Oil Production and Refining

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    BP Back in Gulf Waters Thanks to the EPA

    Once upon a time (about four years ago) it seemed like British Petroleum's oil spilling sins in the Gulf of Mexico would never be forgiven. First the Deepwater Horizon became a fireball in the Gulf of Mexico. Then countless barrels of oil gushed from the ocean floor for weeks before the well was fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Nebraska Judge's Ruling Keeps Keystone Decision Dragging On

    For about two seconds it looked like President Obama was finally going to have to make a decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline Project. The State Department report had been issued and there just wasn't any other way to delay a final, clear-cut yes or no from the White House. But then a Nebraska judge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    Now It's Nebraska: More Problems For The Keystone Pipeline Folks

    The folks over at TransCanada just cannot seem to catch a break. The company has been working for years to get the Keystone XL Pipeline Project -- which will go from the Alberta Tar Sands in Canada to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast, moving up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil over more than 2,000 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    More Keystone Pipeline Shenanigans: This Time With Canadians And Failed Disclosure

    The Keystone XL Pipeline has a lot of proponents, and it shouldn't come as a shock -- though it somehow still seems surprising, because, you know, it's Canada -- that one of those proponents is the Canadian government. Yup, that place to the north where people say "Eh" a lot and take the Queen very ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    The Southern End Of The Keystone To Start Up Any Day Now

    The Keystone XL pipeline project is still up in the air, but the southern leg of the pipeline is almost complete, and may be up and running in very near future, TransCanada Corp. spokespeople say, according to United Press International. If the U.S State Department signs off on it, the Keystone pip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Rats Needed to Keep the Keystone Pipeline Rolling

    The Keystone Pipeline people just can't seem to win. First there are the landowners and environmentalists down this way objecting to the pipeline hauling the sticky black tar sands through their property. Then the Native Americans are furious because they feel the federal government isn't negotiatin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Exxon Shareholders Vote Overwhelmingly Against Environmental Accountability, Same-Sex Benefits

    A couple weeks ago, carbon dioxide within the Earth's atmospheric makeup exceeded, for the first time in human history, 400 parts per million. They've not been this high for the past 3 million years -- when sea levels were approximately 80 feet higher than they are now. And while no massive ice shel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    Tribal Chiefs Walk Out of Keystone Talks, Demand Presidential Meeting

    If you're the leader of a sovereign nation meeting with another sovereign nation to discuss a pipeline that will tote thick, sticky tar sands oil through your land if the project is approved, you might be just a little put out when the head of the other nation doesn't make time to sit down and talk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    As Texas's Drought Continues, Opportunities at Conservation Finally Find Discussion

    The rain came last week. Finally. It came in droves, surging over the curbs, washing away the oil and grime and refuse into a filthy chemical blend. It came for hours. It was needed, in a state suffering a drought that has covered nearly every city and town and farm Texas knows. And then it let up, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Giant Dragon Descends Upon TransCanada Offices to Protest Keystone XL Pipeline! (okay, not a real dragon, but still...)

    Protestors of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline demonstrated at the company's downtown headquarters and another building Monday, with similar protests occurring in other cities, including Westborough, Massachusetts, where students superglued themselves together in an office lobby. In Houston, demo ... More >>

  • News

    January 3, 2013

    The Battle Against the Keystone Pipeline

    Environmentalists and landowners battle to stop the Keystone XL pipeline and its load of crude from flowing across Texas rivers and aquifers.

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    Michelle Warner, 31, Buried By Ex-Boyfriend In Oilfield, Bayou Body Count No. 170

    A man who has admitted burying his ex-girlfriend in an Odessa oilfield after killing her here has been charged with murder, Houston police say. Mark Augustin Castellano, 37, faces charges in the September 22 murder of Michelle Warner, 31, who was last seen in the 7200 Bellerieve on that day. Fami ... More >>

  • News

    April 26, 2012

    State and EPA Battle Over Fracking, Flaming Well Water

    When Steve Lipsky blamed fracking for turning his water well into a flamethrower, he set off an epic battle between the EPA and Texas.

