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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
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro sits in front of a picture of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez as he meets with recently elected opposition mayors at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Venezuela’s president calls for higher gas prices

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The price of the world’s cheapest gasoline will start to nudge higher for the first time years if Venezuela’s president has his way — and he usually does.
Categories: Gasoline, Latin America
Alert Logic Network Security Analyst Yohance Clark looks for security threats inside the company's security operations center in Houston. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Cybersecurity guidelines could leave energy companies liable

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Although energy companies have increasingly adopted cybersecurity plans, those that aren’t doing so could soon face some serious legal liabilities.
Categories: Safety/Security

Former Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., left, appears at a hearing with Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Senate shuffle could put oil industry ally at top of energy panel

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President Barack Obama’s reported decision to nominate Sen. Max Baucus to be the next U.S. ambassador to China sets off a chain of events that could put an oil and gas industry ally, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., in charge of the Senate energy committee.
Categories: People, Politics/Policy
(AP Photo/Skagit Valley Herald, Scott Terrell)

Oil trains raise concerns in small towns

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The number of carloads hauled by U.S. railroads has surged in recent years, from 10,840 in 2009 to a projected 400,000 this year. Officials in dozens of towns and cities where the oil trains travel say they are concerned with the possibility of a major derailment, spill or explosion, while their level of preparation varies widely.
Categories: Crude oil, Pipelines
Shell's Perdido oil and natural gas platform  located  200 miles off the coast of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico (Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Budget deal opens door to drilling in new Gulf waters

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Legislation that opens the door to oil and gas drilling in international Gulf waters has cleared Congress, just in time for Mexico’s energy reforms and a Jan. 17 deadline for the U.S. to sign off on the work.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky (right), Russia's richest man and former CEO of OAO Yukos Oil, is guarded in the defendant's cage at the Meschansky Court in Moscowon July 12, 2004. (Dmitry Beliakov/Bloomberg)

Putin to pardon Khodorkovsky after decade in jail

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Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the jailed former owner of Yukos Oil Co., will receive a pardon, ending a case that symbolized the lack of rule of law in Russia since President Vladimir Putin came to power more than a decade ago.
Categories: Legal issues, People
(Bill Montgomery photo/Houston Chronicle)

Entergy hands off control of power grid

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There’s a new traffic cop directing electricity flows to 2.8 million power customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.
Categories: Deals, Electricity