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Motiva Rebounds

Motiva Refinery

CEO cites early 2013 restart for crude distillation unit

In a stunning reversal of fortune last June, Motiva Enterprises had to shut down major operating units at its Port Arthur refinery only weeks after celebrating the completion of a $10 billion expansion that made the facility the largest oil refinery in North America.

‘Negotiating with Terrorists’

Esser presents 2012 Distinguished Faculty Lecture

James EsserJames Esser, professor of psychology, focused on “Negotiating with Terrorists” at Lamar University’s 2012 Distinguished Faculty Lecture presented Nov. 13. He was the 26th recipient of the honor – one of the highest to be accorded teacher-scholars at the university.

Sara Gubala and therapy dog Kennedy

Sara Gubala and therapy dog Kennedy

Among four honored with Julie and Ben Rogers Community Service Award

Sara Gubala, instructor of political science at Lamar University, and her Springer Spaniel Kennedy have a way of brightening up a room. Through their service in the community, they have brought smiles to children and seniors and helped motivate injured patients toward recovery.

The pair were honored with Lamar University’s Julie and Ben Rogers Community Service Award presented Nov. 8 in the University Reception Center of the Mary and John Gray Library.

Conquering Frankenstorm Sandy

Valrico driver Joe Swanekamp fueling a Verizon vehicle

Area firms boost relief efforts with boots on the ground

Editor’s Note: Southeast Texas residents know all too well what it is like to fight back from the devastation of a large-scale natural disaster. In the last decade, we had to do it twice when first Rita then Ike came to call. When Sandy wreaked havoc on the Northeastern U.S. in late October, we were ready to assist. Presented here are reports from two area companies who answered the call.

PUCT rules on Entergy rate case

Customer bills could drop 5 percent by December

Entergy Texas residential customers will end 2012 with an average electric bill about 5 percent lower than last year.

That’s because although the Public Utility Commission of Texas’ final ruling on the base rate case Entergy Texas filed late last year called for a small increase to residential customer bills; that increase will be more than offset by a series of credits and a fuel cost refund.

Reading with Jackie Simien

Bonjour Tee Belle

Anchor/author tirelessly promotes literacy

Lake Charles, La., native and longtime Southeast Texas news anchor Jackie Simien released her first children’s book, “Bonjour, Tee Belle,” in October, which is Creole Heritage Month. The book is a tribute to the culture and Simien’s mother, Annabelle Simien Amos, a Mallet, La., native.
“Bonjour, Tee Belle” is the first in what the author hopes to be a series of Creole children’s books featuring her mother as the heroine of the stories.

Predicting the energy future

Offshore oil platform

Survey: Oil and gas professionals see American self-sufficiency for natural gas, but not crude oil

America can bank on plentiful domestic natural gas but should expect a continued reliance on foreign oil, according to oil and gas decision-makers who participated in a new Deloitte survey.

American reserves ‘bigger than Saudi Arabia’

IEA graph showing the trajectory of US oil production.

IEA report: U.S. to be world’s top oil producer by 2020

Despite persistent misinformation from industry advocates that the Obama administration was working to curtail the production of oil in the United States in favor of green energy sources, it turns out that false notion widely circulated before the election is untrue.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its World Energy Outlook, and, according to the IEA, the United States is on track to become the No. 1 oil producer in the world by 2020.