Chron Energy Items: 01.31.08

Energy related stories from today’s Houston Chronicle or on
BP blast survivors line up to speak: Several victims of the deadly 2005 blast at BP’s Texas City refinery aim to share their views with a federal judge who is considering approval of the company’s proposed plea deal to resolve a criminal probe into the disaster, their lawyers said.
Judges feel out delicacy of KBR/Iraq suits: A federal appeals panel, meeting behind closed doors Wednesday, heard arguments over whether three cases involving KBR contractors injured or killed in Iraq should be revived and go before juries.
Bill would redirect oil flowing to reserve: Hoping to steer $1 billion in government revenue toward energy research, two Texas Democrats have introduced a bill that would block the Bush administration from adding oil to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
As Calpine emerges from bankruptcy, shareholder protests: Calpine Corp.’s emergence from bankruptcy protection in the coming days will end a tough chapter in the history of Texas’ No. 3 power producer, but don’t expect applause from shareholder Robert Strouse.
Shortage of additive may cause gas price spike: Associated Press — Get ready for another surge in gasoline prices.
Offshore demand pumps Cameron profits up 30 percent: Bloomberg News — Cameron International, the second-largest U.S. maker of oilfield equipment by market value, said fourth-quarter earnings rose 30 percent as increased demand for offshore production tools widened profit margins.