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Energy Sector

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    Halliburton Totally Settling the BP Oil Spill

    Halliburton has managed to dodge some of the notoriety that has dogged British Petroleum in the wake of the massive BP oil spill (partly because it was called the BP oil spill and all) but the Houston-based company has still been all wrapped up in lawsuits. Some of those lawsuits may soon be resolve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Galveston Bay Oil Spill: A Lesson In a Series of Lessons

    Mark Twain's declaration that "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme" is an appropriate and memorable reminder in the wake of the March 24, Galveston Bay oil spill. It's one more prompt that environmental abuses, whether by negligence, human error, or political gain, need our attention no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    BP Back in Gulf Waters Thanks to the EPA

    Once upon a time (about four years ago) it seemed like British Petroleum's oil spilling sins in the Gulf of Mexico would never be forgiven. First the Deepwater Horizon became a fireball in the Gulf of Mexico. Then countless barrels of oil gushed from the ocean floor for weeks before the well was fi ... More >>

  • News

    October 3, 2013

    Desperate Act

    >Man douses self with liquid from a gas can in front of Exxon building.

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    Halliburton Destroys BP Oil Spill Evidence, Gets an Underwhelming $200k Fine (But That's Not the End of the Story)

    British Petroleum has been synonymous with the Gulf Coast Oil spill -- called the worst environmental disaster in American history by some -- since the Deepwater Horizon rig blew out on April 20, 2010, killing 11 and starting a leak that dumped almost 5 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    Chemical Safety Board May Tell OSHA, Obama Administration, Off, Officially

    We've all seen the video. We couldn't help watching it, how the flames were licking the sides of the building, the smoke was coming out in plumes. We watched it, knowing what was about to happen, but it still came as a surprise when the fireball erupted and the fertilizer plant in that small North T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    BP Just Wants To Be Loved (And To Not Pay For The Gulf Oil Spill)

    The folks over at British Petroleum want the world to know they feel real bad about that explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico back in 2010. Last week, the company even took out a nice-sized ad in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, saying as much. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    BP Rig Managers Take the "Whatever Happens in Vegas" Defense

    It's been awhile since the Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 men and kicked off the British Petroleum oil spill, sending barrels of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. Now it seems it's been long enough that the tragedy of it all has taken the track these tragedies always seem to take -- na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    After $100 Million, Exxon Backs Off Algae as Fuel

    Once upon a time -- way back in 2009 -- Exxon Mobil announced they were putting a whole bunch of money into algae. Yep, they were going to turn the goopy seaweed-type stuff you find in the ocean and washed up on the shore into a biofuel that would replace fossil fuels. And it still might happen, bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Exxon Shareholders Vote Overwhelmingly Against Environmental Accountability, Same-Sex Benefits

    A couple weeks ago, carbon dioxide within the Earth's atmospheric makeup exceeded, for the first time in human history, 400 parts per million. They've not been this high for the past 3 million years -- when sea levels were approximately 80 feet higher than they are now. And while no massive ice shel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    Workers at ExxonMobil's Massive Baytown Plant (Almost) Went On Strike over safety

    The folks over at Exxon Mobil's Baytown refinery were facing a possible Norma Rae situation last week when local United Steelworkers representatives threatened a strike if the Exxon people didn't put in the health and safety provisions they'd asked for in their contracts. Local USW rep Rich "Hoot" ... More >>

  • News

    January 3, 2013

    The Battle Against the Keystone Pipeline

    Environmentalists and landowners battle to stop the Keystone XL pipeline and its load of crude from flowing across Texas rivers and aquifers.

  • News

    September 27, 2012

    RIP, Larry Joe Miggins

    Houston's fabled Irishman dies.

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Deepwater Horizon: Asian Hotel Owners Decry Proposed BP Settlement

    Around 800 hotel owners have plans to descend on BP's headquarters along I-10 West today, condemning a recent proposed settlement between the embattled monolith and thousands of business owners because, apparently, they weren't invited to the get-lots-of-money-from-papa-BP party. A U.S. district j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Judge Samuel Kent WikiLeaked: Had Halliburton Conspiracy Theory About His Sex-Abuse Scandal

    Today, WikiLeaks released the first few hundred of what promise to be 5 million e-mails belonging to Austin-based global security think tank Stratfor. One concerns not one but two Houston-area shit magnets, one formerly high-powered and one still very much high-powered: Halliburton and disgraced f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Giant Duck Threatens To Bring ExxonMobil To Its Knees (w/Video)

    Photos and video by Monica FuentesDon't get this duck angry​If ExxonMobil collapses by the end of the day into bankruptcy, with company executives begging for forgiveness for their polluting ways, all the credit should go to a giant inflatable duck. The duck is being displayed across the stre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Eight Businesses We Expect Will Be Getting Custom Texas License Plates Soon

    ​We recently wrote about a new crop of Texas license plates with a variety of themes, most of them sports related. One of the designs, however, was for the Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain that isn't even based in the Lone Star State. We certainly understand the passion of a sports fan, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Exxon's New Giant Oil Find Could Meet World Needs For....A Couple of Months

