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Birds fly as pedestrians watch tug boats transport the Chevron Corp. Jack St. Malo semi-submersible drilling and production platform to the Gulf of Mexico from Kiewit Offshore Services in Ingleside, Texas, U.S., on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Chevron Corp. expects its $7.5 billion Jack/St. Malo platform to begin producing oil and gas in 2014, with a long-range target of 177,000 barrels per day. Photographer: Eddie Seal/Bloomberg

Commentary: Offshore well control rule will hurt, not help, offshore energy development

The oil and natural gas industry has spent the last five years following the Deepwater Horizon incident working with government and regulatory officials to improve the safety of operations offshore.

Commentary: Success of nuisance suits against Texas oil and gas companies in limbo

Marathon Oil EF, LLC, and Plains Exploration & Production Co. recently prevailed against landowners who claimed harm to their health and property from surrounding oil and gas operations in the Eagle Ford shale.
Kurt Mix (center) arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.  (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Ex-BP engineer says he was ‘scapegoat’

On Sunday, Kurt Mix wrote in a first-person commentary posted on the Wall Street Journal website that was an oil spill scapegoat.
From left, Betsy Cavillo, Jemillie Martinez and Trina Painter pose for a photo in the photo booth at the Houston Chronicle's annual Top Workplaces event Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, in Houston.  ( Jon Shapley / Houston Chronicle )

Energy companies among Houston’s Top Workplaces

Nearly 79,000 Houston-area workers were surveyed to determine the winners of the sixth annual Top Workplaces event.
Source:, Trans Adriatic Pipeline.

Commentary: Southern Gas Corridor can boost regional stability

Georgios Papanikolaou is the Consul of Greece to Houston; Elena Sgarbi is the Consul General of Italy to Houston; and Ferhat Alkan is the Consul General of the Republic of Turkey to Houston.
An oil well owned an operated by Apache Corporation in the Permian Basin are viewed on February 5, 2015 in Garden City, Texas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Apache pulls back rigs but still expects to grow production

Despite the downturn, the Houston oil producer believes it can boost its oil production this year
A gallon of regular averaged  $2.21 nationwide Wednesday, the cheapest  heading into the holidays since 2008, and analysts say the national average may drop below $2 by the end of the year. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

We’re driving more miles, paying less for gasoline

Regular gasoline averaged $1.92 a gallon in Houston on Wednesday.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

San Antonio lawyer indicted for fraud over Gulf oil spill claims

The charges stem from allegations that the lawyer fraudulently bolstered the number of clients he had with claims against BP to get a seat on a steering committee.
Taelyn Harris, 12, a sixth grader at Klentzman Intermediate School, reacts to the shocking feeling of touching the Van de Graaff electrostatic generator at the Houston Museum Of Natural Science booth during the Energy Day Festival at Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby St., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Houston. The free energy education presented by Consumer Energy Alliance targets K-12 students.  ( Melissa Phillip  / Houston Chronicle )

Energy Day Festival 2015 celebrates science at Sam Houston Park

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Commentary: Transparency and process adjustments boosted Mexico’s second offshore auction

In less than three months, the Mexican Government has changed the narrative of their oil and gas auctions.