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Lawyer calls spill hearing co-chair biased, asks that he step down

Curt Kuchta, right, master of the Deepwater Horizon rig, testifies at a May 27, 2010 joint Coast Guard/BOEMRE hearing. His attorneys are asking that the co-head of the investigation, Capt. Hung Nguyen, be removed from the panel. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)  More »

What went wrong on Macondo? Another theory

A well-completions expert believes a failed casing shoe and clogged kill line set the stage for missed readings on the Deepwater Horizon. (AP File Photo/Gerald Herbert)  More »

How another oil company views BP’s gulf disaster

In Sunday’s column, I made reference to a training program that Marathon Oil put together for its drilling personnel based on the BP Macondo disaster. I got a copy of the document last week. Much of it is technical, but interesting nonetheless. A Marathon spokesman said it was designed to start an internal dialog over […]  More »

BP poised to challenge gov’t oil spill estimates, hopes to save up to $10.5B

The oil giant will argue that as little as half the estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil leaked from the Macondo well. Lower estimates could slash the fines BP can be forced to pay under federal law. (AP Photo)  More »

Texas broker accused of fraud in oil and gas scheme

Securities regulators accuse Brian Keith Alfaro of running a boiler-room outfit that fraudulently raised more than $9 million from investors who bought interests in drilling ventures. (Photo: Lauren/Flickr)  More »

Environmentalists: White House didn’t go far enough to block drilling

Some drilling foes cheered the administration’s decision not to expand offshore activity, but others aren’t satisfied because Arctic drilling is still on the table. (Photo: AP/John McConnico)  More »

Updated: Administration reverses offshore drilling plans

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is spurring the Obama administration to retreat from plans to expand offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean and the eastern Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: Aaron M. Sprecher/Bloomberg)  More »

Energy Secretary calls for boost in green tech research funds

Steven Chu urges more government action to promote green technology and warns that a failure to do so may damage the United States’ potential to cash in on the new green economy. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)  More »

Study: Energy execs see legislative changes as threat

Industry leaders express anxiety over the Obama administration’s efforts to eliminate tax incentives for oil and natural gas producers, as well as lingering concerns about regulation in the Gulf of Mexico following the BP oil spill. (Photo: takomabibelot/Flickr)  More »

Industry warns lame duck Congress against tax hike

Some of the proposals lawmakers are considering would block oil and gas companies from taking tax deductions and using accounting practices that are allowed for other industries. (Photo: Kevin Dooley/Flickr)  More »

Houston natural gas bills may drop by 20 percent

Lower natural gas costs will be passed on to Houston-area customers starting Dec. 1, says CenterPoint Energy. (Photo: Fotolia)  More »

Mark Ruffalo — actor or terrorist? You decide.

Um, we know “Gasland” has its detractors, but does organizing a screening really merit extra attention from Homeland Security? (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)  More »