Tribpedia: Energy

Chevron was expected to build an office building at 1600 Louisiana Street in downtown Houston. More than two years after receiving state support for the project, company company officials say they have no plans to build the tower in the near future.
Chevron was expected to build an office building at 1600 Louisiana Street in downtown Houston. More than two years after receiving state support for the project, company company officials say they have no plans to build the tower in the near future.

Years Later, Benefits from State Subsidy to Chevron Hard to Find

Texas announced in 2013 it was giving Chevron millions of dollars toward building a new office tower and creating 1,752 jobs. More than two years later, the site of the building remains a grassy lot and Chevron has laid off hundreds of workers.

Cotulla Motel employee Jared Ramirez bags ice on April 7, 2016. Ramirez began working at the motel after work in the oil fields dried up.
Cotulla Motel employee Jared Ramirez bags ice on April 7, 2016. Ramirez began working at the motel after work in the oil fields dried up.

In Texas Drilling Country, Oil Plunge Means Too Many Rooms at the Inn

Cotulla, population 4,000, built 20 hotels during a yearslong oil boom, calling itself the "Hotel Capital" of the Eagle Ford Shale. A plunge in oil prices has prompted questions about whether that was a good idea. 

La Salle County, about 90 miles southwest of San Antonio, has professionalized its once all-volunteer firefighting force and invested in new trucks and equipment. The overhaul has slashed response times and spurred more residents to trust first responders, officials say.
La Salle County, about 90 miles southwest of San Antonio, has professionalized its once all-volunteer firefighting force and invested in new trucks and equipment. The overhaul has slashed response times and spurred more residents to trust first responders, officials say.

In South Texas County, an Investment in Survival

Thanks to a surge in drilling, La Salle County was able to finance a multi-million upgrade to its emergency response capabilities. While the oil boom has stalled, the dramatic improvements are here to stay, officials say.

An oil driller had filed a lawsuit over sales tax refunds. Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar's office warned that a Texas loss could have spurred up to $4.4 billion in refund filings for 2017 alone.
An oil driller had filed a lawsuit over sales tax refunds. Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar's office warned that a Texas loss could have spurred up to $4.4 billion in refund filings for 2017 alone.

Billions At Stake for State in Tax Challenge

The Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear arguments in a case that could deliver a multibillion-dollar windfall to struggling oil and gas producers, threatening to take a major bite out of state revenue.   

 

An aerial photograph of the Stolthaven Oil Tanking facility along the Houston Ship Channel on Nov. 10, 2015. Shell's Deer Park facility can be seen in the upper right.
An aerial photograph of the Stolthaven Oil Tanking facility along the Houston Ship Channel on Nov. 10, 2015. Shell's Deer Park facility can be seen in the upper right.

Hell and High Water: A Concern Centered on Storage Tanks

Storage tanks along the Houston Ship Channel hold one of the world's largest concentrations of oil, gases and chemicals. Some scientists fear a disaster waiting to happen when Houston's perfect storm comes. Read more about this in our "Hell and High Water" project, done in collaboration with ProPublica.

Hurricane Ike water lines marked on building in The Strand area of Galveston Feb. 14, 2016.
Hurricane Ike water lines marked on building in The Strand area of Galveston Feb. 14, 2016.

Reveal Radio: A Monster Storm in the Making

What could happen if a major storm hit the Houston region in just the right spot? This episode of Reveal looks at that worst-case scenario. This program is done in collaboration with The Texas Tribune and ProPublica, which co-produced the "Hell and High Water" multimedia project.