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Gulf Oil Spill

Few roughnecks in the help line

Thousands of deep-water rig workers were expected to sign up for help from a $100 billion fund BP set up after the federal drilling ban. But only 621 took advantage of the offer, leading organizers to plan a second round in the spring. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  More »
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Landrieu: Gulf states want a piece of the drilling pie — and they need the oven fired back up

The Louisiana senator wants Texas, Louisiana and other states in the region to get a share of revenue from oil and gas drilling on federal lands — a perk inland states already have. (Chron Photo)  More »
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Farewell, Macondo: Admiral Allen hands over the keys to the Gulf

The Coast Guard’s Thad Allen, a familiar face to those who followed the BP spill saga, officially steps down today. Command of the spill response transfers to Rear Admiral Paul Zukunft. (Photo: Michael Paulsen/Houston Chronicle)  More »
Craig Sautner, a resident of Dimock, P.A., holds a jug of his well water outside of The Forum in Binghamton, NY, on Monday, Sept. 13, 2010 during the final public meeting on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencyís hydraulic fracturing study. Sautner lives 976-feet from a Cabot Oil natural gas drill. He was not allowed to take the receptacle into the meeting. (AP Photo/Press & Sun-Bulletin, Rebecca Catlett)

Water fight: Cabot, Pa. officials spar over contamination claims

State regulator say natural gas drilling polluted rural drinking water. Cabot says most of the issues pre-date the drilling. Craig Sautner of Dimock, Pa., holds a jug of his well water outside an EPA hearing on hydraulic fracturing last month. (Press & Sun-Bulletin/Rebecca Catlett)  More »

Chron Energy Newslinks | 10.01.10 |

Dudley takes the reigns, Landrieau pressure won’t help, China’s big in Brazil. (Photo: David Ohmer/Flickr)  More »

BP Texas City to pay record clean air penalty

$15 million fine for three incidents in 2004 and 2005 — and it’s not related to the deadly blast in March 2005. (Chronicle photo)  More »
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FuelFix exclusive: BP's Dudley opens up about safety, criminal liability and social media

The oil major’s new CEO officially takes the helm Friday. Today he gave FuelFix an advance look at his top priorities. (Michael Paulsen: Houston Chronicle)  More »

Chron Energy Newslinks | 09.30.10 |

New rules pending mean ban’s ending. Energy by the chunk. Eni sells. (Photo: David Ohmer/Flickr)  More »
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Shell's Odum swings big iron in the Gulf

Shell Oil Co. President Marvin Odum, shown here at the Shell Houston Open, talks to us about the oil major’s outlook in the Gulf of Mexico and the costs of the drilling moratorium. (Photo: Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle)  More »
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Did you get the memo? Dudley's shake-up message to top staff

Take a look at Dudley’s internal announcement of his planned reorganization. (Photo: “Office Space,” 20th Century Fox)  More »
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Shake and break: BP bulks up safety, lets go of top exec

Safety operations get new muscle, upstream division is broken up and Andy Inglis is out as incoming CEO Bob Dudley, right, gets started. (AP Photo)  More »
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BP's safety plan takes a page from Exxon's playbook

The safety program Bob Dudley unveiled today sounds similar to one Exxon put in place after the Valdez disaster — but it will take years to know if it works.  More »