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James Watson, director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, speaks at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. (The Houston Chronicle)

Feds will move faster to update safety equipment rules

The Obama administration will get on a faster track in imposing new rules that aim to boost the reliability of crucial emergency equipment used at offshore oil and gas wells, a top federal regulator is set to announce Tuesday at the Offshore Technology Conference.  More »
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ConocoPhillips split becomes official as company ‘shrinks to grow’

Global oil giant ConocoPhillips splits into two smaller energy companies Tuesday, abandoning the super-major model that its retiring leader helped engineer a decade ago.  More »
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Sixel: Using LinkedIn to background people

You probably can’t meet everybody you’d like at the OTC. So how do you find the dozen or so vendors, experts or potential employers who would be the most important to make an introduction?  More »
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Lance: ConocoPhillips pursues deepwater potential as independent E&P

This is a special week for ConocoPhillips. We reached an important milestone in the company’s history with our formal emergence as a leading independent energy company exclusively focused on global exploration and production – even as we congratulate The Offshore Technology Conference on its 44 years of invaluable contributions to our industry.  More »
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., discusses offshore drilling with James Watson, the director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. (Photo courtesy Vitter's office)

Regulator’s philosophy: Safety at all levels all the time

Retired Coast Guard Rear Adm. James Watson became director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement last year, taking over the job from Michael Bromwich.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Drillers may frack first, disclose later under draft plan

Natural-gas companies drilling on U.S. land would be permitted to wait until after hydraulic fracturing is completed to disclose what chemicals they used, under a draft rule being considered by the U.S. Interior Department.  More »
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Anadarko fights ailing preacher in $25 billion EPA toxic lawsuit

Reverend Steven Jamison recalls the February day 13 years ago when he was digging ditches to replace culverts at his Maranatha Faith Center in Columbus, Mississippi. As he switched from a shovel to an excavator, an oily black substance began to fill the trench. It smelled like turpentine, and the deeper he dug, the more he saw, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its June issue.  More »
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Oil hovers below $105 in light May Day trading

Oil prices hovered below $105 a barrel today in Asia for a second day amid light trading volume because of the May Day holiday.  More »
Shell's new Perdido oil and natural gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico.  ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Deeper conversation draws attention at OTC

For years the offshore industry’s pursuit of oil has pushed drillers farther into the deep, bringing heavy machinery and remote-operated vehicles into some of the most alien reaches of the globe.  More »
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Attendee says OTC is about networking, client building

Gagan Sinha of Viga Trade Solutions talked to The Chronicle about attending OTC. Edited excerpts follow:  More »
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Brazil will funnel $400 billion into oil and gas activity

Magda Chambriard, Brazil’s chief oil regulator, said investing in the development of the nation’s deepwater oil will boost the economy.  More »
Anadarko headquarters in  The Woodlands.

Anadarko net income climbs on oil prices, Algeria settlement

The company announced on March 9 it had reached an Algerian tax settlement that would increase revenue by $1.8 billion over 12 months.  More »
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Delta buys a refinery in bid to cut its fuel bill

Delta estimates the deal will cut its fuel bill by $300 million a year.  More »
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Wind could power offshore platforms

Wind power could be an economic solution for fueling offshore oil and gas platforms. At least, it’s an idea being batted around for rigs in Norway.  More »
Easy listening? The trick is turning safety discussions into practice (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

Talk of safety is everywhere, but will it translate into practice?

Safety – or at least the talk of it – seems to be everywhere at the Offshore Technology Conference.  More »