Energy stories in today's (and yesterday's) Houston Chronicle

Some of the Chronicle’s energy stories from Jan. 1 through today. More on our visit to Beaumont to watch Wyatt’s prison sign-in later today.
Oil flirts with $100 a barrel: Oil prices closed at a record high Wednesday, after a single futures contract drove crude briefly to $100-a-barrel for the first time. Light, sweet crude for next-month delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange
Wyatt begins 1-year prison term: An icy north wind greeted Oscar Wyatt Wednesday morning as he stepped from the back seat of a black Cadillac to begin serving a one-year sentence at a minimum security prison camp.
Army to review KBR contract: The Army will revisit its decision to award three $5 billion contracts to KBR, DynCorp International and Fluor Corp., a federal watchdog agency said Wednesday.
Alaska drilling opponents worried about wildlife: The federal government will open up nearly 46,000 square miles off Alaska’s northwest coast to petroleum leases next month, a decision condemned by environmental groups that contend the industrial activity will harm northern marine mammals.
BP Texas City goal won’t be realized: BP fell short of its goal of restoring most production to its partly closed Texas City oil refinery by the end of 2007.
Clean air vs. jobs an issue for TCEQ: Texas environmental regulators soon are expected to settle a dispute in El Paso about the future of an old copper smelter.
And because we love our energy readers so much…Chronicle’s markets page gains new coverage : Starting today, you’ll notice changes on our financial markets page, including more attention devoted to energy.

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