Column: Texas blackouts expose planning failure

Column: Texas blackouts expose planning failure
LONDON (Reuters) - Following last week’s widespread power failures, Texas policymakers and the state electricity industry must decide whether the blackout was caused by genuinely unforeseeable weather conditions or a failure to plan properly.FILE PHOTO: A man crosses Main Street in downtown during record-breaking temperatures in Houston, U.S., February 17, 2021. REUTERS/Adrees Latif/File PhotoFor 10… Read More

Texas regulator notifies producers of governor’s mandate to keep gas in state

Texas regulator notifies producers of governor’s mandate to keep gas in state
Feb 18 (Reuters) - The Texas oil and gas regulator on Thursday sent a letter to producers with the governor’s directive that the state’s natural gas providers not ship outside Texas.The mandate from Governor Greg Abbott asks producers to “take all reasonable steps” that Texas-produced natural gas be available for local power generation.The Texas Railroad… Read More

Oil refineries shut as Texas energy industry reels from deep freeze

Oil refineries shut as Texas energy industry reels from deep freeze
(Reuters) - A deep freeze across Texas over the weekend took a toll on the energy industry in the largest U.S. crude-producing state, shutting oil refineries and forcing restrictions from natural gas pipeline operators.FILE PHOTO: Refinery workers walk inside the LyondellBasell oil refinery in Houston, Texas March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Donna Carson/File PhotoThe cold snap prompted… Read More