Fuel Fix

Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson speaks to 2015 IHS Energy CERAWeek. (Billy Smith II/Houston Chronicle)

Exxon Mobil earnings fall 52 percent

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Categories: Crude oil, featured
Lower prices cost oil and gas giant Exxon Mobil’s upstream business $4.5 billion, the company said.

Exxon Mobil earnings fall 52 percent

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Categories: Crude oil, featured
Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson speaks to 2015 IHS Energy CERAWeek. (Billy Smith II/Houston Chronicle)
Lower prices cost oil and gas giant Exxon Mobil’s upstream business $4.5 billion, the company said.
(Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

Shell to ax thousands of jobs amid $7 billion in spending cuts

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The company, which in April said it was confident prices would return to $90 a barrel in three years, on Thursday said that “today’s oil price downturn could last for several years.”

Photo:  www.offshore-jobs.net

First video of Google Glass application for oil & gas

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In my post last week, I promised that I would shortly show my first attempt at demonstrating just how useful Google Glass can be when it is used in the oilfield.  Well, it’s been many hours of research and debugging, but the first demonstration is ready! In this YouTube video, I show you how Google […]
Oil Barrel

Oil closes week still above $100 a barrel

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Some economic indicators raised concerns about the strength of oil demand in the U.S.

Roger B. Plank, chief financial officer and executive vice president of Apache Corporation, speaks at the Oil & Gas Conference in Denver, Colorado in 2006. (Matthew Staver/Bloomberg News)

Apache president steps down, new CFO announced

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Apache President and Chief Corporate Officer Roger Plank will step down after 32 years with the Houston-based oil and gas producer, the company announced Friday along with other leadership changes.
Categories: People
Burned out vehicles sit among the ruins following a natural gas pipeline explosion in Knifley, Ky. on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. The underground line in rural southern Kentucky exploded early Thursday, sending two people to the hospital and destroying two homes, (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Gas line blast injures two, destroys homes

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The 30-inch pipeline, which was about 20 feet underground, is owned by Columbia Gulf Transmission. It brought fresh fears to some residents who are opposing a nearby pipeline project by Williams Co.

Methane Hydrate: The Energy Source of the Future. (Maybe).

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Some areas of the world are getting desperate to find new sources of energy. In recent days I’ve read about such wacky ideas, from creating fuel from old plastic bags to converting beer waste into electricity. All the while, there are global energy sources going unharnessed, leading to cows literally blowing the doors off barns. There is one source, however, […]
Categories: LNG, Natural gas
(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Texas rises among largest solar-energy workforces

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Texas last year jumped two spots in the top ranks of states leading the nation’s solar payroll, a new report shows.
Categories: Solar, Workforce
David Blackmon is managing director of Strategic Communications for Houston-based FTI Consulting. Prior to joining FTI in 2012, he worked on public policy issues for a number of oil and gas companies,  including Shell, Burlington Resources, El Paso Corp., and Coastal States.

Guest commentary: Ceres report misses key facts on oil industry’s water use

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Oil industry consultant David Blackmon says the new Ceres report on Texas water use focuses on the oil and gas industry for ideological reasons. Anyone interested in really addressing this state’s looming water issues in any real way should focus their attention elsewhere, he says.