Loren Steffy is the business columnist for the Houston Chronicle. His column appears in on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. He is also the author of "Drowning in Oil: BP and the Reckless Pursuit of Profit," and "The Man Who Thought Like a Ship."

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Offshore safety still isn’t making the grade

  Friday’s column, available on houstonchronicle.com: Offshore drilling safety still isn’t making the grade. Saturday marks the third anniversary of the worst offshore oil disaster in U.S. history, and many of the improvements that have been made continue to focus on response to disaster than on pre ...

Chesapeake resorts to stop-gap leadership move

Programming note: I’m taking a little time off, so the blog is likely to be rather quiet for the next week and a half. Wednesday’s column, available on houstonchronicle.com: When a company issues a release at 4:55 p.m. on Good Friday, it’s not good news. That’s the timing Chesapeake Energy chose to ...

Accountants be warned: felonies are forever

For anyone who thinks that following orders or being a team player offers any legal protection, Sharkey's story is a wakeup call. The line between loyalty and criminality can be thinner than many employees realize. ...

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