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A boom is used to protect marshland in Terrebonne Parish on the Louisiana coast after the Gulf oil spill in 2010. Photo: Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle

Appeals court weighs new Gulf drilling plans

A coalition of green groups told the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that federal regulators merely “rubber-stamped” Shell’s plans to drill the wells in the same canyon where the blowout of BP’s Macondo well triggered an explosion that killed 11 rig workers.  More »

Exhibit space is a place to make deals, check out new technology

Amid the whirlwind of hulking equipment, double-decker booths and massive video displays on the Offshore Technology Conference exhibition floor, there are many attendees with serious business in mind.  More »
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OTC: Company focuses on getting crews to offshore fields

The Offshore Technology Conference is all about the hardware, and it’s assumed that if companies deploy the technology, workers will be there to use it.  More »
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Twitter, Facebook are still flooded with OTC chatter

Twitter, Facebook are still flooded with OTC chatter.  More »

Some career tips for women from Rice Energy Forum head Amy Jaffe

Rice University energy expert Amy Myers Jaffe shared some career tips at an OTC session called Women in the Industry Sharing Experiences.  More »
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Unrelenting demand for oil and gas employees

The oil and gas industry has created about 100,000 new jobs during the past two years, and the industry is working hard to attract the next generation of workers, according to John Modine, director of Global Industry Services at the American Petroleum Institute.  More »

Sixel: “Passive” job candidates

In a tight labor market, smart companies are always on the lookout for passive job candidates. Those are the folks who are happy where they are and not really thinking about a new job. But they’re also savvy enough to pay attention when someone mentions they’ve got opportunities.  More »
FMC members set up their displays on Friday, April 29, 2011 as they ready for the start of the Offshore Technology Conference at Reliant Park in Houston. (Photo: Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle)

Offshore Technology Conference photos

Photos from the massive convention at Reliant Park in Houston.  More »

Career skills offer perks with future benefits

Raises are good and so are bonuses. But one way companies are trying to hold on to their employees is by offering leadership training for their up-and-coming engineers, project managers and computer scientists.  More »
A polar bear in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (AP file photo/Subhankar Banerjee)

Ice roads and polar bears among challenges offshore Alaska

Ice roads over frozen swaths of ocean aren’t typically a part of offshore drilling operations. In Alaska, they are.  More »

Trash talk at the OTC

Before I actually walked the unbelievably massive exhibit hall at Reliant Center for the Offshore Technology Conference, I didn’t understand why the event is such big draw for professional pole swingers (aka strippers) and working girls from all over the world.  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 )

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 »