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Oct 28, 2010

Halliburton cement job played role in BP Macondo blowout: panel

HOUSTON (Reuters) – The foam cement that Halliburton Co. used to seal BP Plc’s doomed Macondo well was unstable and may have contributed to the blowout that led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, a presidential commission said on Thursday.

Both Halliburton and BP were aware of flaws in the cement mixture used to seal the well as early as March 8, weeks before the blowout occurred on April 20, according to the National Oil Spill Commission’s chief counsel, Fred Bartlit.

Oct 28, 2010

Cement job played role in BP Macondo blowout-panel

HOUSTON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – The foam cement that
Halliburton Co. (HAL.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) used to seal BP Plc’s (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) (BP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
doomed Macondo well was unstable and may have contributed to
the blowout that led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S.
history, a presidential commission said on Thursday.

Both Halliburton and BP were aware of flaws in the cement
mixture used to seal the well as early as March 8, weeks before
the blowout occurred on April 20, according to the National Oil
Spill Commission’s chief counsel, Fred Bartlit.

Oct 11, 2010

Army tribunal to consider trial in Fort Hood mass killing

HOUSTON (Reuters) – A U.S. military tribunal meets on Tuesday to decide if a Muslim Army major will stand trial for a killing spree at a Texas base last year that raised concern over the threat of “home grown” terrorist attacks.

The accused, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, was expected to appear at his hearing in a wheelchair. He was left paralyzed by bullet wounds inflicted during the November 5, 2009, shooting at the Fort Hood Army base that killed 13 people.

Oct 11, 2010

Army tribunal to consider mass killing at U.S. base

HOUSTON (Reuters) – A U.S. military tribunal meets on Tuesday to decide if a Muslim Army major will stand trial for a killing spree at a Texas base last year that raised concern over the threat of “home grown” terrorist attacks.

The accused, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, was expected to appear at his hearing in a wheelchair. He was left paralyzed by bullet wounds inflicted during the November 5, 2009, shooting at the Fort Hood Army base that killed 13 people.

Oct 10, 2010

In Big Oil Texas, Democrat looks to sun and wind

HOUSTON (Reuters) – As a former oil entrepreneur, Bill White is by no means a foe of Big Oil, the engine at the heart of the Texas economy.

But if the Democrat wins the state governor’s race next month, he will be spending lots of time working with two other resources in abundance in Texas — sun and wind — and trying to make the whole state much more energy efficient.

Sep 21, 2010

U.S. government: No sign of undersea plume from BP spill

HOUSTON (Reuters) – The government is unable to confirm reports of a miles-long plume of oil lurking beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico from BP Plc’s giant oil spill, a government scientist said on Tuesday.

The government confirmed on Sunday that BP had permanently “killed” its deep-sea well that ruptured in April and unleashed the worst spill in U.S. history.

Sep 21, 2010

U.S. govt: No sign of undersea plume from BP spill

HOUSTON, Sept 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. government is unable
to confirm reports of a miles-long plume of oil lurking beneath
the surface of the Gulf of Mexico from BP Plc’s (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) (BP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
giant oil spill, a government scientist said on Tuesday.

The government confirmed on Sunday that BP had permanently
“killed” its deep-sea well that ruptured in April and unleashed
the worst spill in U.S. history.

Sep 19, 2010

Q+A: BP’s Gulf of Mexico well is plugged. Now what?

HOUSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government confirmed on Sunday that BP Plc has succeeded in permanently plugged its runaway Macondo well, closing the first chapter in the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

Here are some questions and answers on how things might play out for BP, the U.S. offshore industry and the Gulf’s fragile ecosystem.

Sep 17, 2010

Q+A-What’s next after BP’s Gulf of Mexico well is plugged?

HOUSTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – BP Plc (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) (BP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said it
expects to permanently plug its runaway Macondo well on
Saturday, closing the first chapter in the worst oil spill in
U.S. history [ID:nN17187116].

Here are some questions and answers on how things might
play out for BP, the U.S. offshore industry and the Gulf’s
fragile ecosystem.

Aug 24, 2010

Rig official cites ‘confusion’ over well key test

HOUSTON, Aug 24 (Reuters) – There was “confusion” over the
results of a key pressure test of the Macondo well hours before
the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in April, a senior rig
official told federal investigators on Tuesday.

Swiss-based Transocean Ltd.’s RIGN.S(RIG.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) rig was
drilling a well a mile (1.6 km) beneath the Gulf under contract
for London-based BP Plc (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)(BP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) when it caught fire on
April 20 and sank two days later, killing 11 crewmen and
sparking the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

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      "Chris has been a journalist for Reuters since 2001, when he joined the Washington DC bureau as a summer intern. As a correspondent in Washington, Chris covered energy policy, reported on Congress, the Supreme Court and federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency. As Houston Bureau Chief, Chris oversees a team of five reporters and covers general news topics like the BP oil spill, hurricanes, NASA, and national politics. In addition, Chris oversees a team of Power and Gas reporters in New York and Houston."
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