It's finally happened. After months of reading the tea leaves, we have the first clear indication that all is not entirely well in the land of Big Oil in the form of the merger between Halliburton and Baker Hughes. There are lots of stories right now about the Houston-based companies -- the second ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Houston's fabled Irishman dies.
Pesky little complaints like pollution, flaming water and abandoned homes continue to cast doubt on the argument that drilling into shale will benefit all.
Hair Balls has lost car keys, wallets, cats, and once even a rare Monet, but we'd like to think that we'd never lose a "potentially lethal" radioactive rod. But that's exactly what some Halliburton truck drivers did in the desert around Odessa last week, according to news reports. The "seven-inch l ... More >>
What will the second half bring?
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 >>
More than 200 soldiers are suing KBR for knowingly exposing them to toxic chemicals in Iraq, whose effects started with nose bleeds and could end with cancer. KBR says that didn't happen. But even if it did, the company isn't responsible. Taxpayers are.
Photo by Mandy OaklanderA member of the Ministers Alliance on his way to a meeting at Denny's, in typical Alliance uniform.Yesterday, a Waco minister named Joseph Harrell pleaded guilty in a Missouri federal court to playing a key role in a nationwide securities scam. Harrell admitted sellin ... More >>
Houston's Todd Kelly sues Halliburton againWe'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 >>
The suit includes a graphic description of the rapeA Cedar Park woman has filed suit in federal court in Houston against Halliburton and KBR, alleging she was brutally raped while working for the company in Iraq last November.Mayo, 27, says she was raped by a KBR employee who is not named in the ... More >>
The Deepwater Horizon drilling platform, engulfed in flames.Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast GuardIt 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 >>
Awwwwwww...When we sat down to assess our most popular posts of the year, the result wasn't entirely unexpected -- a blend of the sublimely bizarre, the achingly silly and the shockingly outrageous news from the year. In short, the average American's news interests in a nutshell. Below are o ... More >>
Just when it looked as if the legal battle between former KBR contractor Tracy Barker and Halliburton, which used to own KBR, was about to come to a multi-million dollar conclusion, filings made today in the rape case seem to indicate there is still some ways to go until it is all over. More th ... More >>
We've written several items about Jamie Leigh Jones, the local woman who is suing KBR over a gang-rape she says happened while she was working for the company in Iraq.The company put up roadblocks to her attempts to resolve the situation and her claims of rampant sexual harassment in KBR camps, b ... 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 >>
The longest walk in the history of the Sole of Houston requires the longest piece. This being a blog and all, we have decided to break it up into three installments. Coming today, tomorrow and Thursday in this tale of 22-plus miles of concrete, mud, and fairly cold weather: The fending off a potent ... 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 >>
Ah, the Iraq War. Great opportunity to do bid-ness, Houston-style. It's all fun and games until the FBI gets involved, though. Houston-based EGL, also known as Eagle Global Logistics, has agreed to pay the federal government $750,000 to settle allegations that they bribed employees of KBR (Hallibu ... More >>
For the first time since a lawsuit was filed in 2005 against KBR and its parent company Halliburton, plaintiff lawyers will be allowed to take depositions from employees of the two corporations, according to Scott Allen, a Houston-based attorney representing a number of the plaintiffs. Allen says ... More >>
As I head out the door to Austin, I’m reminded of ACL Fest 2003, back when the world was young and people actually gave a shit about the Polyphonic Spree. I was living in Houston at the time, writing for the paper version of Houstoned, and I’d come across this bad-ass, bright red Halliburton T- ... More >>
The department of homeland security is doing its best to get its message across
One morning in March, the world's forces of globalization, migration and economic inequity collided in a split second on the balcony of a Best Western in the Texas Panhandle. There, bubbling away outside the doors of three motel rooms, was a line of Crock Pots. Beside one was a small, dark man squat ... More >>
This weekend Halliburton announced plans to move its corporate headquarters from Houston to Dubai. We here at HouStoned are unsure exactly which tack to pursue when covering this story. We could... a) wonder where the HPD mounted division is now going to find protestors to run over with its horse ... More >>
Houston really won't stay out of the national news. Sure, we've got W to thank for a lot of that, but there's also Halliburton, Enron, Anna Nicole, Lisa Nowak and Donnie Davies — in no order of importance. Now added to the list are Evander Holyfield and a Sugar Land company by the name of Cell ... More >>
The end of the year saw plenty of news roundups, where the biggest and most crotch-revealing stories of 2006 were recapped and ranked. But these retreads aren't enough for the folks at Project Censored, who've released the Top 25 Censored Stories of 2007. We're all for shining light on underrepor ... More >>
A home for a buck, with one catch
Celester Hall went to Afghanistan to help the troops and make his fortune. He came back deaf, in diapers and looking for benefits.
In Pasadena, it's those damn adults
HPD loses its cool at the Halliburton demonstration
Grafitti collective Aerosol Warfare cans the elections in its new show
Hundreds of Houstonians have signed up for wartime jobs with KBR. The hefty paychecks come with a scary, bloody price.
Warriors of the right take their battle against the left to the streets of New York
A real shake-up at HPD? We thought that was impossible
Super Bowl week turned out to be a slow one for HPD's vice squad
There's actual good news for CITGO's battling refinery union
Everyone's a front-runner in the race to land the Olympics
A lack of Bush means a lack of news in Houston
Houston oil companies maintain their profitable ties to Libya, in roundabout ways