The Facebook Inc. website is displayed on a Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) Blackberry 9900 smartphone in this arranged photograph in Tokyo, Japan. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Blackberry market fading, but is energy industry still embracing it?

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Behind the glitz and the glamour of the Offshore Technology Conference, there is one thing clear about the energy industry – it loves smartphones.
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Texas energy leaders face tough challenges today

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Several lawmakers from Texas are fighting to hold on to their jobs in Congress during today’s primaries across the Lone Star State. The list of incumbents in tough political fights includes a handful of Texans who have taken high-profile roles steering energy policy in Congress.
A boom is used to protect marshland in Terrebonne Parish on the Louisiana coast after the Gulf oil spill in 2010. Photo: Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle

Gulf residents getting an extra $64M for spill claims

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Roughly 7,300 residents and businesses harmed by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will get more than $64 million in additional payments because their claims with BP were shortchanged or wrongfully denied, the Justice Department announced Thursday.
Then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar speaks at the White House in 2012. (AP file)

Salazar: Interior secretary is ‘best job’ in Cabinet

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Ken Salazar stressed how much he loves his role heading the Interior Department, apparently signaling his interest in sticking around should President Barack Obama win reelection in November.
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Michael Bromwich, head of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, before testifying on Capitol Hill in 2010. Also shown are Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.  (Photo: Interior Department)

Offshore drilling regulator launches new gig

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The former federal prosecutor who investigated allegations of mismanagement at the Houston crime lab and spearheaded an overhaul of government agencies that oversee offshore drilling now is putting up his shingle in Washington.
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Young Americans Are Driving Dramatically Less – Will It Continue?

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This post was written by James Coan, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. Americans under 40 are driving dramatically less, according to data from the National Household Travel Survey. The question is: Is car culture in America waning generationally or is this a temporary phenomenon linked to the recession? The recession hit younger […]
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Rep. Lee Terry: The Nebraska man with the Keystone XL plan

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Perhaps nobody in the U.S. House of Representatives has been more outspoken in his support of the Keystone XL pipeline than Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb. In an interview with Fuel Fix, Terry took time to discuss his ongoing plans for legislation to approve the pipeline, as well as his thoughts on Obama’s defense of the decision to reject the permit.
Anadarko CEO Jim Hackett (Gary Fountain/For the Houston Chronicle)

Anadarko’s Walker to replace Hackett as CEO

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Anadarko Petroleum’s Chief Operating Officer Al Walker will replace CEO James Hackett in May, the company said Tuesday, with Hackett assuming the role of executive chairman until he retires in June 2013.
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Eugene Isenberg

Nabors former CEO forfeits $100 million payout, resigns

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Nabors Industries Ltd.’s Chairman and former chief executive officer, Eugene Isenberg, has forfeited his $100 million retirement paycheck, in response to a firestorm of shareholder criticism.
George Mitchell

Hydraulic fracturing pioneer Mitchell recalls early skepticism

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Oilman George Mitchell was honored at the ninth annual conference of the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas.