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A United Steelworkers Union member pickets outside Marathon Petroleum Company's Galveston Bay Refining Division on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Texas City. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Strike at Marathon Petroleum refinery ends

Workers at Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s Galveston Bay Refinery will go back to work following a more than four-month strike that ended Tuesday when union members ratified a contract with the company.
Man looking through office blinds

COMMENTARY: Silence is not golden when it comes to whistleblower law

The recent federal action against Houston-based KBR for an overly broad confidentiality clause that could stifle whistleblowing employees reverberated through the corporate corridors of America.

The biggest machines at OTC 2015

Click through for some of the biggest tech Fuel Fix could find at this year’s conference.
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Patrick Schorn, president of operations and integration for Schlumberger (Courtesy Schlumberger)

OTC Commentary: Contractors will have to offer bundled services, rather than discrete, to continue to compete

Changes in technology are also transforming the way contractors work with operators, Schlumberger exec Patrick Schorn.
Mark Shuster, executive vice president of upstream Americas exploration for Shell (Courtesy Shell)

OTC Commentary: Shell exec wants Interior Department to usher in era of Atlantic drilling

Mark Shuster, the executive vice president of upstream Americas exploration for Shell, says Secretary Sally Jewel should open up Atlantic acreage to offshore development.
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Sinopec Oilfield Services Corporation has a very large oil field and oil industry model on display on day three of OTC on May 7, 2014 inside the NRG Center in Houston, TX. (Photo: Thomas B. Shea/For the Chronicle)

Photos from OTC day three

The annual conference wraps up at NRG Park on May 7. But the conversation will continue for a fifth day for the first time on May 8 at OTC’s new event, D5, at the University of Houston.
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FMC Technologies' subsea equipment has helped fuel the company's growth. (Photo: Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle)

From ropes to bolts, everything is bigger at OTC

All of the products needed for deepwater development are engineered at a level beyond what most other industries require.
Energy executives discussed how to develop the right portfolio of oil and gas assets at an Offshore Technology Conference panel.

Oil producers shouldn’t shun their global assets during a downturn, Woodside Petroleum exec says at OTC

Oil and gas production companies need to “knee-jerk reactions” to investor activism and other short-term concerns, the executive said.
Eric Carre, Halliburton vice president (Halliburton)

OTC Commentary: Industry can meet long-term deep-water challenges

A Halliburton executive says he expects deepwater to be among the leading segments of the oil and gas industry into the future.
A Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) like this one will be used in the Gulf of Mexcio to handle production from Petrobras' Chinook-Cascade project in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: Petrobras)

OTC: Petrobras has emerged as a leader in drawing oil from beneath tough layers of salt deep in the ocean

In recent years, Petrobras has ramped up its efforts in technology development to tap into oil in waters up to 7,200 feet, which resulted in the development of different riser systems that helped reduce drilling and completion time for wells.