Fossil Fuel Energy Production

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    November 18, 2014

    Halliburton is Buying Baker Hughes: Another Sign the Oil Industry is Nervous?

    It's finally happened. After months of reading the tea leaves, we have the first clear indication that all is not entirely well in the land of Big Oil in the form of the merger between Halliburton and Baker Hughes. There are lots of stories right now about the Houston-based companies -- the second ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014

    TransCanada is Trying to Buy a Little Texas Love, Since D.C. Keeps Avoiding Keystone Issue

    The people at TransCanada are by no means stupid. While the fate of the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline is still in regulatory limbo, the southern end is up and running. It's also still unpopular but TransCanada is stepping up and doing what all oil and pipeline companies should do -- provi ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014

    The Lessons of the Galveston Bay Oil Spill

    It's not just dollars and cents that makes the Galveston Bay oil spill such terrible news

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    January 30, 2014

    Want Cheap Gas? Study Says Fill Up on the Weekends

    In what might be the most counterintuitive finding you'll hear this week, GasBuddy, a tech company that tracks gas prices across the U.S. for inclusion in their app, found that 65 percent of states saw lower average fuel prices on Friday, Saturday and Sunday than Monday through Thursday. Additionall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    The Texas Supreme Court is Interested in the Keystone Pipeline Case, Go Figure

    When the Texas Supreme Court agreed to take a look at the case, The Crawford Family Farm Partnership vs. TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LLC. it's a fair bet that everyone and their dog thought the justices would have their minds made up before they even got the case file. Well, it seems everyone an ... More >>

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    December 10, 2013

    Mexico's Oil Industry Makes First Move Toward Opening Up After 75 Years

    Once upon a time, Mexico was more than a land of cheap tequila, drug violence and border issues. Back in the day, it was oil country and oil industry types from all over the United States and the rest of the world flocked to Mexico because of all the slick black crude discovered beneath the soil. T ... More >>

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    September 27, 2013

    UPDATED: Man Douses Himself With Liquid From a Gas Can Outside Exxon Building

    A man in a suit doused himself with what appeared to be gasoline outside the Exxon building on the corner of Milam Street and Leeland Street at about 5 p.m. Friday. He was sitting on the sidewalk with a small pillow and a large red gas can. Maria Gonzalez was standing on the corner when she saw him ... More >>

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    July 5, 2013

    Chevron to Construct New Downtown 50-Story Building

    If you haven't looked at the real estate market in Houston, you're missing a show. Not only are home sales through the roof -- prices and number of sales -- but rent is going up at a dramatic rate and office lease space is disappearing. Chevron, which employs 9,000 people in Houston, has decided, if ... More >>

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    June 11, 2013

    Houston Marathon Committee Announces New Courses for 2014 Race

    The folks at the Houston Marathon Committee are always looking for ways to improve the annual event, both for the full and half marathons. One surefire way to do that is to change the course. Frankly, I've never fully comprehended how a person could run that far. I have friends who have done it and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    Texas Shale Puts U.S. Back on Top in Oil Producing

    Once upon a time, way back when, the United States was at the top of the oil-production food chain, because, basically, you could poke a hole in the ground seemingly just about anywhere and the black gold would come bubbling up. (Seriously, that's basically what happened when they dug down 1,139 fee ... More >>

  • News

    October 11, 2012

    The Ten Most Corrupt Tax Loopholes

    If Mitt Romney won't tell you which need to be closed, we will.

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    July 5, 2012

    America's Petro-Terrorists

    Wall Street and Washington conspire to destablize the U.S. economy, one barrel of oil at a time.

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    June 14, 2012
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    June 11, 2012

    Why Big Companies Hide Contact Information on Their Web Sites

    A few years ago, I was getting ready to sell a house. My existing mortgage company had been purchased by another company and my account had been transferred. However, when it was transferred, the permissions that allow customer service representatives to do basic, but important, tasks like provide a ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012

    Bet on the Rockets

    What will the second half bring?

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    January 12, 2012

    Taste Test Marathon: The Power Bar Challenge

    Photos by Christina Uticone​With the Chevron Houston Marathon looming, running and fueling and hydrating are trending topics online and off. My preferred workout fuel is actual food, although I've been known to supplement with a bar or a shake along the way when short on time. Generally I save ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012
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    November 9, 2011

    The 10 Most Unintentionally Hilarious Business Names in Houston

    Gained in translation​Legend has it that back in that glorious half-season when Randy Johnson was mowing 'em down for the red-hot Astros, Drayton McLane thought up what he believed was a brilliant way to part Astros fans from still more money had one of his famous food-service brainstorms. He ... More >>

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    November 4, 2011

    The Keystone XL Pipeline: Houston's Cardno Entrix In The Crosshairs

    Keystone XL: Coming to Texas​Houston-based Cardno Entrix is the latest target of scrutiny in the newest allegations of cronyism surrounding TransCanada's Keystone XL Pipeline project. A group of U.S. senators has called for an investigation into the State Department's handling of the Keystone ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    Seven Creepy (Or Beautiful) Pictures of the Downtown YMCA's Demolition

    Photos by Monica FuentesComing down piece by piece.​Demolition is continuing on the charming old Downtown YMCA building, which is nestled among modern skyscrapers. The insides are being exposed now -- empty rooms, wall signs, even the scoreboard for the basketball court. It can all get prett ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    ExxonMobil Making Big Move To North Houston

    ExxonMobilBucolic energy companies​ExxonMobil has finally made official the long-rumored plans to build a large office campus in north Houston and move a bunch of its employees there, including all in its downtown Bell Street headquarters. The 385-acre site near the intersection of I-45 and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Tort Reform: Rick Perry's Latest "Emergency"

    Tort "reform" will solve all our problems​The AP is reporting that Governor Rick Perry has declared yet another right-wing hobbyhorse to be emergency legislation: a tort reform bill. Republicans reflexively shout "tort reform!" at the drop of a hat, even though Texas -- via the big corporate ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Danton Nix of Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen

    ​ Yesterday, we spoke with Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen executive chef Danton Nix about his menu and the good and bad of customers having favorite dishes. Today we talk oysters, Groupon and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. EOW: What do you think about the move to give appellations to Galve ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011
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    November 25, 2010

    Four Loko No Mo'

    Drink faces Texas ban.

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    November 9, 2010

    The Strip House: Steak and Glenlivet Scotch

    Smoked Scottish salmon paired with endive, dill vinaigrette and a large potato chip.​Our invitation to sit in on a special Scotch & Steak dinner at the Strip House in downtown Houston the other night was memorable for the food, our table companions and the dedication of the diners to march the ... More >>

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    September 3, 2010

    New-School Pirates Are No Longer After Your Buried Treasure

    We miss the old-school pirates​Being a pirate on the high seas isn't what it used to be. The rum-swigging, foul-mouthed, unkempt groups in search of buried treasure have evolved in the 21st century. Their new concern: Fueltrax systems. How's Disney supposed to make a movie around that plot line? ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski Says Ignore Those Tar Balls (All Seven Gallons Of Them)

    Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski, who despite what his windblown shirt seems to indicate is not a corpulent man, wants "to assure you that the small amount of tar balls were immediately removed."All 32 miles of Galveston beaches are pristine and clean, by Galveston standards.Of course, that "mayorBroll ... More >>

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    May 11, 2010

    The Top 5 Musical Eco-Fails

    uscgd8 via Flick​The bad news about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is that BP's magic undersea dome didn't work, and the slick is now the size of Connecticut. And unless the latest half-assed stopgap measure (a "junk shot" of debris fired down the well in an attempt to plug it) works, it could be ... More >>

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    May 7, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    How was your Cinco de Mayo? Ours was great!​ Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we're still looking for a bakery that can fit "Sorry I Never Finished College and Quit Going to Church and Swear Too Much In My Articles and Am Generally a Huge Disappointment to You ... More >>

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    April 6, 2010

    New On DVD: The Yes Men Fix the World

    The Yes Men​Depending on your world view, The Yes Men Fix the World, out on DVD today, is either very, very funny or really, really not funny at all. But humorous or not, it is entertaining and should be required viewing for anyone who doubts that big business is out to screw the public.In th ... More >>

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    March 17, 2010

    Judge Who Set Aside $100 Million Award Against BP Went On Junket Partially Funded By The Company

    ​A Houston federal judge who set aside a $100 million verdict against BP on Tuesday has taken an all-expenses-paid educational junket that was partially funded by the oil giant.In 2008, U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt attended a three-day long program in Sedona, Arizona hosted by the George Ma ... More >>

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    February 25, 2010

    23rd Annual ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run

    It’s a human stampede - for a good cause

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    February 26, 2009
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    January 30, 2009

    How Can Exxon Make A Giant Profit And Conoco A Giant Loss? Gas Is Gas, Right?

