Monthly Archives: May 2011

Regulators to extend reach to offshore contractors

The federal agency that polices offshore drilling historically has focused on oil and gas companies, but it will begin extending its regulatory reach to services firms, drilling rig suppliers and other contractors, an Obama administration official said…  More »

LyondellBasell is in expansion mode in the U.S.

The chemical maker that emerged from bankruptcy a year ago, plans expansions at existing plants, possibly in Channelview and La Porte, over the next few years to increase its ethylene output by about 500 million pounds a year.  More »

Raises: Did you get yours?

You may not have gotten a pay bump for a while, but somebody did: Houston led the nation’s top 15 cities in wage increases over the past year, driven by oil and gas companies that have been giving raises throughout the recession.  More »

OTC 2011: More family-friendly than flashy this year

Back in the day the exhibit hall of the Offshore Technology Conference would be filled with lots of flashy, umm, distractions. On Day one this year the Houston Dynamo girls were as racy as it got on the trade show floor.  More »

McCormick & Schmick’s is now in play

McCormick & Schmick’s, the Portland, Ore.-based seafood chain that’s had Houston restaurateur Tilman Fertitta salivating for the past month, is now officially for sale. In releasing its first-quarter earnings today, the company also said its board “has determined to engage in a sale process as well as a broad evaluation of the company’s other strategic [...]  More »

MDU Resources Reports Improved First Quarter Earnings, Reaffirms 2011 Earnings Guidance

BISMARCK, N.D.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MDU Resources today reported first quarter consolidated earnings of $42.8 million, or 23 cents per common share, compared to $41.6 million, or 22 cents per common share for the first quarter of 2010. …  More »

OTC 2011: Many new products revealed with an eye toward Macondo

If there was a problem identified in the Deepwater Horizon accident, chances are someone at the Offshore Technology Conference is selling a solution for it. Take a look at the new products companies are pushing at the trade show this year.  More »

Oldham Introduces the WX Series Gas Detection Alarm Controllers

Oldham Introduces the WX Series Gas Detection Alarm Controllers Oldham today introduced the WX series of gas detection alarm controllers, including the WX4, WX16 and WX64. Arras, France (PRWEB) May 02, 2011 Oldham, an Industrial Scientific company and…  More »

Studies Show that PFCs are Linked to Early Menopause, Discussed by Dr. Shoreh Ershadi

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Natural menopause cures are often sought by many women to lessen symptoms that occur during menopause, which can be a difficult time. Dr. Shoreh Ershadi, director of the ANTIAGING Institute of Californ…  More »

Free Workshops Offered to Assist in Fraud Prevention for Tornado Survivors

ST. LOUIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Do you have home damage from last week’s tornado? Don’t be a victim a second time — protect yourself from home repair fraud! Community Action Agency of St. Louis County, the St. Louis County Executive’s Office and the National Center for Prevention of Home Repair Fraud invite you to a series of free workshops in your community. Tuesday, May 3; 1 PM Ferguson Public Library @ 35 N. Florissant Rd 6 PM  More »

Constellation Energy to Acquire 30 MW Solar Installation in Sacramento

BALTIMORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Constellation Energy (NYSE:CEG) today announced that it acquired a 30-megawatt solar generation project in Sacramento, Calif., from utility-grade photovoltaic power plant developer Belectric, Inc.  More »

Chesapeake Energy Corporation Reports Financial and Operational Results for the 2011 First Quarter

OKLAHOMA CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) today announced its 2011 first quarter financial and operational results. For the quarter, Chesapeake reported a net loss to common stockholders of $205 million ($0.32 per fully d…  More »