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An Eagle Ford well near Kenedy, Texas. (Eric Gay/AP)

Report: 10 percent more Eagle Ford wells this year

Operators working in the Eagle Ford Shale started drilling 2,364 new wells in the first six months of the year, according to the latest Baker Hughes Well Count.  More »
NRG Energy's W.A. Parish power plant in Fort Bend County will begin capturing some of its carbon emissions in 2016. (NRG Energy photo)

NRG begins work on coal plant carbon capture project

A coal-fired generating unit at a power plant near Houston will begin capturing some of its carbon dioxide emissions in 2016.  More »
(AP Photo/Mike Groll, File) As Denton considers fracking ban, the state's oil and gas regulator weighs in, calling the attempt "extremely misguided."

Denton’s proposed fracking ban likely to go to voters

As Denton considers permanently banning hydraulic fracturing within city limits, the state’s oil and gas regulator has weighed into the fray, arguing the move would undercut one of the key pillars of the Texas economy.’  More »
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U.S. gasoline prices at 3-month lows

The average price for a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. is $3.61 a gallon,  More »
A BNSF Railway train hauls crude oil in Montana. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Logistics exec says rail trumps pipelines

Because trains offer flexibility that fixed pipelines can’t match, the trend of moving oil by rail is here to stay, an energy executive told industry leaders and analysts Monday.  More »
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Houston electricity retailer launches $63 million IPO

Houston-based electricity and gas retailer Spark Energy launched its initial public offering Monday seeking $57 million to $63 million.  More »
Jacob Dweck, a partner with the Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan law firm, speaks about oil exports at the Energy Information Administration's 2014 summit in Washington, D.C. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Trade lawyer: Feds’ rulings won’t unleash flood of oil exports

The secret government rulings that gave two Texas companies confidence they could export a slightly distilled ultra-light oil will not open the floodgates for that condensate to flow overseas, a top trade lawyer said Monday.  More »
Exterran Partners has agreed to buy hundreds of midstream compressor units, like the one shown here, from Chesapeake Energy for $360 million. (Exterran)

Exterran to buy compressor units from Chesapeake for $135M

Exterran Partners plans to spend $135 million to buy another round of Chesapeake Energy’s midstream compression units, equipment used to push freshly extracted natural gas into pipelines.  More »
Arthur Perales III works on a gear reducer at the Weatherford rod-pump manufacturing plant Thursday, June 26, 2014, in Katy. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

Rosneft to buy Weatherford operations in Russia, Venezuela

Russian oil giant Rosneft will buy Weatherford International’s land drilling and workover operations in Russia and Venezuela for $500 million cash, the companies announced Monday morning.  More »
Maria van der Hoeven, executive director of the International Energy Agency. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

IEA chief: US energy security not as secure as we think

U.S. headlines are full of good news about the nation’s soaring oil and gas production, but those rosy forecasts may be papering over serious gaps, an international energy leader said Monday.  More »
Paul Morel used to go out to Shell's Olympus platform to help operate it. Now he works in a New Orleans office. (Ryan Holeywell/Houston Chronicle)

Technology lets producers move jobs from platforms to land

Shell and other offshore players to move a growing number of jobs historically performed at sea onto land.  More »
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Whiting to buy Kodiak, creating larger North Dakota player

Whiting Petroleum Corp. agreed to buy Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. for about $3.8 billion in stock, creating what it called the largest oil producer in the Bakken/Three Forks region of North Dakota.  More »
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