    After reading about ExxonMobil's record $45.2 billion annual profit, Hair Balls was scratching our head over why Exxon had a profitable fourth quarter, when Conoco lost $31.8 billion. Does Exxon jack up the cost of Little Debbies at its stores or something?Fortunately, we caught Hoover's Oil & G ... More >>

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    January 26, 2009

    ConocoPhillips Keeps A Ball Or Two

    Houston petroleum giant ConocoPhillips never realized just how much people loved their balls.Not "their balls" in the sense of the guts it takes to charge four bucks a gallon for gas (Am I right or am I right, people?!), but their balls as in the red, round "76" signs that dot their gas stations.Con ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008

    ExxonMobil To Worker, Allegedly: Ignoring Racial Harassment Won't Make You An "Uncle Tom"

    There’s some pretty severe accusations flying around these days over at ExxonMobil involving racial discrimination. Carla Briggs, an African-American laboratory trainee working at one of the energy giant’s offices in Beaumont, claims in a federal lawsuit filed in Houston that she has repeatedly ... More >>

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    September 17, 2008

    Some Of That Gas Being Refined Near Here Is Going Far, Far Away

    ExxonMobil and Valero are still in the process of reopening some refineries, meaning things at the wholesale end of the gas pipeline won’t approach normal for at least several more days. (We don't even want to think about the retail end.) Although gas lines have shortened since Monday, and more r ... More >>

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    September 10, 2008

    Ike Brings On The Pollution

    Hurricane Ike still may miss the petrochemical heart of the upper Texas Coast, but it's already taking a toll around here, both in lost product and environmental-wise. Four plants near Houston have begun shutdown procedures, so the flares will be burning over the next several days and nights, and m ... More >>

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    September 8, 2008

    The Hits Keep Coming From The BP Refinery

    Fresh on the heels of our post last Friday about British Petroleum facing a potential of $650,000 penalty for illegally dumping hazardous crap into the earth, the company has informed the state of four more "emissions events." Last night for about two hours, BP's refinery released an estimated 2,72 ... More >>

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    August 20, 2008

    Texaco Gets A Little Closer To Oblivion

    The marginalization of Texaco, once the proudest of Texas oil companies, continues. Since it merged with California-based Chevron in 2001, Texaco has lost a lot of luster. (Of course, it also lost a lot of luster by losing the world's biggest civil suit and the country's largest racial-discriminati ... More >>

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    July 17, 2008

    "Disgruntled" BP Workers Sue

    While litigation over the 15 people who died in an explosion at the British Petroleum plant in Texas City in 2005 plods along and continues to make headlines, there is another legal battle being waged against the oil giant that has not received as much attention of late. A group of workers recent ... More >>

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    September 14, 2007

    Memories of ACLs Past: The Halliburton Shirt

    As I head out the door to Austin, I’m reminded of ACL Fest 2003, back when the world was young and people actually gave a shit about the Polyphonic Spree. I was living in Houston at the time, writing for the paper version of Houstoned, and I’d come across this bad-ass, bright red Halliburton T- ... More >>

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    April 12, 2007

    Woodwind Lakes: Danger Baby on Board

    Two feet below the inviting backyard was a sludge pit bubbling toxic waste

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    March 29, 2007

    It's Getting Hot in Heere

    There's a protest going on right now outside the downtown Dynegy building. I just happened by on my bike and got some photos, which scored me a lot of "What, are you some kind of narc?" looks from the crowd and which I'll post in a little bit. The group was there to voice its concerns about a poten ... More >>

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    January 25, 2007

    Shell Hell

    What is it with pompous Irish rock stars and schlocky corporate fight songs? From the same blighted and nightmarish corner of hell that gave us Bank One's fusion of U2's "One" and corporate banking jargon comes this sulphuric desolation of foul abomination — "We Are The World" re-written with ... More >>

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    September 12, 2006

    But the Big Game Was On...

    ...making Houston proud. America's favorite war profiteers are in the news again. Unsealed on Friday, a whistleblower lawsuit filed against Kellogg, Brown & Root claims the Halliburton subsidiary used military supplies for its own Super Bowl party. (We were going to blog about this yesterday, b ... More >>

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