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Spectra's Egan Hub facility near Lake Charles, LA.

Permit sought to build La. gas export terminal

Energy Transfer Equity LP said Monday it has filed for permission from federal regulators to build its proposed natural gas export terminal at Lake Charles.  More »
Atlantic bottlenose dolphin affected by oil spill

Agency stops seismic tests; worries about dolphins

With sick and dead dolphins turning up along Louisiana’s coast, federal regulators are curbing an oil and natural gas exploration company from doing seismic tests known to disturb marine mammals.  More »
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Chevron Phillips to build large chemical plant

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company announced plans today to build the world’s largest plant by capacity for a key component of plastic resin in Baytown.  More »
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One of EnCana's SAGD oilsands operations located near Christina Lake.

Encana seeks partner for North American oil, liquids fields

Encana Corp., Canada’s biggest natural-gas producer, is seeking partners to help fund drilling on 1.58 million acres of oil and gas-liquids fields in the U.S. and Canada.  More »
Dow Chemical's petrochemical complex in Freeport is one of the largest in the world. (Dow Chemical)

Dow Chemical plans to lay off 900

The Dow Chemical Co. plans to lay off about 900 people in response to weak demand for its products in Europe.  More »
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Democratic group targets Romney ties to oil

A Democratic outside group backing President Barack Obama’s re-election bid is trying to tie Republican Mitt Romney to the oil industry, responding to an ad assailing Obama’s energy record.  More »

KKR, Premier agree to buy shale properties from WPX Energy

KKR & Co. (KKR), which teamed up two years ago with Premier Natural Resources LLC to buy oil and gas assets in North America, agreed to acquire properties in the Barnett shale and Arkoma basin from WPX Energy Inc. for $306 million.  More »
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Life on the Shale

A few years ago, Frankie Gonzalez was working marginal jobs and running with the wrong crowd in his small South Texas hometown of San Diego. Now he’s among the many oil field workers cashing in on the gusher known as the Eagle Ford Shale.  More »
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BP workers can’t sue retirement plan over spill, judge says

BP employees can’t sue managers of the company’s retirement savings plan because of losses stemming from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a judge has ruled.  More »
Members of the team of Brazil's Unioeste-Universidade Estadual Do Oesta Do Parana celebrate as their driver brakes in the pit after completing his laps at the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas 2012. Photo: Mayra Beltran / © 2012 Houston Chronicle

UH, Rice compete in Shell Eco-Marathon Americas 2012

Students from the University of Houston meticulously put finishing touches on their hydrogen fuel cell car Sunday afternoon, tinkering with metal parts that would be unrecognizable to most.  More »
President Barack Obama, with Solyndra Chief Executive Officer Chris Gronet, looks at a solar panel, during a tour of Solyndra, Inc., a solar panel manufacturing facility, in Fremont, Calif. Solyndra received a $535 million loan from the U.S. government has announced layoffs of 1,100 workers and plans to file for bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Steffy: Don’t blame China for Obama’s solar folly

The U.S. Commerce Department recently announced import tariffs on Chinese solar panels after declaring that Beijing illegally subsidized manufacturing.  More »
Michael Bromwich, Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (AP file photo/The Times Picayune)

Bromwich: Offshore drilling regulators need to be ‘aggressive’

The former prosecutor who overhauled the federal agencies that oversee offshore drilling in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill wants regulators to publicly advance new safety rules and aggressively enforce the ones already on the books.  More »