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 >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttOnly 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 >>
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has issued its latest rankings of how businesses treat their gay and lesbian employees, and things look a little better than last year.The report gave 305 businesses a top score of 100 this year; that's an increase from last year's 260. Eleven of the top 20 Fo ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Photo by Craig HlavatyChicken Veronique at Bell Street CafeWhere: Bell Street Cafe, 800 Bell Street (under the Exxon Building) What $7 gets you: Surprisingly fresh and cheap food. Dining under the Exxon building, right next to the Houston Press building, means that you will be eating with a millio ... More >>
After reading about ExxonMobil's record $45.2 billion annual profit, Hair Balls was scratching our head over why Exxon had a profitable fourth quarter, when Conoco lost $31.8 billion. Does Exxon jack up the cost of Little Debbies at its stores or something?Fortunately, we caught Hoover's Oil & G ... More >>
Houston petroleum giant ConocoPhillips never realized just how much people loved their balls.Not "their balls" in the sense of the guts it takes to charge four bucks a gallon for gas (Am I right or am I right, people?!), but their balls as in the red, round "76" signs that dot their gas stations.Con ... More >>
BREAKING NEWS (MUST CREDIT HAIR BALLS!!!) -- The stock market is in trouble. We'd put up some links if anyone was bothering to cover what we, at least, think is an important story.One media outlet that is covering it is Forbes magazine. They've come out with a list of five companies that it might be ... More >>
The oil business ain't pretty
The department of homeland security is doing its best to get its message across
The Austin Lounge Lizards perform Saturday, January 6, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999.
An oil-field services employee from Texas is shot down on the streets of Nigeria, martyr to someone's cause
In Pasadena, it's those damn adults
HPD loses its cool at the Halliburton demonstration
Warriors of the right take their battle against the left to the streets of New York
There's actual good news for CITGO's battling refinery union
Plus: Porn Priorities?, House Woes, Sit on It
With billboards of windmills promising gentle, nonpolluting energy, Green Mountain offers Texans a new power avenue. Will they take it? Should they?
Service station dealers record a couple of victories in their court battles with parent oil companies
Threatened station dealers score big in wins against oil giants
Boiled by Oil, Try Gas Station Work, Rollin' with Ralph
Gas station dealers find big oil blocking the way in their struggles against extinction
Major gas companies are driving away independent station operators, all in the name of greed
What oil companies are doing to their dealers
Activists rally ExxonMobil for recognition of same-sex-partner benefits
Petrochemical plants and refineries are the lifeblood of Texas City's economy. But for Hester Joiner and her neighbors, all they've provided are foul odors, property damage and mysterious ailments.
OSHA spanks Exxon for safety lapses at its Baytown refinery
A tankful of trouble lingers for some Houston motorists
Downsizing, outsourcing, deferred maintenance ... It all makes for a volatile mix at Baytown's Exxon refinery.