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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Environmentalists and landowners battle to stop the Keystone XL pipeline and its load of crude from flowing across Texas rivers and aquifers.
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 >>
When Steve Lipsky blamed fracking for turning his water well into a flamethrower, he set off an epic battle between the EPA and Texas.
Fighting with the feds over who gets that sweet, sweet oilThe 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 >>
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 planThe feds have outlined a bunch of tough new regulations and g ... More >>
Thar's oil in them thar parksCity 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 >>
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 >>
You can't just go shooting for some food and find bubbling crude anymoreOther 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 >>
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 >>
Photograph courtesy US NavyA hunka, hunka burnin' GulfDressed 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 >>
The alleged culprit, giving the order to blow Deepwater HorizonA 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 >>
Photo courtesy GHCVBA 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
JAWS Unleashed is as sloppy as it is gory
'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.
Is little guy Larry Duncan being made to suffer for the big guys' sins?