Fuel Fix

Mesquite wood chips are shown in a truck loaded about 40 miles from Corpus Christi. 

Study touts benefits of wood pellets for energy

Using wood pellets for fuel in southwestern Wisconsin could save millions of dollars a year in energy costs, slash carbon dioxide emissions and create at least 80 jobs, according to a study.  More »
Paula Jackson, president and CEO of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (left) and Telisa Toliver, Chevron's senior vice president of business development and strategy. (Karen Warren / Houston Chronicle)

Energy sector pushing minority employment

African-Americans are underrepresented in the energy sector, but industry officials say they’re viewing the domestic energy boom as an opportunity to boost minority employment.  More »
Aerial view shows  the petrochemical refinery complex in Deer Park. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Gas boom creates chemical bond between Gulf Coast, foreign firms

Foreign companies are making big bets on the Gulf Coast petrochemical corridor, where capital investment is surging because of cheap U.S. natural gas, other lower costs and the existing industry infrastructure.  More »
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Storage tanks with fracturing material are lined up at a well on a ranch southwest of Ben Bolt, Texas, on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. The well, located near the Jim Wells and Duvall County line, was drilled to a depth of over one mile. (Express-News File Photo)

Water recycling companies getting a foothold in the Eagle Ford

Water — and how it’s sourced — has been an increasingly hot topic in the oil patch. Drilling a well in the Eagle Ford Shale and other so-called “tight” formations requires several million gallons of water.  More »
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Oil prices rise on U.S. jobs report

Benchmark U.S. crude rose 85 cents to close at $101.14 a barrel.  More »
The Ain Amenas gas field in Algeria, where Islamist militants raided and took hostages Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Kjetil Alsvik, Statoil via NTB scanpix)

Family says BP lied about man’s cause of death in terrorist attack

The family of a Houston man killed in a terror attack on a BP plant in Algeria early last year claims the oil company lied about how the man died and that its Internet access policy contributed to his death.  More »
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Houston oil and gas producer files for $700M IPO

Memorial Resource Development Corp. filed paperwork late Friday for a $700 million initial public offering to take its oil and gas production business to Wall Street, just as it plans to double down on its core resource in Louisiana.  More »

Tech titans graded in green energy friendliness

Apple and Facebook won near-perfect grades in a new rating of tech giants’ clean energy friendliness, while Twitter and Amazon failed on almost every measure.  More »
Demonstrators hold up signs in front of the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline project in the US, and the Tar Sands Development in Alberta Canada. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

Latino group joins Keystone XL fight

A Latino political organizing group has joined environmentalists’ crusade against Keystone XL, saying Hispanics who live near Gulf Coast refineries have much to lose from the pipeline.  More »
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Texas blackouts rise, ranking No. 2 in nation

Texas has more blackouts than every other state but California according to a new study of power outages that occur nationwide.  More »
A tram with an ad from Russian gas giant Gazprom adorns a German train. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

As Russia stumbles, Gazprom comes up $910B short

In 2007, Gazprom aspired to be the world’s largest company, with an executive predicting its market value would quadruple to $1 trillion in as little as seven years. He was off by $910 billion.  More »
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Feds work through millions of comments on fracking rules

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says regulators are working through more than a million public comments before proposing rules governing hydraulic fracturing on federal land.  More »