Fuel Fix

An emerging technology that converts plastics to oil has yet to be embraced by the industry, in part because of a lack of awareness. (American Chemistry Council)

Chemistry Council: Turning leftover plastic into oil could create thousands of jobs

An American Chemistry Council report found that there’s enough non-recycled plastic in the U.S. to feed hundreds of plastics-to-oil facilities and create thousands of jobs.  More »
Houston-based Hi-Crush Partners operates a sand mining facility in Wyeville, Wis. (Hi-Crush photo)

Frac sand company sees IPOs today, mergers tomorrow

It’s a good time to be among the handful of companies providing sand to the oil industry — one of the largest projects that the market will grow 30 percent in 2014.  More »
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Texas electricity complaints rising, study says

Texas residents’ complaints about their electricity service are on the rise for the first time in four years according to a newly unveiled analysis by the advocacy group Texas Coalition for Affordable Power.  More »
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Kinder Morgan picks Pemex subsidiary for Tennessee-to-Texas pipeline project

Kinder Morgan has closed a solicitation period for shipping contracts along its South System Flexibility Project with a commitment from the natural gas arm of Petróleos Mexicanos.  More »
BG Group appoints Statoil Chief Helge Lund as CEO. (Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

BG Group appoints Statoil CEO to end leadership void

BG’s new appointment may end a turbulent three-year period where the company’s stock dropped 35 percent.  More »
Apache Corp.'s announced the resignation of Alfonso Leon, its chief financial officer, Oct. 14 (Apache Corp)

Apache to get third CFO in eight months

Alfonso Leon, the company’s chief financial officer and executive vice president, resigned Tuesday, the Houston-based exploration and production company announced.  More »
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Refiners to Obama: Keep renewable fuel quotas down

Refiners warned the administration that if it gives in to Corn Belt demands for higher mandates, it could cause gasoline prices to spike.  More »
A drill rig works in  Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Study links Ohio quakes to hydraulic fracturing

Study co-author Paul Friberg said that fracturing rock results in micro-earthquakes but that some of the Harrison County tremors were significantly larger than expected.  More »
Containment booms are placed on the beach in an effort to clean the beach from effects of the Deepwater Horizon in 2010 in Elmer's Island, Louisiana. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Treasury clears way for oil spill recovery grants

A Treasury Department statement says that, so far, the trust fund has $653 million. That figure is expected to grow by billions.  More »
Scott Sheffield, CEO of Pioneer Natural Resources and C. Boyden Gray, former  ambassador to the European Union, speak about oil exports at The Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Exec sees Texas condensate exports soaring

Texas could be exporting 1 million barrels per day of an ultra-light oil known as condensate if oil companies have their way.  More »
Pipelines lead to a ship being loaded at Kinder Morgan Energy Partners’ terminal in Pasadena, which will be expanded as part of a $240 million project the company announced Oct. 14, 2014. The expansion includes 2.1 million barrels of storage between Kinder Morgan’s Pasadena and Galena Park terminals, and an additional dock for ocean-going vessesls at the Galena Park facility. (Kinder Morgan photo)

Kinder Morgan to expand Houston docks and storage

Kinder Morgan plans a quarter-billion-dollar expansion of its Houston Ship Channel storage and shipping complex.  More »
Oil Barrels

Crude oil falls deeper into bear territory

West Texas oil for November delivery dropped $3.90 to $81.84 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, the lowest settlement since June 28, 2012.  More »
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