Fuel Fix

A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

New data reveals which U.S. fracking wells needed the most water to drill

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The shale plays where hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, dominated the majority of oil and gas drilling were also the same plays where water use was highest, ranging between 2.6 million gallons and 9.7 million gallons of water per well.

New data reveals which U.S. fracking wells needed the most water to drill

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A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
The shale plays where hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, dominated the majority of oil and gas drilling were also the same plays where water use was highest, ranging between 2.6 million gallons and 9.7 million gallons of water per well.
CB&I Chairman and CEO Philip K. Asherman, May 23, 2014 in The Woodlands, TX. (Eric Kayne/For the Chronicle)

CB&I jumps on $1.5 billion Houston petrochem project with Oxy

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The ethylene cracker project is being constructed by Occidental’s OxyChem subsidiary and Mexichem in the Ingleside Ethylene joint venture near Corpus Christi.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker, shown in Houston discussing a plan to run airport shuttles on natural gas, told a Washington audience on Dec. 10, 2013, that fossil fuels will remain a key part of the nation's energy supply. (Photo: Cody Duty/Houston Chronicle)

Parker: We need tough decisions on climate

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Local, state and federal governments need to make tough decisions to help blunt the effects of climate change, Houston Mayor Annise Parker said Tuesday.
Categories: Environment
The Texas Panhandle sky silhouettes a Linn Energy drilling rig in Wheeler County. (Linn Energy)

Linn Energy settles suit with shareholders over Berry deal

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Houston producer Linn Energy reached a settlement last week with shareholders who had opposed its acquisition of Berry Petroleum Co., the company said in regulatory filings Tuesday.
Categories: Deals

Commissioner Brandon Presley votes on a number of administrative actions including joining the other commissioners to unanimously reject a merger proposal by Entergy Corp. and ITC Holdings Corp. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi regulators reject Entergy-ITC merger

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The merger request also was filed with regulators in the other areas that Entergy serves — including Texas.
Categories: Electricity
Robert Kaluza, a BP well site leader from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, enters Federal Court before he is arraigned on manslaughter charges in New Orleans in November 2012. AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Judge tosses some charges in BP supervisors’ case

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But the judge refused to dismiss 11 other counts of involuntary manslaughter.
Categories: Gulf oil spill
(Norm Betts/Bloomberg)

Canada wages soar 60% higher than US amid labor shortage

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Energy companies trying to raise almost $50 billion for Canada’s first network of natural gas export terminals will face an even more basic challenge: finding the workers to build them.
Categories: Canada, LNG, Workforce
John Podesta, shown in 2009. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison, File)

Keystone foe John Podesta joins Obama inner circle

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John Podesta’s return to the White House places an opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline within President Barack Obama’s inner circle as the administration weighs whether to approve the project.
Former BP engineer Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in Houston in 2012. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Judge denies mistrial request in spill case

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A New Orleans judge ordered jurors to disregard some testimony, but declined to declare a mistrial in the case of a former BP drilling engineer from Katy who is accused of obstruction of justice in the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.