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Arthur Perales III works on a gear reducer at the Weatherford rod-pump manufacturing plant Thursday, June 26, 2014, in Katy. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

Video: Inside Weatherford’s new manufacturing center

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Weatherford International’s newest manufacturing center in the region was built at a cost of about $100 million and is expected to employ 335 people by the end of next year.
Former BP engineer Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in Houston in 2012. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Judge throws out conviction of ex-BP engineer

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A federal judge has thrown out the conviction of a former BP engineer who was convicted of deleting company text messages related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Chevron hired an investment banker to gauge buyer interest in its Hawaiian operations.
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Chevron making major land buy near Houston

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Chevron Corp. has signed an agreement to buy 103 acres of land in Katy, its latest effort to boost its Houston-area presence.
Anthony Badalamenti leaves Federal Court in New Orleans, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Halliburton manager from Katy sentenced in Gulf spill case

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A former Halliburton manager has been sentenced to one year of probation for destroying evidence after BP’s massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Former BP engineer Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in Houston in 2012. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

GUILTY: Ex-BP engineer convicted of destroying evidence after Gulf oil spill

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A former BP drilling engineer was convicted Wednesday of one charge that he deleted text messages from his cellphone to obstruct a federal investigation of the company’s massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He was acquitted of a second charge.
Carter L. Williams is counsel in the Houston office of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.

Guest commentary: BP engineer’s trial shows worst outcome of failure to preserve evidence

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The first criminal trial stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is about to conclude in the government’s obstruction case against former BP engineer Kurt Mix. With the jury set to decide Mix’ fate, his case is providing important lessons for all corporations.
Kurt Mix (center) arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.  (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Ex-BP engineer isn’t expected to testify at trial

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A former BP drilling engineer isn’t expected to testify at his trial on charges he deleted text messages about the company’s response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Former BP engineer Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in Houston in 2012. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Judge denies mistrial request in spill case

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A New Orleans judge ordered jurors to disregard some testimony, but declined to declare a mistrial in the case of a former BP drilling engineer from Katy who is accused of obstruction of justice in the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Former BP engineer Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in Houston in 2012. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Jury selection continues Tuesday in case against ex-BP engineer

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Jury selection began Monday for the Justice Department’s case against a former BP drilling engineer charged with deleting text messages and voicemails about the company’s response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Robert Christian, a field service technician, checks on mud samples in the lab at the Newpark Drilling Fluids new building, Thursday, July 11, 2013, in Katy. The company just moved into a new headquarters and lab in Katy, where equipment includes a new downhole drilling simulator, among other things. ( Karen Warren / Houston Chronicle )

New drilling labs deal with fluid situation

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Drilling fluids may not sound glamorous, but like hammers and nails at a construction site, it’s hard to get anything done at the wellhead without them.