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Former TCEQ member Buddy Garcia. (Photo: Harry Cabluck, AP)

Former TCEQ Commissioner Buddy Garcia appointed to Railroad Commission

Former Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Commissioner H.S. Buddy Garcia has been appointed to the Texas Railroad Commission by Gov. Rick Perry, the Office of the Governor announced on Thursday.  More »
Employees of National Oilwell Varco demonstrate the workings of an oil rig at their Galena Park yard on the Houston Ship Channel where they outfit rigs for land and sea. Photographed April 28, 2008 in Galena Park. ( Eric Kayne / Chronicle )

NOV acquires Wilson, as it stakes out bigger share of oilfield equipment market

National Oilwell Varco plans to purchase Schlumberger’s Wilson distribution business segment in an all-cash transaction for an undisclosed sum, the company announced on Tuesday.  More »
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White House creates natural gas task force

The Obama administration on Friday established a working group to coordinate federal regulation of natural gas production, amid industry complaints that an increasing number of government agencies are overseeing the activity.  More »
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ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson (left) talks to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during a  signing ceremony in Russia in 2011. (AP photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, pool)

Exxon, Rosneft to outline Arctic drilling plan next week

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), the largest U.S. oil producer, and Russian energy company OAO Rosneft (ROSN) will present details of their $3.2 billion joint-exploration agreement to analysts in New York on April 18.  More »
Eugene Martinez inspects a truck during driver training. "We can't take just anybody and put them in a $100,000 vehicle," an education leader says. Photo: BILLY CALZADA / SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

Truckers wanted for Eagle Ford Shale jobs

Since the drilling frenzy began in the Eagle Ford Shale, the need for truck drivers has boomed along with it.  More »
A Kinder Morgan Energy Parterns oil terminal along the Houston Ship Channel (Photo: Kinder Morgan)

Kinder Morgan to expand Canada pipeline

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners is throwing a $5 billion solution at Canada’s growing supply of stranded oil, announcing Thursday that it plans to nearly triple the capacity of a pipeline that would kick open the door to Asia.  More »
Cheniere Energy Partners' LNG import terminal on the Louisiana side of Sabine Pass. Cheniere also plans to build export facilities. (Photo: Cheniere Energy)

LNG export plant verges on U.S. approval

Cheniere Energy Inc. (LNG), the natural gas importer that lost $1.2 billion in a decade, is poised to become the sole U.S. exporter of fuel from the shale bonanza that’s turned the nation into the world’s biggest gas producer.  More »
An oil pump works near Stanley, N.D. (AP file photo/James MacPherson)

Infrastructure could limit Bakken drilling

Infrastructure challenges in western North Dakota could limit the number of oil and gas drilling rigs in the Bakken system’s rich Williston Basin, industry executives said at a conference.  More »
Exxon Mobil Corp. chairman and chief executive Rex W. Tillerson speaks to reporters during a news conference. (AP file photo/LM Otero)

Exxon top exec earns 17pct. pay increase

Exxon Mobil says its top executive received a 17 percent increase in compensation last year.  More »
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

ND oil drilling not disturbing underground nukes

Intense oil drilling that’s honeycombing western North Dakota has not disturbed nuclear-tipped missiles buried beneath much of the same real estate that companies are targeting for crude, the military says.  More »
Beach-goers walk on the sand near the San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Clemente , Calif.  (AP Photo, Lenny Ignelzi, File)

More wear found on tubes at ailing Cal nuke plant

The operator of an idled nuclear plant on the California coast announced Thursday that more unusual wear has been found on tubing that carries radioactive water, the latest disclosure in a mystery involving the plant’s steam generators.  More »
People fill the tanks of their vehicules at an YPF station in Buenos Aires, Argentina,  Thursday, April 12, 2012. Spanish Industry Minister Jose Manuel Soria  has warned that the government will interpret any "hostile gestures" against Spanish companies abroad as an act of aggression, in an apparent reference to a conflict with Argentina over an oil company controlled by Spain's Repsol. YPF,  which is 57 per cent owned by Repsol,  has rejected Argentine government pressure to plough some of its profits back into the South American country.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Spain summons Argentine ambassador in oil dispute

Spain warned Argentina Friday it risks becoming “an international pariah” if it tries to wrest control of energy company Repsol’s majority stake in its South American YPF unit, raising tensions between the two nations and sending Repsol’s shares plunging.  More »