Chron energy items: 01.28.08

A few of the recent energy related stories in the Houston Chronicle or on chron.com.
Atomic waste in limbo: AP — Thousands of canisters of highly radioactive waste from the world’s most nuclear-energized nation lie silent and deadly beneath this jutting tip of Normandy.
Weatherford profit rose 22 percent: Bloomberg News — Weatherford International Ltd., a Houston-based oil field services company that operates in 100 countries, said fourth-quarter profit rose 22 percent on higher producer spending in the Eastern Hemisphere.
Ruling favors ex-BP CEO: The former chief executive of British oil giant BP can avoid extensive face-to-face grilling from plaintiffs’ lawyers about the deadly March 2005 explosion at the company’s Texas City refinery, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday.
Frosty winter forces China to hold on to its coal: AP — China’s Transport Ministry ordered ports today to temporarily stop loading coal for export as the country struggles to meet domestic needs amid mounting power shortages.

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