Chron Energy Items: 02.25.08

A few of the energy related items in the Houston Chronicle or on chron.com over the weekend and today:
Costly cleanup, fines have failed to halt BP deaths: Nearly three years after the tragic explosion that killed 15 people and injured more than 170 others, BP’s Texas City refinery remains the nation’s deadliest — despite a $1 billion cleanup and more than $20 million in fines.
Canada’s oil sands, open arms alluring: More and more oil companies are diving into Canada’s oil-soaked sands, eager to capitalize on vast resources in a stable country that welcomes outsiders.
Boom and bust may be a relic of city’s past: That which was true for Isaac Newton also holds sway in the oil patch: What goes up, must come down. Or does it?
Deafening silence on energy: Loren Steffy on the presidential candidates. Let me see if I have this straight: With crude oil prices hovering near a record, two of the three people with the best shot at becoming our next president went to the capital of Texas last week to debate and uttered not a word about energy policy.
‘The Persian Gulf of solar energy’: Associated Press — A Spanish company is planning to take 3 square miles of desert southwest of Phoenix and turn them into one of the largest solar power plants in the world.
The Well: Transocean said it has a contract with a group headed by a unit of Houston-based Marathon Oil for the ultra-deepwater drillship GSF Explorer to drill in Indonesia.

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