Chron Energy Items: 03.13.08

A few of the energy related stories in the Houston Chronicle or on :
House committee opens probe into BP blast plea deal: A congressional committee is investigating the government’s proposed criminal plea deal with BP stemming from the deadly 2005 Texas City refinery explosion, questioning whether the deal would protect workers or deter future misconduct.
EPA’s smog rules to get stiffer: Houston’s ever-elusive goal of satisfying clean-air standards became even more difficult to achieve after the federal government announced a new, tougher limit on smog Wednesday.
ConocoPhillips lowers its long-term production rate: Associated Press — Oil major ConocoPhillips on Wednesday lowered its long-term production growth rate to 2 percent from a previous forecast of 3 percent, saying the company’s goal was value, not volume.
Forums can help Enron shareholders: Enron shareholders eligible for a cut of a $7.2 billion class-action lawsuit settlement can get help filling out required forms and answers to questions at two meetings scheduled this month in Houston.
Russia, Ukraine end natural gas standoff: Associated Press — Russia’s state-controlled natural gas monopoly and Ukraine today announced an agreement on gas deliveries for the rest of the year, apparently putting an end to a dispute that had been watched nervously in Western Europe.