Chron Energy Items: 1.10.08

Some of the energy stories in today’s Houston Chronicle.
Study doubts ports’ security: The Coast Guard lacks the resources to meet its own security standards to protect against terrorist assaults at American ports, even as the nation is to dramatically expand imports of liquefied natural gas, the Government Accountability Office has found.
Brokerage fine first of its kind: Industry regulators have fined a subsidiary of Houston-based Sanders Morris Harris Group $450,000 for failing to sufficiently monitor payments made to an outside hedge-fund manager.
Wackenhut chief gone following sleeping-guard scandal: The CEO of Wackenhut Corp., which recently lost its job protecting 10 nuclear power plants after guards at one plant were caught napping, has left the company.
Briefs: Sempra plans Port Arthur site, GE invests in Austin wind power project.
Exxon begins production from massive Angolan project: Exxon Mobil Corp. has begun oil production from a multibillion-dollar project off the west African coast.