil prices higher

Oil for December delivery rose 74 cents to settle at $78.65 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.  More »
Texas Railroad Commissioner Christie Craddick. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Texas Railroad Commission to continue drill permits in Denton

The chairwoman of a state agency that regulates oil and gas in Texas says she’s disappointed that Denton residents passed a measure to ban further hydraulic fracturing.  More »
(Johnny Hanson /Houston Chronicle file photo)

CenterPoint giving refunds to Midwestern customers ahead of winter

The happy forecast from utilities, weather forecasters and the federal government predict that last winter’s record cold won’t repeat.  More »
(Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle)

Transocean expects $2.76 billion in writedowns

Swiss drilling contractor Transocean has written off $2.76 billion in book value for its offshore rigs as it faces falling day rates and weaker demand for deep-water drilling.  More »

Output cut talk builds ahead of OPEC Vienna meeting

Here’s how four analysts across Europe and the U.S. see the Nov. 27 meeting playing out.  More »
Delegates to the 2013 Winter NAPE Expo visit the booth from Australia in the International Pavilion. (Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle)

Former Petrohawk president takes shale expertise to Australia

Australia has the world’s seventh-largest shale gas resources.  More »
A worker switches well heads at the site of a natural gas hydraulic fracturing and extraction operation. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Illinois lawmakers approve fracking rules

A number of key details were not disclosed, including how the state plans to fund the hiring of new workers to oversee the practice.  More »
Versailles, France (DigitalGlobe)

Sharper satellite images could give energy industry a better view

The president of Spatial Energy says approval from the U.S. government to sell higher resolution images could mean a lot more business for the company.  More »
Chevron Phillips Chemical is considering yet another expansion at its Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown. ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Chevron Phillips Chemical eyes another expansion in Baytown

The company is already building a $6 billion expansion at the same Cedar Bayou plant.  More »
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory speaks during the Coastal Energy Summit at the Wilmington Convention Center in Wilmington, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/The Star-News, Mike Spencer)

North Carolina officials host closed meeting on oil drilling

Among those in attendance were top officials from the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which regulates drilling operations and handles the sale and lease of off-shore drilling rights in federal waters.  More »
An Anadarko Petroleum Corp. drilling rig in Colorado's Wattenberg play drills into the Niobrara rock formation. Anadarko has added to its rig count in Colorado to grow production there 22 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Anadarko hopeful West Texas midstream buy will up output

Marrying rigs, pipes and processing plants doubled Anadarko Petroleum Corp. production in Colorado’s Wattenberg field, so the oil company is betting $1.5 billion it will work again in West Texas.  More »