Chron Energy Items: 04.08.08

A few of the energy related stories in the Houston Chronicle or on today:
ConocoPhillips to pay in pollution case: ConocoPhillips has agreed to pay a $1.2 million fine to resolve civil allegations that its Borger refinery in the Texas Panhandle violated federal limits for wastewater discharge hundreds of times from 1999 through 2006.
Kennedy asks agency for post-BP report: Sen. Edward Kennedy has asked the government agency that oversees worker safety to provide a detailed account of actions it has taken to address concerns raised by the deadly March 2005 explosion at BP’s Texas City refinery.
A natural gas ‘frenzy’ profits Pennsylvania: New York Times — At first, Raymond Gregoire did not want to listen to the raspy voice on his answering machine offering him money for rights to drill on his land. They want to ruin my land, he thought. But he called back anyway a week later to hear more.
‘Minor fire’ mars West Texas oil refinery’s reopening: Associated Press — The West Texas oil refinery closed by an explosion in February reopened at about half-capacity Monday, but part of the Alon USA Energy Inc. plant shut down again after a fire broke out in an asphalt tank.
Texas quake “probably occurred because of oil and gas extraction”: At a magnitude of 3.7 on the Richter scale, a quake Monday near San Antonio was a relative wimp. But it’s the largest event in Texas in more than a decade and made headlines around the country.
Digest: Plains to purchase Rainbow Pipeline.
Briefs: PetroFalcon Corp. to buy Anadarko’s Venezuelan reserves; Spectra Energy to sell senior unsecured notes.