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Eugene Isenberg

Lo and behold, boards put the brakes on CEO pay

Facing measures that will hold directors more responsible for runaway executive pay, the boards of two major local employers are already changing their habits.  More »
A Chesapeake Energy drilling rig (Photo: Chesapeake Energy)

Chesapeake looking to sell assets, reduce debt

Chesapeake Energy will try to raise as much as $8 billion by selling parts or all of some of its emerging oil and gas territory in West Texas and Oklahoma.  More »
Tim Mayo, executive vice president of KB Home, displays a Zero House 2.0 in Westheimer Lakes in Richmond. The home is powered by 32 solar panels with 7.2 kilowatts of capacity. Photo: Cody Duty / © 2011 Houston Chronicle

Sarnoff: House’s power source 93 million miles away

A national production builder is developing homes in the area designed to generate as much energy as they use.  More »

(Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle)

Transocean asks judge to make key witness testify

Lawyers for the owners of the drilling rig that exploded at the start of the 2010 oil spill are asking a federal judge to make a key witness talk to them before their trial.  More »
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Drillers cut natural gas production as prices drop

As natural gas prices continue to drop, the recent nationwide boom in drilling is slowing. Drillers don’t make money if prices go too low — and drilling wells isn’t cheap.  More »
Craig Sautner, a resident of Dimock, Pa., holds a jug of contaminated water outside a September EPA meeting on hydraulic fracturing in New York. (Photo: AP/Press & Sun-Bulletin)

EPA examining gas drilling in southwestern Pa.

Federal environmental investigators examining the impact of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale are focusing on southwestern Pennsylvania’s Washington County.  More »
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New spill reported on Eni oil well in Nigeria

An environmental group says there is a new spill on an oil well run by Italian firm Eni SpA in Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta.  More »
The Trans-Alaska pipeline (Photo: BP)

Alaska lawmakers debate tax cut for oil companies

Alaska’s economic future is on the line if more oil doesn’t flow through the 800-mile trans-Alaska pipeline.  More »
(Photo: David Paul Ohmer/Flickr)

FuelFix Newslinks |02.10.12|

Newt Gingrich tells Canada to forget about China. Incentives loom to settle BP spill. How are natural gas prices affecting nuclear power development?  More »
One of Dow's many Freeport, Texas chemical plants. (Houston Chronicle/Smiley Pool)

Dow Chemical project aims for healthier environment and profits

Dow Chemical Co. has decided to pursue an ambitious and unusual project at its sprawling Freeport complex to make environmental costs and benefits part of every business decision.  More »
Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill is seen floating on the surface of the water in Bay Jimmy, near where oil was spotted in June 2011. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Incentives to settle spill case loom large

A legal brawl that began with the deadly Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and Gulf of Mexico oil spill nearly two years ago is within weeks of a courtroom showdown that many parties would prefer to avoid through a settlement.  More »
Rachel Giesber Clingman of Houston is to be the lead trial counsel for Transocean in the upcoming Deepwater Horizon civil trial in New Orleans. Photo: James Nielsen / © 2011 Houston Chronicle

Q&A: Transocean’s lawyer will have key role

Atlanta-based law firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan opened a Houston office with a single attorney in 2002 and has since grown to include more than 35 full-time attorneys and a large team of contract attorneys.  More »
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, who appeared Thursday at a branch of Houston Community College, said it's important that the United States be at the forefront of innovations and technologies in renewable energy. Photo: Melissa Phillip / © 2011 Houston Chronicle

Report says green energy loans could cost $3 billion

The review did not involve Solyndra or Beacon Power Corp.,companies that went bankrupt after receiving a federal loan.  More »
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Oil prices tumble on European debt concern

Benchmark crude fell by $1.17 to end the week at $98.67 per barrel in New York.  More »
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

New film comes to defense of fracking

Makers of an upcoming documentary that seeks to counter the anti-hydraulic fracturing film “Gasland” have raised over $36,000 through crowdsourcing in a matter of a few days.  More »