Chron Energy Items: 02.08.08

A few of the energy related stories in the Houston Chronicle or on
Three former El Paso traders found guilty of fraud: A federal jury today found three former El Paso Corp. natural gas traders guilty of conspiracy and some charges of wire fraud and false price reporting.
Federal investigators to probe latest BP blast: A probe began several days after William Joseph Gracia’s Jan. 14 death at BP’s Texas City refinery.
Exxon Mobil wins freeze on $12 billion In Venezuela assets: Dow Jones Newswires/AP — Exxon Mobil Corp. has secured court orders to freeze more than $12 billion in worldwide assets of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, as it prepares to dispute the nationalization of a multibillion dollar oil project.
EOG Resources’ profit rises: Bloomberg News — EOG Resources, the natural gas producer born out of Enron Corp., said fourth-quarter profit rose 49 percent after prices for the heating and power-plant fuel increased.
Diamond Offshore profts dip on reduced Gulf activity: Bloomberg News — Diamond Offshore Drilling, the operator of the world’s second-largest fleet of deepwater rigs, said fourth-quarter profit fell 25 percent on one-time tax costs and reduced drilling in shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico.