L.M. Sixel writes about the economy and the workplace for the Houston Chronicle. She started her newspaper career at the Beaumont Enterprise. Before that, she earned a Bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master's degree in economic history from the London School of Economics.

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Travel restrictions make long flights longer for international visitors to OTC

Fahed Alameri invented a mechanical stabilizer that his employer, the state-owned oil company of the United Arab Emirates, is showing off at the Offshore Technology Conference this week. But Alameri, a drilling manager, couldn’t work on his laptop to prepare his OTC presentation during the 17- ...

OTC Fashion: All the news that fits

The Norwegian publishers of “Upstream,” a weekly oil and gas journal, wanted to stand out at the Offshore Technology Conference, amid the hundreds of booths that compete for attention of convention-goers. So the company used some of its newsprint to design fabric that it fashioned into outfits for i ...

Bathroom ads find captive audience at OTC

Renting a booth isn’t the only way companies can advertise their products and services at the Offshore Technology Conference.   To get their message out, they can go conventional like buying advertising banners draped across the exhibit halls for everyone to see. Or in years past, they wo ...

Gulf Publishing acquires three energy trade journals

Gulf Publishing Co. said  Monday that it acquired Oildom Publishing Co. of Texas, a deal that will add three energy industry trade journals to Gulf’s portfolio. Through the acquisition, Houston-based Gulf Publishing added “Pipeline & Gas Journal” “Pipeline News” and ...

Six energy partners at Baker Botts leave to join Gibson Dunn

Six energy partners from Baker Botts have left the Houston-based law firm to join Gibson Dunn, one of the latest out-of-state law firms to open an office in Houston. All six, who became partners at Gibson Dunn, represent energy clients in mergers and acquisitions, international and domestic oil and ...

Weatherford employee sent to prison over stolen checks

A former employee of Weatherford was ordered to prison for 20 months after siphoning off nearly $485,000 and depositing the funds into his own accounts. Kiran Andhavarapu, 45, pleaded guilty in February to one count of bank fraud, according to his plea agreement. He was sentenced Thursday by U.S. Di ...

Houston man pleads guilty to role in ‘pump and dump’ stock scheme

A local businessman charged with conspiring to manipulate the market price and demand for shares of Chimera Energy Corp. pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and promised to cooperate with prosecutors. Thomas Massey, who entered his plea Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmor ...

Judge throws out security fraud claims against Plains All American

A federal judge in Houston recently dismissed a securities fraud case against Plains All American Pipeline, the Houston-based oil and gas pipeline company, stemming from an oil spill in California that left a beach covered in crude oil. Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal rejected the claims ...

Shell sues former head of security for threatening to reveal secrets

Crockett Oaks III, a former FBI agent who led the U.S. security operations of Shell Oil Co., was part of a selection committee that last year recommended the hiring of a 53-year-old man with a military background as a security adviser. But when the company directed the committee to find a younger, f ...

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