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Village High School junior Elise Renard, 17, performs a porosity experiment during a student event at the Offshore Technology Conference at Reliant Center in Houston on May 5, 2011. (Photo: Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle)

High school students are ready to roam OTC

About 200 area high school students have come to the Offshore Technology Conference to learn more about the variety of career opportunities in the energy industry.  More »

Chancellor says UH could fuel energy industry

University of Houston President Renu Khator said the university could fuel the future of the industry with its $110 million expansion of its Energy Research Park and energy curriculum.  More »

The differences between men of OTC

Men are men. But with more than 100 countries represented at the OTC, the differences between men can come down to the shoes, hair or even eye wear.  More »
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Former BP engineer Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in April.  (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Ex-BP engineer from Katy in court in New Orleans

A former BP drilling engineer from Katy, Texas, was expected in court today over charges he deleted text messages that indicated the company’s blown-out Gulf of Mexico well was spewing far more crude than BP was telling the public.  More »
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Texas gas prices sink another 6 cents

Texas retail gasoline prices have dropped another 6 cents this week to settle at an average of $3.68 per gallon.  More »

Wages are rising for some energy jobs, expert says

With hundreds of jobs to fill, companies have brought in teams of recruiters to the Offshore Technology Conference, set up electronic kiosks and made it easy to conduct on-site interviews.  More »
Charlie Williams, who heads the new Center for Offshore Safety, is chief scientist for well engineering and production technology for Shell worldwide. (Photo: Shell Oil Co.)

Training, standards, culture cited as key to safety

Charlie Williams, who heads the oil and gas industry’s new Center for Offshore Safety, talked about his plans.  More »

OTC winner: New test chamber can simulate water depths up to 9,800 ft

ShawCor has just completed the industry’s largest deepwater test chamber capable of simulating extreme depths and temperatures.  More »
The sun shines over a Range Resources well site in Washington, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Baker Hughes exec: The end of easy technology

The energy industry is entering a period of great challenge and change.  More »
Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan (Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

OTC adds some politics to the technical conversation

Trade show talk shifted to politics at the Offshore Technology Conference on Wednesday, as energy industry leaders and a Republican congressional ally complained that administration regulatory policies are thwarting domestic energy development.  More »

Sixel: Keeping up with your new contacts

Keeping up with the people you meet at a trade show is just important than meeting them. But coming back to the office with a pocketful of business cards isn’t enough.  More »
Houston's Laura and John Arnold. (Photo: Bill Olive for the Houston Chronicle)

Houston billionaire trader John Arnold retiring at 38

Houston hedge fund manager John Arnold, a major force behind Enron’s once-mighty energy trading operation and one of the city’s richest men, has decided to retire — at 38.  More »