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Ryan Lance, ConocoPhillips CEO, speaks during the opening panel discussion of the 2015 IHS Energy CERAWEEK. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

Top energy bosses buck trend of falling executive pay

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The 10 highest-paid executives in Houston last year all work in the energy industry and, despite domestic oil’s long and lingering swoon that began last summer, seven of them made more money than they did in high-flying 2013.
(Photographer: Eddie Seal, Bloomberg)

Return to drilling sends rig count up by 21

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Categories: Crude oil, featured

Top energy bosses buck trend of falling executive pay

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Ryan Lance, ConocoPhillips CEO, speaks during the opening panel discussion of the 2015 IHS Energy CERAWEEK. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)
The 10 highest-paid executives in Houston last year all work in the energy industry and, despite domestic oil’s long and lingering swoon that began last summer, seven of them made more money than they did in high-flying 2013.
(Photographer: Eddie Seal, Bloomberg)

Return to drilling sends rig count up by 21

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U.S. drillers put more oil rigs to work this week than they have since last April, according to Friday’s Baker Hughes rig count.
Categories: Crude oil, featured
The Empire State tanker is one of five that Kinder Morgan plans to purchase from American Petroleum Tankers, part of a $1 billion deal that also includes four newly built vessels from State Class Tankers. (American Petroleum Tankers)

Kinder Morgan to buy tanker businesses for $1B

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Pipeline giant Kinder Morgan Energy Partners will spend nearly $1 billion to move into the tanker business after agreeing to buy two companies that ship oil between U.S. ports, the companies said Monday.
Categories: Crude oil, featured, Offshore
(Photo: Marcellus Protest/Flickr)

Public weighs in on Illinois’ tough fracking law proposal

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The public hearings have ended, but state officials said there’s still time to submit public comments on proposed rules for the high-volume oil and gas drilling known as hydraulic fracturing.

Solar panels in Romulus, N.Y will produce much of the electricity for the sheriff's department. The project was funded in part with a grant of almost $1 million from the state's NY-Sun program. (AP Photo/Seneca County Sheriff's Department)

Solar energy projects finally getting boost in NY

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An array of shimmering panels covering 3 acres in New York’s Finger Lakes is a sign of the state’s latest push to catch up to its neighbors in the Northeast that have set the pace in recent years for promoting solar energy.
Categories: Electricity, Solar
( Kevin Fujii / Chronicle )

Company won’t be fined for pipeline without permit

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A company that operated a natural gas pipeline for more than two years without a permit will not be fined by the state Public Service Commission.
Categories: Legal issues, Pipelines
William Epling, a chemical and biomolecular engineering professor at the University of Houston and president of the Greater Houston Natural Gas Vehicle Association, in a UH laboratory. (Photo:  Thomas Campbell-University of Houston)

Houston group seeks to put US on the road to natural gas

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Natural gas companies are trying to get more people using their fuel in cars and trucks, and the University of Houston is helping them out.
TransCanada chief executive Russ Girling  speaks at the company's investor day in Toronto. (SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg)

Obama will approve Keystone XL pipeline, CEO says (video)

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Rejecting TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s $5.4 billion Keystone XL pipeline due to carbon emissions in the oil sands would set a precedent for all U.S. infrastructure projects, Chief Executive Officer Russ Girling said.
Work continues at Denbury Resources' Tinsley Facility in Tinsley, Miss. Denbury Resources hopes to bring new life to old oil fields by pumping in carbon dioxide to force additional oil to the surface.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

To clean up coal, Obama pushes more oil production

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America’s newest and cleanest coal-fired power plant comes with a catch: The heat-trapping carbon dioxide removed from its smokestack pollution will help force more oil out of the ground.