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Hearing raises concerns about refinery safety monitoring, transparency

Companies must do more to protect workers from disasters like the explosions aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and BP’s Texas City refinery, according to testimony before an independent board conducting hearings in Houston.  More »
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Houston staff would shrink in NRG-GenOn deal

The company has no plans to expand power generation in Texas, NRG CEO David Crane said in a press call Monday.  More »
President Barack Obama arrives at the TransCanada Stillwater Pipe Yard in Cushing, OK, to discuss his energy policy, on March, 22, 2012. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo)

Republicans make another Keystone push over Obama rejection

House Republicans drafted another bill to speed work on the Keystone XL oil pipeline after previous efforts failed to overturn President Barack Obama’s rejection of a permit for the project.  More »
A Devon Energy flex-drilling rig in the Barnett Shale (Kevin Fujii/Houston Chronicle file photo)

Devon Energy, pipeline group sue to block smog rules in Wise County

Devon Energy and the Texas Pipeline Association are asking federal courts to block the EPA from imposing tighter smog limits on a rural North Texas county.  More »
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Western Gulf leases hit auction block in November

Oil and gas companies will have a chance to bid on drilling rights in the western Gulf of Mexico in a lease sale scheduled for Nov. 28. The auction of offshore drilling leases, which had been planned but not formally scheduled until today, is the first that will be conducted under the Obama administration’s new five-year plan governing offshore lease sales until June 30, 2017.  More »
The Kulluk conical drilling rig, shown in a Seattle shipyard earlier this year, has begun drilling in Alaska's Beaufort Sea.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Bromwich: The Arctic drilling conundrum

The wells that Shell proposes to start drilling in the Arctic’s Chukchi and Beaufort Seas in the next few weeks are almost surely the most widely litigated, hotly debated, and heavily scrutinized proposed offshore wells in this country’s history.  More »
Halliburton Technology Director Ron Hyden points out key processes in a oil/gas well finishing operation at a well site near Poth, Texas. (Photo: Timothy C. Baker for the Houston Chronicle)

Halliburton quarterly profit falls on inflated fracking costs

Halliburton Co. (HAL), the world’s largest provider of hydraulic fracturing, said second-quarter profit decreased as the business of fracking grew more costly in the U.S.  More »
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CNOOC to buy Canada’s Nexen for $15.1 billion

Chinese offshore oil and gas giant CNOOC Ltd. said Monday it has agreed to buy Canadian producer Nexen Inc. for $15.1 billion in China’s biggest-ever overseas energy acquisition.  More »
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Steffy: As consumers face higher prices, NRG buys GenOn

NRG Energy, already one of the biggest generators in Texas, plans to buy Houston-based GenOn Energy for $1.7 billion.  More »
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Steffy: Utility commission forgets the public

We need a better name for the Public Utility Commission.  More »
A worker walks through pipes connecting storage tanks and pumps in the hydraulic fracturing process. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Natural gas liquids hit dry patch as prices sink

Not long ago, a class of hydrocarbons with a paradoxical name helped draw eager drillers to shale formations nationwide.  More »
Growing concern about water use during hydraulic fracturing prompted the Railroad Commission to adopt new rules for water recycling.  Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Drought helps fracking foes build momentum for recycling

The worst U.S. drought in a half century is putting pressure on natural-gas drillers to conserve the millions of gallons of water used in hydraulic fracturing to free trapped gas and oil from underground rock.  More »