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 »
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. (
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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 »
This report was written by Jennifer Dlouhy and Tom Fowler, with additional reporting by Brett Clanton and Richard S. Dunham.
Weeks before the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, tests pinpointed problems with the stability o… More »
Bad cement isn’t a smoking gun in the oil spill investigation, Loren Steffy writes, but it is one in a chain of decisions that escalated to disaster. (Photo: Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle) More »
As reports surface that the company’s Alaska ombudsman’s office brushes aside allegations, prematurely closes cases and may support retaliation against employees who complain, Loren Steffy wonders how the company’s new CEO will address pervasive safety problems. More »
This report was written by Jennifer Dlouhy of the Washington bureau.
Regulations that aim to rein in smog and greenhouse gases would hike costs for businesses and restrain the nation’s economic recovery, the American Petroleum Institute warned today.
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The Obama administration signed off on a plan Monday to build a solar power plant that is slated to be the largest in the world by the time it starts up in 2013.
The Interior Department’s permit approval gives a green light to the Blythe Solar Power P… More »
Loren Steffy writes: Now that the runaway Macondo well is killed, now that the political fervor has cooled, public has outrage eased and liability claims have been handed over to the federal government, Bob Dudley has decided to fight back. (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) More »
There have been several recent articles concerning the TCEQ’s proposed fast tracking of new coal plants in Texas. As many have speculated, this is likely related to the fact that come January 2, 2011, any newly approved significant sources of greenhouse gases will have to comply with the prevention of significant deterioration performance standards (whatever […] More »
In the past two days, two major drilling contractors in the Gulf of Mexico have released their third-quarter earnings, which gives us the best snapshot yet of the financial impact from the summer’s drilling moratorium. (Photo: Aaron M. Sprecher/Bloomberg) More »
One of the biggest questions facing BP is whether new CEO Bob Dudley, a career insider, can change the company’s disastrous course. Linking incentives to safety performance shows promise, Loren Steffy writes. (Photo: Michael Paulsen/Houston Chronicle ) More »
BP’s ongoing garage sale to pay for the Gulf oil spill — including its divestiture of assets to its Russian joint venture — shows how dramatically the oil giant’s fortunes have changed in the seven years since it established TNK-BP, Loren Steffy writes. (
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Energy industry leaders are expected to take aim at new offshore drilling rules, slower federal permitting of wells and the just-lifted moratorium on deep-water exploration during a forum in Houston on Monday.
The gathering, convened by Texas Republic… More »
While Congress is unlikely to pass climate or energy legislation during the lame duck session, private businesses are moving forward with their own initiatives to go green.
Ladan Nekoomaram/Hearst Newspapers Keynote speaker Steven Nadel of the American… More »