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Texas to Give $2.2 Million to Texas A&M University Wind Energy Center

Texas Business reports: The Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) will advance $2.2 million to the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Wind Energy Center for a collaborative project that brings together researchers from universities across the state to develop and increase the capacity of offshore wind energy technology, and help bring it to market. 

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Rice University lab builds rig to evaluate oil, gas wells in fracturing operations

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—A tabletop device invented at Rice University can tell how efficiently a nanoparticle would travel through a well and may provide a wealth of information for oil and gas producers. 

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Occidental Petroleum to Split, Move Headquarters to Houston.

Texas Business reports: LOS ANGELES—Occidental Petroleum Corporation today announced it6 would separate into two businesses and move the headquarters of Occidental Petroleum to Houston. 

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UT Austin Engineer Converts Yeast Cells into ‘Sweet Crude’ Biofuel

AUSTIN--Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering developed a new source of renewable energy, a biofuel, from genetically engineered yeast cells and ordinary table sugar. This yeast produces oils and fats, known as lipids, that can be used in place of petroleum-derived products.


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Keystone XL Southern Leg Nears Activation

Time is quickly running out for Texans fighting the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline.

As its operator prepares to start pumping crude oil underground from Cushing, Okla., to refineries on Texas’ Gulf Coast, citizen activists are calling for more testing of the line, saying that months-old warning letters sent by federal regulators to the pipeline's operator provide reason for concern about the line’s integrity. 

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Texas Nuclear Power Plants Seek New Workforce

PALACIOS — At first glance, the large, framed photo hanging on a wall at the state’s largest nuclear power plant seems to tell a simple story. About 200 smiling men and women stand in block formation behind a long-stretching banner — shades of a high school class portrait, though one posed in front of the domes of two nuclear reactors. 

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Lattice of Underground Lines Means Scores of Leaks

Leaking pipelines like the one that exploded near Milford in November draw the attention of news media, politicians and regulators, but hundreds of smaller leaks that don’t result in disaster go largely unnoticed.


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Amarillo’s Bell-Boeing Wins $15.5 Million Military Contract

Texas Business reports: An Amarillo firm won a $15.5 million contract to support military aircraft, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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Gas Injection Probably Triggered Small Earthquakes Near Snyder, Texas

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN, Texas — A new study correlates a series of small earthquakes near Snyder, Texas between 2006 and 2011 with the underground injection of large volumes of gas, primarily carbon dioxide (CO2) — a finding that is relevant to the process of capturing and storing CO2 underground. 

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Gastar Exploration Closes $40 Million Sale of East Texas Property

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Gastar Exploration Ltd. executed closing documents on the previously announced sale of its East Texas properties to Cubic Energy.  Gastar expects to receive $39.2 million in proceeds in addition to the $4.7 million deposit previously paid by Cubic Energy. 

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Applied Natural Gas Fuels to Build Texas LNG Production Platform

Texas Business reports: MIDLOTHIAN, Texas—California’s Applied Natural Gas Fuels Inc. (ANGF), the second largest producer and marketer of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in the United States, plans to build a multi-liquefier LNG production platform in Midlothian, Texas.

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Battery Thefts Plague Texas Oil and Gas Drillers

Jose Lopez is rarely surprised when a sheriff's deputy pulls up to the battery warehouse he manages. Law enforcement officials are frequent visitors to Tri-State Battery Supply in Longview, which has become an ally in a crackdown on thefts of equipment in East Texas’ slice of the lucrative Haynesville Shale. 

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At Revamped Energy Institute, Industry Partnerships Remain Key

The road to redemption from a debunked and abandoned study holds at least one more challenge for the University of Texas Energy Institute and its new guard of administrators. A conflict of interest policy that promised to prevent the past from repeating itself has been delayed by the UT System amid protests from faculty, and the institute’s interim director says industry partnerships will remain key to funding its research. 

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Surge Global Energy to Buy 70,000 Acres Drilling Rights in Permian Basin

Texas Business reports: AMARILLO, Texas—Surge Global Energy Inc. signed a letter of intent agreement with Amazing Energy Inc. of Amarillo to acquire for stock, the controlling interest in Amazing Energy. 

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NRG Energy Acquires Corpus Christi Power Plant in $244 Million Deal

Texas Business reports: CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas—NRG Energy Inc. closed on the acquisition of the Gregory cogeneration plant in Corpus Christi.

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UTA Finds Drinking Water Contaminants Highest Near Fracking | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz,
UTA Finds Drinking Water Contaminants Highest Near Fracking

Texas Business reports: A study of 100 private water wells in and near the Barnett Shale showed elevated levels of potential contaminants such as arsenic and selenium closest to natural gas extraction sites, according to a team of researchers that was led by UT Arlington associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry Kevin Schug. 

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Synthesis Energy Systems Reaches Agreement to Expand and Restart Chinese Plant

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Synthesis Energy Systems Inc. reached an agreement with Xuecheng Energy (XE), formerly Shandong Hai Hua Coal & Chemical Company Ltd. (Hai Hua), that will enable SES’ Zao Zhuang Joint Venture (ZZ JV) to restart the plants and expand into producing and selling methanol. 

