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Steffy: Energy industry thin skinned

The Offshore Technology Conference is like a big choir with a rotating roster of preachers. Few sour notes are heard.  More »

OTC wraps up after drawing largest crowd in 30 years

Offshore Technology Conference attendees came, they displayed, and at 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon, they packed up and went home.  More »

OTC event gives high schoolers a look at the industry

The group of 25 or so high school students stopped to examine a model of a jack-up rig at the Cameron booth at the Offshore Technology Conference.  More »
Fire boat response crews spray water on the blazing remnants of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (AP Photo/US Coast Guard, File)

Judge pushes civil trial over BP spill into 2013

The Justice Department wanted the trial to start this summer, but BP asked the judge to wait until after he decides whether to give his final approval to the settlement agreement.  More »
Former BP engineer Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in April.  (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Ex-BP engineer pleads not guilty in spill probe

Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Pickens said Kurt Mix of Katy applied for a green card to Canada as recently as March and planned to travel to Australia “never to return.”  More »
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OTC Guide to Houston’s restaurants and entertainment

Looking for ways to spend your free time during the OTC? Here are guides to some of Houston’s best restaurants, bars, clubs and sites, plus trails for running, which you’ll need to do to work off all those margaritas.  More »
The Eirik Raude semi-submersible rig operates on the Jubilee Field offshore Ghana. (Photo: Tullow Oil)

Guest Column: The regulatory cloud over the offshore service industry

Regulation has come to the offshore service industry, yet virtually all of the visitors and exhibiting companies at the OTC remain unware of this dramatic change to their industry.  More »

ROV intrigues as OTC winds down

As the exhibition at the Offshore Technology Conference came to a close, a massive subsea device with cameras and robotic arms was still commanding an audience on Thursday afternoon.  More »

OTC attendance tops 89K, third-highest in event’s history

A staggering 89,400 people attended the Offshore Technology Conference at Reliant Stadium, illustrating the rapid growth in domestic oil and gas production and enthusiasm for future development and products.  More »

Gazprom executive taps OTC to share ideas

Evgeny Yadryshnikov of Gazprom International talked about attending the conference. Edited excerpts follow.  More »

OTC: A more balanced view on climate change

It’s Thursday afternoon, the final hours of the Offshore Technology Conference, and it’s in these waning hours when some of the more interesting and diverse presentations emerge.  More »

Survival Systems draws a crowd without the gimmicks

Attracting attention at OTC isn’t too difficult when you have a 22,000-pound, bright-orange emergency survival capsule sitting in the center of your booth.  More »