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Q&A: Offshore insurance after the spill

Houston-based insurance expert Michelle Dennis says the deadly Macondo accident prompted a sea change in the underwriting of offshore insurance, but the immediate effect on rates won't be clear. (Photo: Houston Chronicle) ...

Halliburton questions Chevron's cement-testing ingredients

The company said Chevron's investigation used off-the-shelf cement and additives, while the company’s own test of its cement mix before the Macondo blowout was of a unique blend of cement and additives that existed on the Deepwater Horizon. ...

Mergers guru takes 18-hour days to get deals done

Sean Boland handled global antitrust clearances recently for Schlumberger/Smith, Cameron/NATCO and Baker Hughes/BJ Services. He talks about shepherding them through the process and M&A outlook after the Gulf oil spill. (Photo: Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle) ...

In releasing the first detailed report on the causes of the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP laid down a battleground for years of legal and political skirmishes, and may have provided itself some cover against the most severe civil and criminal penalties. ...

Energy secretary voices optimism in BP visit

Two Obama administration cabinet secretaries visited the BP command center working on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill today, and Energy Secretary Steven Chu expressed renewed optimism about the effort in his first visit to the facility. “I don’t want to go into any details, but things ar ...

Two Louisiana commercial shrimpers have filed suit against BP, Transocean and others for a growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico they say is threatening their livelihoods. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for Louisiana’s Eastern District, seeks class action status and was brought on ...

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