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Texas Ranks High for Electric Grid Improvements

Texas ranks first out of 41 states for modernizing its electric grid, according to a new report — although that doesn’t mean Texans pay significantly less for electricity, or that the grid is safe from strain due to high demand this summer.  

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San Antonio’s NuStar Wins $23.3 Million Military Petroleum Contract

Texas Business reports:  A San Antonio firm won a $23.3 million contract for government petroleum handling, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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Gastar Exploration to Sell its Oklahoma Land for $62 million

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Gastar Exploration Ltd. signed an agreement with an undisclosed third party for the sale of Gastar's interests in approximately 76,000 net acres in Kingfisher and Canadian counties, Oklahoma for approximately $62 million in cash. 

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Diamond Green Diesel Begins Production

Texas Business reports: IRVING, Texas—Darling International Inc. announcedDiamond Green Diesel, the joint venture between Valero subsidiary Diamond Alternative Energy LLC and Darling International Inc., reached mechanical completion and the startup process will lead to full production of renewable diesel. 

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Texarkana’s Truman Arnold Co. Wins $7.1 Million Diesel Contract

Texas Business reports:  A Texarkana firm won a $7.1 million contract to provide diesel fuel to the military, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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Engineers Investigating Novel Structural Materials for Nuclear Reactors

Texas Business reports: EL PASO--Led by Chintalapalle Ramana, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, researchers at The University of Texas at El Paso are investigating novel structural materials to improve nuclear reactors. 

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Texas Civil and Environmental Engineering Firm Lands Fracking Project in North Dakota

 Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Southwest Engineers Inc., a full-service civil and environmental engineering consulting firm signed an extensive agreement with Earthwater Resources Inc. for a major project on the Bakken Shale oil and gas zone in North Dakota. 

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In Texas, Abandoned Oil Equipment Spurs Pollution Fears

LULING — Amid the dry weeds on a 470-acre ranch here, a rusted head of steel pokes up, a vestige of an oil well abandoned decades ago. Across the field stand two huge, old wooden oil tanks, one of them tilting like a smokestack on the Titanic. 

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U.S., Arkansas File Joint Complaint Against Texas-based ExxonMobil for Pegasus Pipeline Oil Spill

Texas Business reports:  IRVING—Today the United States and the state of Arkansas filed a joint enforcement action against ExxonMobil Pipeline Company and Mobil Pipe Line Company (ExxonMobil) in federal district court in Little Rock, Ark. 

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CenterPoint Energy Continues to Convert Fleet to Natural Gas

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—In 2013, CenterPointEnergy will add 35 natural gas vehicles to its fleet across Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Additionally, the company expects to provide natural gas service to at least 17 new compressed natural gas fueling stations built in the company's service territory. 

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U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin Commission Microgrid at Fort Bliss

Texas Business reports: EL PASO, Texas—U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin officials commissioned the first U.S. Department of Defense grid-tied microgrid integrating both renewable resources and energy storage at Fort Bliss, Texas. The project was funded by the DoD's Environmental Security Technology Certification Program. 

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$650 million Power Plant to be built in the Harlingen Industrial Park

Texas Business reports:  HARLINGEN, Texas—Construction is expected to begin early next year on the new La Paloma Power Plant, to be located in the Harlingen Industrial Park in Harlingen, Texas located along the US-Mexico border near the Gulf of Mexico, in deep South Texas. 


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Foreign Ownership Could Halt Licensing Of South Texas Project Nuclear Reactors

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—On Tuesday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) told judges overseeing the licensing case for two proposed South Texas Project nuclear reactors that the applicant (NINA) is subject to foreign ownership control or domination requirements and does not meet the provisions of the Atomic Energy Act in this regard. 

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ExxonMobil to Spend $4 Billion on Julia Oil Field in the Gulf of Mexico

Texas Business reports:  IRVING, Texas—Exxon Mobil Corporation started development of the Julia oil field in the Gulf of Mexico. 

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Ready (or Not?) for a Great Coming Shale Boom

SWEETWATER — About a year ago, talk began circulating in this West Texas town about a huge oil-producing formation called the Cline Shale, east of the traditional drilling areas around Midland.


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U.S. Capital Advisors Invests $24 Million into Badger Midstream Energy

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—U.S. Capital Advisors LLC made a $24.1 million preferred equity investment into Badger Midstream Energy LP, a newly formed midstream energy company. 

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CAMAC Energy Completes Airborne Gravity and Magnetic Data Acquisition in Kenya
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—CAMAC Energy Inc announced that Sander Geophysics Limited (SGL) completed shooting airborne gravity and magnetic geophysical surveys on the Company's Kenya onshore Lamu Basin Blocks L1B and L16 (Blocks).  Full Story »
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Texas Nuclear Reactor Restarts, Four Months After Fire
Four months after a fire in January, one of Texas’ four nuclear reactor units is being restarted, bringing to an end the unit's second prolonged shutdown in two years.  Full Story »
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Gastar Exploration Sells East Texas Assets for $46 Million

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Gastar Exploration Ltd. agreed to sell its East Texas assets to Cubic Energy Inc. for $46  million, subject to customary closing adjustments. 