    Fighting with the feds over who gets that sweet, sweet oil​The energy world is marveling today at news that ExxonMobil's recent discovery in the Gulf of Mexico could contain up to a billion barrels of oil. "The only thing that surprised the energy industry more than Exxon Mobil Corp.'s mammot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    BP? Maybe Not - Five Other Possible Summer Fest Sponsors

    Jermaine Rogers​Today is not only 4/20 and whatever the name for the Wednesday of Holy Week is - sorry, it's been a while since Rocks Off has been to church - it's the one-year anniversary of the BP blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. It's also the latest April Fool's Day in history, because earlie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    East Coast Oysters for $1 at The Oceanaire

    theibug.comGrab the Crystal hot sauce! ​Displayed prominently on the web header for The Oceanaire is a quote from Leonard Beck (who?), "To eat an oyster is to kiss the ocean on the lips," another sensual metaphor for a mollusk long believed to be a powerful aphrodisiac. The connection betwee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Halliburton Sued For Firing Pregnant Employee

    Houston's Todd Kelly sues Halliburton again​We've written a lot about lawsuits against Halliburton/KBR, mistly involving horrow stories coming from employees in Iraq. But the latest is from a Dallas woman, Lynda Darden, who is suing because, she says, the company fired her for getting pregnant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Sergio Corona: Owner Of Sea Shell Store Put In Fake $28K Claim Over Gulf Spill, Feds Say

    That's gotta be a coupla thousand bucks' worth right there​Sergio Corona sells sea shells down by the sea shore -- or so he'd have the federal government believe. Corona is the first person indicted in the Southern District of Texas for fraud in connection with the Deepwater Horizon spill. Pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Gulf Oil Spill: Too Early To Be Optimistic?

    Maybe some good news percolating?​It is too early to be overly optimistic, to answer the headline's question, but reports are starting to bubble up that the Gulf and its wetlands might just have gotten lucky with the BP spill.Lucky in that the results don't seem to be coming close to the worst-cas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    'Funeral for the Gulf' Endures Weak Turnout, But Message Is Still Made

    Photos by Chasen MarshallStrength in any numbers​A wise Hairballian philosopher once posed the question: If a demonstration happens in Downtown Houston and few come out to participate, does it still happen?In the instance on Thursday afternoon, the answer was yes. Though well intentioned, the "Fun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Local Oil Spill 'Action Group' To Host Mock Funeral At City Hall

    orcoo.orgCome equipped​It took nearly three months to stop oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. By the time the well was "capped," it is estimated that over 4.9 million barrels of crude oil flowed into the ocean, killing marine life and destroying ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Tourists, Tar Balls and Tort: Galveston and Deepwater Horizon

    www.galveston.com​Before his visit to Texas President Obama hosted a cookout for family and friends on the South Lawn. On the menu: andouille sausage, crawfish and shrimp, all fresh from the Gulf Coast. He told press in a statement, "Americans can confidently and safely enjoy Gulf seafood once ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    BP Defending Itself On Yet Another Pollution Front

    Still playing defense​During this economic recovery, we bet one place is hiring: the BP legal department.Not only is the company struggling to defend a crush of lawsuits connected to the oil spill in the Gulf, but now it has to deal with a $10 billion lawsuit for allegedly making thousands of peop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    BP Oil Spill: Tunes For Turtles This Weekend

    Onward through the oil​Since the BP oil spill began 8,427 days ago, we've heard about how the catastrophe has endangered the welfare of birds, fishermen, tourist shops, and at least one British dickhead CEO, but there hasn't been much said about our society's most vulnerable -- Gulf Coas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    BP: 11 Songs We Found On The Executive iPod

    annamatic3000 via Flickr​British Petroleum (BP) officials announced Thursday that they had successfully capped the largest and most devastating oil spill in U.S. history. You know, a mere 85 days, 11 casualties, 184 million gallons and thousands of dead or oil-covered animals later. A tense 4 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Pictured: Lindsay Lohan's jail cell.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where your potato cannon is no match for our pumpkin bazooka. We started the week out by trying some delicious menudo, which is made from tripe. If you're wondering which part of the cow tripe com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    No Lady Gaga: Celebrities We Wish Had Sex Dolls Made Of Them

    He's no Johnny Depp​Yesterday on the Rocks Off blog we unveiled the Lady Gaga sex doll, Lady Gag Gag. Comments were mixed on the doll, ranging from utter confusion and strange attraction from both sexes. One commenter claimed that the model on the box was even more attractive than the real G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    Joe Barton: Houston Is Getting Blamed For Him?

    Not one of ours​Look, Houston has enough troubles with this oil-spill thing: BP has its American office here, everyone automatically defaults to thinking of us as pollution-happy, regulation-ignoring money-grubbers, and, you know, we are home to a whole lot of energy companies who probably just as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Brent Burns: The Gulf Oil Spill Has Found Its Truth-Telling Troubador

    The BP oil spill produces its Dylan​The BP oil spill has found its Dylan. Its Phil Ochs. Its Weird Al Yankovic.Brent Burns has bequeathed upon a grateful nation is epic howl of protest, a trenchant, touching song called "If You Drill, Drill, Drill, Don't Spill, Spill, Spill." Lyrics not by Stephen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    BP Spill: Good News For Texas, Bad News For East Coast?

