Chron Energy Items: 1.25.08

A few of the energy related items in the Houston Chronicle or on
Houston’s Allis-Chalmers Energy to acquire Bronco Drilling: Allis-Chalmers Energy, a provider of services and equipment to oil and gas exploration companies, has agreed to acquire Bronco Drilling in a cash and stock deal worth $438 million, the companies said today.
Noble feels no rush to merge, CEO says: Noble Corp. will consider expanding through mergers, asset purchases and other ways, but feels no pressure to act and can compete well at its current size, the offshore driller’s new chief executive said today.
Moneymakers: Five questions with MegaWest’s George Stapleton: It’s not Saudi Arabia. But there is oil in Kansas. In Montana and Missouri, too.
Briefs: Cooper Industries posts higher profit, Apache has Egypt, Australia finds, El Paso ups projections.
Enron successor seeks $9.15 million for payment snafu: What’s left of Enron is asking a federal judge to extract $9.15 million from the human resources firm that botched the first wave of lawsuit settlement payments to former Enron employees.