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Key Energy Services is being recognized in the Chronicle 100 special section. A Key fishing and rental manager inspects inventory. Photo: None / ©Troy Fields

Key Energy Services makes an impressive 180

Onshore well services contractor Key Energy Services put the finishing touches on a major turnaround effort last year, posting significant increases in revenue and earnings and carving out the No. 3 spot on the Chronicle’s 100 public company list.  More »
A Linn Energy relief driller loads drill rods onto a rig in Indiana, Pa. (AP file photo/Andrew Rush)

Linn Energy buys Wyoming operations from BP for $1.025 billion

BP plans to sell two of its properties in Wyoming to LINN Energy for $1.025 billion in cash, it announced today.  More »
Rodney Curtis, employee at Gulf Coast Trucking Plains Marketing, LP, 10214 Beaumont Hwy., working on tanker truck tires Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, in Houston. ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Brimming with oil and natural gas

Across its fuel transportation network, Plains All American Pipeline has hit capacity and is expanding to meet the burgeoning need to move fossil fuels across the country, the company’s leaders say.  More »
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The Motiva refinery in Port Arthur, Texas.

Damage from caustic leak at new Motiva plant may cost millions to fix

A major component of the $10 billion Motiva refinery expansion project in Port Arthur will shut down for several months because of caustic corrosion, a Shell spokeswoman says.  More »
CVR Energy was named to the Chronicle 100 list of leading companies. CVR s Coffeyville operations, both the refinery and the fertilizer plant.  (Photo: Houston Chronicle)

All the pieces fall right into place for CVR Energy

Eight years after a private equity group acquired a Coffeyville, Kan., oil refinery out of bankruptcy to use as a building block for CVR Energy, the Sugar Land company vaulted to No. 5 on the Chronicle’s list of top public firms.  More »
Targa Resources is provider of midstream natural gas and NGL services. Targa employees are working at the Galena Park terminal. Photo: NA / HC

Targa Resources Corp. grows by focusing internally

Targa Resources Corp. spent last year focused on internal growth, a move applauded by investors.  More »
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar climbs stairs down from a rig drilling an oil well for Newfield Exploration Co. in North Dakota. The company expects to drill two wells at the site tapping the Bakken formation and eventually produce 3,000 barrels per day of oil. Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle

Officials: ND energy policy is model for country

Officials say North Dakota’s robust and diverse energy sector can provide a template for the country.  More »
Gulfmark Energy, a subsidiary of Adams Resources, purchases crude oil and the well head and transports it by truck. The company offloads to the storage tanks awaiting barge transportation through the Port of Victoria, Texas. Adams Resources is being recognized in the Chronicle 100.

Adams Resources & Energy rank 7th in Chron 100

Adams Resources & Energy’s crude oil marketing and transportation subsidiary, GulfMark Energy, gets credit for a big portion of the company’s success last year. The company also took advantage of strong activity in the Eagle Ford Shale.  More »

Debby reduces Gulf production by 44 percent

Exxon Mobil Corp. is resuming normal operations in the Gulf of Mexico after evacuating some staff and shutting in production because of Tropical Storm Debby, the company said Monday.  More »
An Energy XXI platform in Grand Isle in the Gulf of Meixco. Energy XXI is an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company whose growth strategy emphasizes acquisitions, enhanced by its value-added organic drilling program. Energy XXI will be recognized in the Chronicle 100 special section.

Energy XXI builds on successful year to rank 8th

Energy XXI had a big year in 2010, and it showed in 2011.  More »
A Linn Energy relief driller loads drill rods onto a rig in Indiana, Pa. (AP file photo/Andrew Rush)

Linn Energy to buy BP’s Jonah Field acreage for $1.03 billion

Linn Energy LLC (LINE) agreed to buy BP Plc (BP/)’s oil and natural-gas fields in Wyoming’s Jonah Field for $1.03 billion.  More »
In this photo from summer 2012, Shell engineer Shawn Gelsinger speaks about the company's planned Arctic drilling while on the drilling floor at the center of the Kulluk conical drilling unit. From left: Shawn Gelsinger, Shell's vice president of Alaska operations Pete Slaiby, Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Concessions to natives & regulators paved way for Shell’s Arctic drilling

For four years, the public face of Shell’s Alaska venture has been working to convince federal regulators and native Alaskans that the company’s plans to search for crude underneath arctic waters can be done safely, without harming whales, walruses and the subsistence hunters that depend on them for food.  More »
Linn Energy CFO Kolja Rockov, Senior Vice President and General Counsel Charlene Ripley, Chairman, President & CEO Mark Ellis, COO Arden Walker, and Senior Vice President of Business Development David Rottino celebrated Linn s fifth anniversary as a publicly traded company by ringing the Nasdaq closing bell in April 2011. Several local unitholders joined them for the event, and they all wore ties with Linn colors.

Linn Energy ranks 9th among public companies

Linn Energy last year logged more than $1.5 bil- lion worth of acquisitions, which helped boost the oil and natural gas company’s bottom line.  More »
Plant Operators at the control room, pipes, towers and fractional facilities at Enterprise refinery in Mont Belvieu, Texas. For the Chronicle: Thomas B. Shea

Chron 100: Infrastructure funding pays off

Enterprise Products Partners amassed a plump project portfolio in 2011, spending billions to expand its network of pipelines in the nation’s busy shale plays.  More »
This drilling rig is working in the South Texas Eagle Ford where, as the largest crude oil producer in the play, EOG Resources had drilled 375 wells through year end 2011 and has plans to drill 3,200 more over the next decade or so.

Houston’s top-performing companies benefit from oil’s resurgence

Last year’s strong crude prices returned oil producers to the top of the Chronicle 100, our annual ranking of Houston’s publicly traded companies. In recent years, many slid in the rankings as oil prices lagged from the national recession. But last year’s rebound restored oil producers to their past glory.  More »