Monthly Archives: October 2009

OSHA's new fines against BP Texas City: documents

OSHA has issued a record $87 million fine against BP saying it is not complying with terms of a settlement over the 2005 blast at the Texas City refinery that killed 15. BP has said it is in compliance with the settlement terms and will contest the new fines. Here are some documents related to […]  More »

"Corporate governance is a joke," says Lehman turnaround chief.

Bryan Marsal was in his living room watching a Giants football game the night of September 14, 2008 when the phone rang. On the other end of the line was the board of directors at Lehman Brothers. The reason for the call: would the co-head of turnaround firm Alvarez & Marsal would be willing to […]  More »

Chron Energy Newslinks | 10.30.09 | Shell's cuts, O'Quinn's environmental philosophy

• Shell to cut 5,000, Exxon reports lower profits. • KBR beats quarterly forecast despite 14% profit drop. • Chesapeake Energy reports record Barnett Shale output. • How much natural gas does Turkmenistan have? • BP plans first Libyan well by 2nd half 2010. • Repsol makes 2 oil finds in Gulf of Mexico. • […]  More »

John O’Quinn (1941-2009) and his environmental philosophy

This morning, Houston attorney John O’Quinn died instantly in a car crash on Allen Parkway.  O’Quinn was a controversial and flamboyant attorney, who made hundreds of millions of dollars representing plaintiffs, and was particularly noted for his breast implant lawsuits and representing the state of Texas in its successful suit against tobacco companies.  Many, particularly […]  More »

China to double-down on Texas wind * Updated *

* Update The U.S. Renewable Energy Group (US-REG) and Cielo Wind Power LP have entered into a joint venture framework agreement with China’s Shenyang Power Group to develop a $1.5 billion, 600 megawatt wind farm on 36,000 acres in Texas. We don’t know many details at the moment but the press release on the event […]  More »

Chron Energy Newslinks | 10.29.09 | Saudis drop WTI, Chesapeake won't drill near NY water.

• Saudis drop WTI as their benchmark price. • ConocoPhillips to get lean after years of bulking up. • Interior chief says royalty relief for deepwater Gulf not necessary. • Enterprise Products Partners sees rise in profits. Finally! Someone who’s doing better than last year. • The oilman who went back to nuts and bolts: […]  More »

Deepwater royalty relief? Maybe. In the Gulf? Maybe not.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said he is “not closing the door” on the idea of lower royalty payments for deep water oil and gas exploration, but he isn’t so sure it is necessary in the deep water Gulf of Mexico. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg) In a meeting with the […]  More »

Chron Energy Newslinks | 10.28.09 | Round 1 of Senate climate talks, Chu backs more money for nuclear

• Senate brawl over climate change legislation begins. • Chevron and Exxon would lose free emissions credits under plan being considered. • Senate climate bill reopens rift between coal, non-coal states. • United Nations signals a delay in climate change treaty. • Can markets save the rainforests? • Chu backs expanding nuclear power loan guarentees. […]  More »

CenterPoint, Reliant land fed 'smart grid' funds

CenterPoint Energy has been granted $200 million in federal stimulus funding to speed up deployment of new electric grid technology while Houston-based electric retailer Reliant Energy was given near $20 million. Surprisingly Oncor Energy, which runs the power grid in Dallas, didn’t get any of the $200 million it asked to help speed up its […]  More »

The climate change bill gets 'School House Rock'-ed

And just in time for today’s sessions in the Senate… O.K., this isn’t really done by the same folks who brought you Conjunction Junction and The Shot Heard ‘Round the world. Rather it’s from Friends of the Earth and they’re not trying to be neutral. And you probably don’t want small kids (or uptight co-workers) […]  More »

Chron Energy Newslinks | 10.27.09 | Senate climate hearings start, BP beats expectations.

• What to expect from the climate change bill hearings in the Senate this week. • Do people really care ‘climate change’? How about ‘global warming’ or ‘climate weirding’? • Four degress warmer: an interactive map. • Climate warming article challenged. • Climate targets unattainable, says industry. Carbon capture technology isn’t anywhere close to prime […]  More »

Geologic Sequestration of CO2: Not Even Close

CCS which stands for carbon capture and storage or sequestration has been the great hope of middle-of-the-road characters, people other than radical “greenies” or their “right-wing” adversaries. Oil companies and governments have jumped on this and it has figured prominently in many energy and climate scenaria by think-tanks and universities. In some ways it has […]  More »

China and Carbon Emissions

The declared war against global warming by governments, organizations and environmentalists had no credibility when both the United States, under George W. Bush, and China, the two biggest carbon emitters were not playing along. But the election of Barack Obama brought the United States into the forefront of global warming pronouncements; China remained enough of […]  More »

Want to scare some electric execs? Shout "re-regulation."

Our colleagues at the Dallas Morning News have been making some folks in the Texas’ electric industry a bit angry in recent weeks. Earlier this month they wrote about a residential customer who was mistakenly billed $20,000 for her monthly electric usage and then sent a disconnect notice. That’s not such a great rate these […]  More »

When are those 'smart meters' going to start paying off?

The folks at Knowledge Problem take a look at a recent Forbes piece on smart meters which concludes, essentially, consumers haven’t started to see the benefits of these systems, just the costs. “Utilities get a good deal on smart meter investment. The meters send power usage information directly to power companies via the Internet or […]  More »
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