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U.S.  Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, speaks during the 2012 Offshore Technology Conference at Wednesday, May 2, 2012, in Houston. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

OTC: Texas Congressman serves political tripe for breakfast

Rep. Bill Flores’ breakfast discussion at the Offshore Technology Conference was supposed to be about U.S. energy policy: “realities, fantasy and rhetoric.” But the only item on the menu seemed to be rhetoric.  More »

OTC winner: The Claw can rescue submerged topsides from ocean floor

When Chevron asked Versabar Inc. to create a technology that would help reduce the reliance on human divers in decommissioning and salvage work on underwater topside rigs, the company quickly got a grasp on the situation — a very large grasp.  More »

Statoil sponsors first major event at Dynamo’s new home

Long before Statoil wowed their Offshore Technology Conference guests with a breathtaking laser display, BBVA Compass Stadium turned quite a few heads as well Tuesday night at the first major event at the Dynamo’s new home.  More »

Recruiters, job seekers meet on OTC exhibit floor

Kyle Harris is looking for a job. He is about to graduate from Texas A&M University in Galveston with a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering, and he spent Tuesday walking the floor at the Offshore Technology Conference talking to exhibitors about openings.  More »
U.S.  Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, speaks during the 2012 Offshore Technology Conference at Wednesday, May 2, 2012, in Houston. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

Follow live as Rep. Bill Flores talks at OTC

Follow live as Rep. Bill Flores talks at OTC.  More »

Q&A: Noble Energy executive on independents and major offshore projects

Keith Elliott oversees strategies and objectives for Noble Energy’s major projects. He joined the independent producer in 2009 after 25 years with BP Exploration.  More »

OTC: Energy economics captured L&M Radiator’s attention

Alex Chisholm remembers the first time his company got a booth at the Offshore Technology conference. It was the mid-1980s, and L&M Radiator was still primarily supplying cooling systems for mining trucks.  More »
Former U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu

Promising tests prompt DOE project on methane trapped in ice

On the heels of promising research earlier this year, the Energy Department plans to spend $6.5 million to research methods for releasing methane locked in ice crystals in Alaska.  More »
James Watson, director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, speaks at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. (The Houston Chronicle)

OTC speakers: Energy demand pushes tech breakthroughs

Satisfying the world’s surging demand for energy will require rapid developments in subsea and remote technologies for the oil and gas industry, as it ventures into deeper waters farther from shore, speakers at the Offshore Technology Conference said Tuesday.  More »
Michael Bromwich BOEMRE director

Bromwich: Achieving a safe future

There is a broad spectrum of views on the extent of the progress that has been made to date, but everyone agrees that much remains to be done to reduce the risks of offshore drilling.  More »
(AP Photo/US Coast Guard, File)

BP spill trial shouldn’t be delayed by accord, U.S. tells judge

The U.S. government said the trial over fault for the 2010 BP Plc (BP/) Gulf of Mexico oil spill shouldn’t be delayed until after a proposed November hearing on a settlement of most private-party claims.  More »

Really big is pretty small at OTC

At the Offshore Technology Conference, some of the biggest tools in the industry are the smallest on display.  More »

Poll: What’s the biggest promise in offshore drilling?

The Offshore Technology Conference showcases technologies use by companies to drill and produce oil and natural gas offshore.  More »

See who is roaming the halls of OTC

You’ve surely missed something in the 641,000 square feet of exhibit space at the Offshore Technology Conference.  More »

At one OTC booth, this artist is a real draw

Exhibitors at the Offshore Technology Conference at Houston have all sorts of gimmicks for luring potential customers to their booths, including contests and scantily clad models. Now you can add magicians and caricature artists to the list.  More »