 
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Plains All American To Build $350 Million West Texas pipeline

Texas Business reports: Plains All American LP is building the Cactus Pipeline to transport West Texas’ Permian Basin crude to refineries in the Houston area.


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Dallas’ Alon Wins $11.6 Million Military Fuel Contract

Texas Business reports:  A Dallas firm won an $11.6 million contract to provide fuel for the military, the U.S. Department of Defense announced. 

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SES' Technology Wins $1.6 Billion Coal Gasification Project in China

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Hainan Dongfang Henghe Energy Development Company Ltd., based in Hainan Province, China, selected Synthesis Energy Systems Inc. for a 10 billion RMB (US$1.6 billion) coal waste to synthetic natural gas (SNG) project in Jiangxi Province, China. 

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Houston’s Tallahassee Aviation Wins $11.4 Million Military Fuel Contract.

Texas Business reports:  A Houston firm won an $11.4 million contract to supply fuel for defense agencies, the U.S. Department of Defense announced. 

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ExxonMobil Starts Production From Telok Gas Field

Texas Business reports: IRVING, Texas—ExxonMobil started production from the Telok natural gas field, located offshore Malaysia in the South China Sea. 

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Houston’s Atmos Energy Wins $30.8 Million Natural Gas Contract

Texas Business reports:  A Houston firm won a $30.8 million natural gas supply contract for the military, the U.S. Department of Defense announced.  

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Houston’s Cima Wins $11 Million Military Natural Gas Contract

Texas Business reports:   A Houston firm won an $11 million military energy contract, the U.S. Department of Defense announced. 

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Houston’s Shell Energy Wins $35 Million Natural Gas Military Contract

Texas Business reports:  A Houston firm won a contract potentially worth $35.2 million for natural gas, the U.S. Department of Defense announced. 

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Modified bacteria turn waste into fat for fuel

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—“Green” chemistry developed at Rice University is at the center of a new government effort to turn plant waste into fatty acids, and then into fuel. 

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Scottish Firm Acquires Houston’s Total Instrumentation & Controls

Texas Business reports:  ABERDEEN, Scotland— Proserv Group Inc., an energy production technology services company, acquired Total Instrumentation & Controls (TIC), a specialist in in advanced process and control systems equipment, based in Houston. 

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Delek US to acquire Texas biodiesel manufacturer for $5.3 million

Texas Business reports:  Cleburne, Texas—Tennessee-based Delek US Holdings  Inc.,  a diversified energy company with assets in the petroleum refining, retail and logistics industries,  entered into an agreement to purchase a biodiesel production facility and related assets based in Cleburne, Texas from EQM Technologies & Energy Inc. for approximately $5.3 million. 

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Newpark Resources Closes Acquisition

Texas Business reports:  THE WOODLANDS, Texas— Newpark Resources Inc. completed the acquisition of substantially all assets and operations of Alliance Drilling Fluids LLC, a provider of drilling fluids, proppants, and related services headquartered in Midland, Texas. 

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Houston Firm Wins $7 Million Military Natural Gas Contract

Texas Business reports:  A Houston firm won a $7.2 million contract to supply natural gas to the federal government, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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Parallel Resource Partners Invests $140 Million In Texas American Platform

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Parallel Resource Partners LLC invested in Texas American Partners LLC, a new upstream oil and gas company. 

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Air Liquide Brings New Nitrogen Liquefier Online in Cleburne, Texas

Texas Business reports:  CLEBURNE, Texas—Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP commissioned a new nitrogen liquefier at its air separation plant in Cleburne, Texas to further support growth in the Texas and Oklahoma industrial gas markets. 

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Kirby Corporation Completes $299 Million Buy Of Penn Maritime

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Kirby Corporation completed the acquisition of Penn Maritime Inc. and Maritime Investments LLC , an operator of tank barges and tugboats participating in the coastal transportation of primarily black oil products in the United States. 

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Poisoning the Well: How the Feds Let Industry Pollute the Nation’s Underground Water Supply | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz
Poisoning the Well: How the Feds Let Industry Pollute the Nation’s Underground Water Supply

Federal officials have given energy and mining companies permission to pollute aquifers in more than 1,500 places across the country, releasing toxic material into underground reservoirs that help supply more than half of the nation's drinking water. In many cases, the Environmental Protection Agency has granted these so-called aquifer exemptions in Western states now stricken by drought and increasingly desperate for water.

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Houston’s Gexa Energy Wins $14.5 Million Energy Contract.

Texas Business reports:  A Houston firm won a $14.5 million contract to supply electricity to the government, the U.S. Department of Defense announced. 

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New Braunfels’ Refinery Associates Wins $1.3 Billion Fuel Contract

Texas Business reports: A New Braunfels firm won a $1.3 billion military fuel contract, the U.S. Department of Defense announced. 

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Lone Star Investment Advisors Sells Petroplex Acidizing

Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Lone Star Investment Advisors sold Petroplex Acidizing LP to One Rock Capital Partners LLC. 


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