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Lane Energy Poland company does test drilling to assess economic viability of shale gas deposits in Lebien, Poland in 2011. (AP Photo/Andrzej.J. Gojke)

Researcher: 2014 slated to be most active year for global shale drilling

This year is slated to be the most active year for international drilling yet, even as investors show less interest in risky ventures, a Wood Mackenzie researcher said this week.  More »
People look at the second Solar Impulse solar-powered plane, to be used for a round-the-world voyage in 2015. (AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Plane unveiled for first solar-powered flight around the world (photos)

With wings longer than a Boeing 747 jumbo jet but the weight of a large car, the lumbering aircraft will take at least five days and five nights to cross the Pacific and Atlantic oceans on its journey around the globe next year.  More »
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Corpus Christi port chief touts benefits of gas exports

Selling more U.S. natural gas to foreign buyers would mean economic gains that flow well beyond the oilfield, a Corpus Christi port commissioner told lawmakers Wednesday.  More »
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Dr. Venkat Selvamanickam, director of the Applied Research Hub, talks with  Superconductor Inc. employee Albert Guevara (sitting) at a machine that produces superconductor wire at the University of Houston Energy Park on the Gulf Freeway Thursday  August 30,2012.(Dave Rossman/For the Chronicle)

Inside University of Houston’s new high-tech research center (photos)

The University of Houston has been showing off its high-tech energy research center to political and industry leaders from around the world.  More »
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Panel: Private equity nearly saturated in upstream market

Private equity firms will continue to throw capital at U.S. independent producers despite tell-tale signs that the number of high-quality investment opportunities is shrinking, a panel of private equity investors said Wednesday.  More »
A rig drills for natural gas in the Sonora Field in the Permian Basin. (AP Photo)

Panel: Independent producers’ shale-fueled growth is nearing plateau

Major integrated oil companies won’t be able to afford big corporate acquisitions in North America until smaller independent producers start trading at much lower prices on the stock market, a panel of experts said Wednesday.  More »
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Grid operator endorses $590M power project for Houston area

The state’s electric grid operator has endorsed $590 million in upgrades designed to improve electric reliability in the Houston area.  More »
The United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

House panel advances plan to fast-track gas exports

A House panel on Wednesday approved legislation that would fast track U.S. natural gas exports, over objections the foreign sales would send domestic prices higher.  More »
Welding crews lay pipelines in Texas to move oil and gas extracted from the Eagle Ford Shale to market. (John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Pipeline violation penalties break record in 2013

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration proposed $9.78 million in civil penalties against pipeline operators for alleged violations of federal law in 2013, the agency announced this week.  More »
General Electric Co. CEO Jeff Immelt (right) waits for the start of the company's annual shareholders meeting in Erie, Pa. in 2008. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, file)

General Electric funneling billions into new energy infrastructure

A natural gas pipeline stretching 435 miles east across Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is just one piece of General Electric’s multibillion-dollar bid to shore up energy infrastructure in North America, where an oil and gas boom has drawn a wave of investments to new pipelines.  More »
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Feds fine oil company for failing to report production

The federal government is fining an Artesia oil man more than $700,000 for failing to submit reports on production on its federal leases in New Mexico.  More »
The new pollution, measured in millions of tons of greenhouse gases, may exceed all of the savings achieved through initiatives like subsidies for public transport and fuel efficiency. (Kuni Takahashi/Bloomberg)

Cars become biggest driver of greenhouse-gas increases

Emissions from transportation may rise at the fastest rate of all major sources through 2050, surging 71 percent from 2010 levels, mainly from emerging economies, according to a leaked draft a UN study on climate change.  More »
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