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Former BP engineer Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in April.  (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Judge recuses herself from ex-BP engineer’s case

A federal judge in New Orleans has recused herself from the criminal case against a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company’s response to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »
Amanda Jolivet, left, and Elisandra Cassola at a new student orientation program at the University of Houston. Amanda is a new graduate at UH, and is informing new students about services offered by University Career Services. She graduated with a degree in communication and is looking for a full time job, but is spending the summer working at UH in her old work study job for the career services office. Elisandra is an incoming freshman international student from Angola.

Energy industry makes Houston top city for college grads

Houston, Dallas and Austin might be a beacon of hope for college graduates.  More »
Aubrey McClendon, co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corp., is pictured during an interview in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005. (AP Photo)

Amid adversity, Chesapeake offers daily tweet-spiration

Embattled Chesapeake Energy has been offering inspirational daily tweets as the company struggles with a falling stock price, weak natural gas prices and a wave of disclosures that has troubled investors and analysts.  More »
The liquefied natural gas tanker Inigo Tapias makes its way through Boston Harbor past downtown Boston on Jan. 24, 2004. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Excelerate Energy plans natural gas export vessel for Gulf Coast

The Woodlands-based Excelerate Energy says it is developing the nation’s first floating liquefaction facility, to locate in Port Lavaca.  More »
Deborah Delauro waits as she puts gas in her car in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Gasoline dips another 7 cents in Houston

The days of rising gasoline prices seem to be long gone.  More »
A boom is used to protect marshland in Terrebonne Parish on the Louisiana coast after the Gulf oil spill in 2010. Photo: Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle

The oil spill ethics discussion revisited

A few weeks ago, I attended a discussion about ethics and oil spills at the Offshore Technology Conference. I was critical of the presentation by W.C. “Rusty” Riese, a geoscientist and adjunct professor at Rice University, for directing much of the criticism over the Gulf oil spill outwardly at the media, lawmakers and regulators.  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)

Experts deliver another round of Eagle Ford bullishness

The development of the Eagle Ford shale continues to prompt dazzling assessments and predictions from experts, who said at an energy symposium Wednesday that in four years, the oil-rich formation could become the nation’s second-most productive shale play.  More »
Carl Icahn (AP file photo/Mark Lennihan)

Paulson says he likes CVR Energy as Icahn may resell it

John Paulson, the billionaire hedge- fund manager seeking to reverse record losses in 2011, said he likes CVR Energy Inc. (CVI) because the company may be successfully resold by Carl Icahn, who controls the majority of shares.  More »
(AP Photo/Mike Groll, File) As Denton considers fracking ban, the state's oil and gas regulator weighs in, calling the attempt "extremely misguided."

Vt. becomes 1st state to ban hydraulic fracturing

Gov. Peter Shumlin on Wednesday signed into law the nation’s first ban on a hotly debated natural gas drilling technique that involves blasting chemical-laced water deep into the ground.  More »
(Photo: Brian Turner/Flickr)

Gulf Keystone sues blogger for internet posts about share sale

Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd. (GKP), which is exploring for oil and natural gas in Kurdistan, sued a man over comments on Internet message boards and Twitter that the company planned to sell shares.  More »
(Image: SunPower)

Solar tariffs make forecasts cloudy for some U.S. companies

Keep an eye out tomorrow for an announcement from the Commerce Department, which is expected to slap tariffs on imports of some Chinese solar products.  More »
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

ND oil tax ‘Legacy Fund’ tops $350M in 9 months

A newly created North Dakota trust fund for oil taxes now has about $353 million.  More »