Tag: energy

Feud among federal agencies overshadows ‘autopsy’ on blowout preventer

This report was written by Jennifer Dlouhy of the Washington bureau. Check out our complete energy coverage on FuelFix.com. Federal investigators today signaled they will move ahead with the closed-door autopsy of a crucial piece of evidence for getti…  More »

BP’s `laser’ was more like a pen light

When I first heard the comment from Bob Graham, the co-chairman of the presidential spill commission, my reaction was that he was stating the obvious. In testimony yesterday, Graham said of the Deepwater Horizon accident:U.S. Coast Guard The proble…  More »

Industry always under pressure to ‘git er done,’ drilling engineer tells BP spill panel

This report was written by Jennifer Dlouhy of the Washington bureau. Check out her complete coverage of the commission’s hearings on FuelFix.com. During two marathon days of public hearings, members of a national commission investigating the Deepwater…  More »

BP’s Hayward, in BBC interview, states the obvious

Loren Steffy notes that the former BP chief’s defiance of critics is fully in character: “Most of his tenure as CEO was rough. He inherited a deeply troubled company, with operating and safety lapses on multiple fronts that he was never able to get under control.” (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  More »

Commission: BP, Transocean and Halliburton all made ‘egregious’ mistakes

This report was written by Jennifer Dlouhy of the Washington bureau. Follow her updates on the commission hearing all day today on FuelFix.com. A “culture of complacency” permeates all three companies that were central in drilling and sealing BP’s doo…  More »

BP oil spill commission leaders say they need subpoena power

This report was written by Jennifer Dlouhy of the Washington bureau. For up-to-the-minute coverage of the commission hearings today, please check in regularly with FuelFix.com. Leaders of the presidential commission investigating the Deepwater Horizon…  More »

Let the CSB do its job in investigating BP spill

Last summer I was talking to an attorney who represents businesses harmed by the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. He also had represented victims in the explosion at BP’s Texas City refinery in 2005. We began talking about the U.S. Chemical Safet…  More »

Let the CSB do its job in investigating BP spill

The Chemical Safety Board’s handling of the Texas City investigation was a model of how industrial accidents should be examined, Loren Steffy writes. The Interior Department needs to stop stonewalling and let the CSB do the same in the Gulf spill probe.  More »

President Obama: Let’s join forces on energy

AFP photoPresident Obama collects his thoughts at his post-election press conference this afternoon. This report was written by Jennifer Dlouhy of the Washington bureau. President Barack Obama vowed today to work to find middle ground on energy issue…  More »

President Obama: Let’s join forces on energy

AFP photoPresident Obama collects his thoughts at his post-election press conference this afternoon. This report was written by Jennifer Dlouhy of the Washington bureau. President Barack Obama vowed today to work to find middle ground on energy issue…  More »

For Joe Barton, the real campaign now begins &#151 for energy committee chair

This report was written by Jennifer Dlouhy of the Washington bureau. Now that the election is over, the real campaign begins. Republican Reps. Joe Barton and Fred Upton easily won re-election yesterday — but the real contest is just beginning. AP ph…  More »

Texas oil companies take a beating in California vote

AP photoA California backlash against Texas oil money. This report was written by Matthew Tresaugue and Eric Berger of the Houston Chronicle. Two Texas oil refiners failed to convince California voters to suspend the state’s ambitious global warming l…  More »

Rescuing the Chilean miners: The Texas view

PBS recently aired an in-depth look at the engineering efforts behind the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners last month. Among the people interviewed was Houston-area drilling expert Greg Hall,who led the effort to reach the stranded miners.  More »

Big Oil: back to business in the Gulf

It wasn’t likely the majors would abandon the Gulf, Loren Steffy writes. The prospects for finding additional reserves are too lucrative to ignore. The bigger question is what the smaller companies will do. (Photo: Secretlondon123/Flickr)  More »

James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger team up to terminate Texas oil companies

Texas oil companies are the villains in the latest production by Academy Award-winner James Cameron, the director behind movie blockbusters including “Terminator,” “Titanic” and “Avatar.” In a one-minute video designed to sink a controversial measur…  More »