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Exxon's New Giant Oil Find Could Meet World Needs For....A Couple of Months

    Fighting with the feds over who gets that sweet, sweet oil​The energy world is marveling today at news that ExxonMobil's recent discovery in the Gulf of Mexico could contain up to a billion barrels of oil. "The only thing that surprised the energy industry more than Exxon Mobil Corp.'s mammot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    Drilling Ban Lifted: Five (Possible) New Federal Mandates

    The Obama administration has lifted the ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, but it is also enforcing steps to make sure a disaster such as the Deepwater Horizon leak never, ever happens again.Don't worry, we have a plan​The feds have outlined a bunch of tough new regulations and g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Drilling For Oil In Houston Parks: Five Things To Consider

    Thar's oil in them thar parks​City Council will consider this week a proposal to let Southern Star Exploration drill for oil and gas in Houston parks.Specifically, Herman Brown Park, Brock Park, parts of Maxey Park, and Public Works McCarty Road Service Center. (The last isn't a park per se, but i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Lone Star Landowner's Challenge Features Houston Contestant

    ​Last year's Landowner's Challenge -- a yearly contest sponsored by Lone Star Beer to judge who the truest Texan is among a group of finalists -- bestowed its winner with nearly two acres of land in Independence, Texas. This year's Landowner's Challenge will be held tomorrow night at Griff's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    Canadian Tar Sands: Environmentalists Claim Houston To Be End Point Of Worst Project In The World

    You can't just go shooting for some food and find bubbling crude anymore​Other than desperation, is there much to recommend Canadian tar sands as a fuel source?Not according to Matthew Tejada of Air Alliance Houston. During a talk at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church last night, he described th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Nude Protest Over Oil: PR Spin Worse Than BP, Dammit

    Who doesn't love a nude protest?​We don't know much about public relations, but if we sent out a press release titled, "Naked Protesters Bare All Against Dirty Oil," we'd at least deliver the naked protesters. But maybe that's not why we're in public relations, because this afternoon, inside the t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Sierra Club Takes Its Oil-Spill Act To The Offshore Technology Conference

    Photograph courtesy US NavyA hunka, hunka burnin' Gulf​Dressed in a black business suit with a fake BP badge on the lapel, Sierra Club spokeswoman Donna Hoffman pretended to be a BP company exec giving a press conference after an oil spill."I want to reassure everyone that the oil spill, outside o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Rick Perry Blames God For Gulf Oil Spill

    The alleged culprit, giving the order to blow Deepwater Horizon​A lot of people are quick to blame BP, or the people who put together the oil rig that is currently spewing black gold into the Gulf of Mexico, but Rick Perry -- the only governor we have at the moment -- knows better.Speaking at a Wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2009

    Oil Industry Leaving Houston? It Could Happen, Some Analysts Say

    Photo courtesy GHCVB​A Houston without an oil industry? Why, that's like Dallas without assholes.But it could happen, according to speakers at a panel here today. (The Houston part, not the Dallas part.)The RMI Oilfield Breakfast Forum featured dire warnings that Obama's tax policies might e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2008

    Galveston -- Exhibit A Against Offshore Drilling?

    Florida Governor Charlie Crist recently forgot about his 2006 campaign promise and changed his mind about offshore drilling. This week, the President made his pitch to eliminate a federal ban on the drilling. (Florida is the only state in the Gulf of Mexico protected by the ban.) So Floridians mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2008

    Wind Power to the Rescue

    Texas has just taken a big step in the field of alternative energy -- the Public Utilities Commission today gave preliminary approval to a massive, $5 billion plan to bring wind power from gusty West Texas to urban areas across the state. Consumers will probably see about four bucks a month added t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2008

    John McCain in Houston

    The presumptive Republican nominee and his backers came to the downtown Hilton earlier today to talk energy policy. McCain got plenty of applause when he called for more offshore drilling (big surprise here in Houston) and when he compared his opponent's policies to those of Jimmy Carter. We got pho ... More >>

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    April 12, 2007
  • Home Entertainment

    June 22, 2006

    Shark Bites

    JAWS Unleashed is as sloppy as it is gory

  • Calendar

    July 26, 2001

    Oil Slick

    Ocean Star

  • News

    May 22, 1997

    Brothers of the Road

    'The I-69 "NAFTA Highway" is supposed to create thousands of jobs. Thanks to your tax dollars, it's already provided a very good one for the underemployed brother of Tom DeLay.

  • News

    March 13, 1997

    Larry in Limbo

    Is little guy Larry Duncan being made to suffer for the big guys' sins?