    If there's anywhere that the majority of Americans are wishing the Deepwater Horizon oil would go to, it's probably Texas, the U.S. home of BP.BP's in Houston? Send that oil to Galveston beaches and see how they like it!!It looks, though, like that won't happen. Here's one simulation from the Univer ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 3, 2010

    Corporate Takeover

    The Yes Men take on companies using their own tools.

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Maybe The Gulf Oil Spill Isn't All Bad

    ​What a difference a three-day weekend makes. Okay, not really. The Gulf oil spill is still out of control, with BP attempting another half-assed Hail Mary this week and the relief wells that promise the best chance at diminishing the catastrophe still two months off. Depending on who you ask, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    Gulf Oil Spill: Stop Worrying, Industry Says In Galveston

    These things happen...​Boy, you've really gotta hand it to the oil & gas industry folks. I mean, after all, we're just shy of 40 days since the start of BP's crude ooze in the Gulf, and already a consortium of energy elites has launched a propaganda blitz via America's WETLAND Foundation.And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Chevron Protests Result In Arrests Downtown

    Photo by Liana Lopez Carted away in comfort​ At least four protesters were arrested this morning at a demonstration outside a Chevron shareholders' meeting downtown. The protesters moved past temporary police barricades and sat on the ground after they were refused entrance into the buildin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    The 5 Best Satirical Twitter Accounts

    ​Probably the only good thing to come out of the Gulf oil disaster (other than the Uncle John's Bathroom Reader-style discovery that dog hair is super absorbent) is @BPGlobalPR.Satirical Twitter accounts -- created by anonymous users to mock and skewer public figures or celebrities -- have been ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Apologies if today's column seems a bit... cheesy. GET THEE TO A PUNNERY!​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we're using our leftover pizza grease to lube up our Slip 'N' Slide. We started this busy week off with some tips on topping your ice cream with various ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    Pappas Files Lawsuit Against BP and Halliburton

    The Deepwater Horizon drilling platform, engulfed in flames.Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard​It was only a matter of time before the Gulf fishing industry -- whose entire livelihood has been threatened by the Gulf oil leak -- struck back at the organizations responsible for causing the m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Sierra Club Takes Its Oil-Spill Act To The Offshore Technology Conference

    Photograph courtesy US NavyA hunka, hunka burnin' Gulf​Dressed in a black business suit with a fake BP badge on the lapel, Sierra Club spokeswoman Donna Hoffman pretended to be a BP company exec giving a press conference after an oil spill."I want to reassure everyone that the oil spill, outside o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Oil Spill Central: Right Here In Houston!!

    Gushing oil is not always a good thing, Houston companies find​Louisiana, not Texas, will be feeling the effects of the massive oil spill in the Gulf -- unless you count the indirect fallout, and in that case we are Oil Spill Central.Lawsuits are already being filed in regards to the explosion and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    Exxon Leads The Environmental Fight By Suing The U.S. Over Winning World War II

    ​If there's one company out there that won't put up with illegal oil dumping, it's Exxon. These guys are hawks about pollution, and they will sue whoever the hell they need to in order to bring evildoers to justice.So they're suing the United States, which blithely went ignored all sorts of Enviro ... More >>

  • News

    March 25, 2010

    Welcome to Arizona

    Judge who helped BP went on junket party on their tab.

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Chevron Kicks Out Activists From Its Marathon Expo

    ​A group of marathon runners were kicked out and banned from the Chevron Marathon Expo for displaying material that was critical of the oil company, but one of the runners tells Hair Balls that the group is continuing as planned. "We are still going to, at least try to, run the race on Sunday. We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Gas Station Sushi

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​Only a few short days after Eating Our Words' body revolted violently against some inadvisedly consumed cheese enchiladas that had been on a steam table for far too long, as it turns out, we decided to show our stomach who's boss. Take back the night! And what bett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Sunoco -- Doing Whatever It Takes In La Porte

    ​We have little understanding of how a local chemical manufacturing plant can flaunt state environmental regulations for an entire year and not get called on the carpet for it until nearly two years later, but that describes the goings-on at the Sunoco, Inc., plant in La Porte.At its facility jus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    ExxonMobil Fined $600,000; We Think They Can Come Up With It

    ​Let's be honest.There aren't a lot of "bad days" for a global petrochemical company that made a record $45.2 billion profit last year, so we'll just say ExxonMobil had a less than stellar day on Wednesday when state regulators penalized it more than $600,000 for environmental crimes.ExxonMobil's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Halliburton Corruption: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

    ​Earlier this year, Halliburton agreed to pay nearly $560 million in fines to the federal government to end an investigation into its former subsidiary, KBR, and its involvement in bribing Nigerian officials to get construction contracts. It was reportedly the largest fine ever paid by a U.S. comp ... More >>

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