The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico on April 21, 2010, the day after the blowout of BP's Macondo well. (Associate Press photo)

BP appears in court on spill-related felony charges

BP was arraigned before a federal magistrate judge on manslaughter and other criminal charges stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico rig explosion and oil spill.
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Noble Energy announces discovery in deepwater Gulf

News of Noble Energy’s deepwater Gulf of Mexico oil find came amid disappointing reservoir results from its exploration well in the Falkland Islands.

Energy panel sparks discussion on health risks

A showdown on an energy panel in Houston left some in the audience concerned about the industry’s balancing of health risks while pursuing the economic benefits of natural gas drilling.
Categories: People, Workforce

Gaza and Israeli Gas

On November 21 at 9pm Israeli time, not a moment too soon, a cease fire was declared between the Israeli military forces amassed outside of Gaza and Hamas which since 2007 has been controlling the city. Along with the West Bank, Gaza is supposed to be the flesh of a would-be Palestinian state.
Categories: Middle East, Natural gas

Caspian sale slims ConocoPhillips

ConocoPhillips is selling its stake in the enormous Kashagan offshore field in Kazakhstan in a $5 billion deal, the latest move to shrink and streamline its businesses, the corporation announced Monday.
Categories: Deals, Offshore
Ameriforge manufactured this riser for connecting a subsea well with a drilling rig on the surface. (Ameriforge photo)

First Reserve acquires energy equipment maker Ameriforge

Houston-based manufacturer Ameriforge Group says the investment by First Reserve will allow the company to grow, benefiting its subsea business among others.
Categories: General

Judge reschedules spill hearing

Citing scheduling conflicts, a judge postponed a conference planned to discuss BP’s agreement to plead guilty to criminal charges arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Commercial vessels spray water on the fire aboard the West Delta 32 production platform. (Coast Guard photo)

House members want details on fatal offshore fire

Democratic lawmakers want the CEO of Houston’s Black Elk Energy to provide details about a fire on an offshore platform that killed at least two workers.
Categories: Accidents, General, Offshore
University of Houston architecture professor Patrick Peters stands underneath the solar panels powering the McReynolds Middle School's Solar Shade Tree,Thursday, November 15, 2012. Peters led a graduate design/building project in which the students designed and built a solar-powered structure. (Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle)

UH students bring the sun down to earth

Graduate architecture students at the University of Houston spent last summer designing and building a solar-powered outdoor classroom and butterfly pavilion across the street from Youngblood Intermediate School in Alief, but they’re still raising money for the solar component.
Categories: Solar
The Cameron International Building in Houston (Photo: Holliday Fenoglio Fowler)

Cameron wins $275 million deepwater drillship equipment contract

Oil equipment supplier Cameron has won a $275 million contract to equip an ultradeepwater drillship.
Categories: General