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Just last week, I had an opportunity to attend Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Digital Energy conference for the oil and gas industry. The conference took place in Woodlands, TX and drew good crowd including giants like BP, Chevron, Shell, as well as Baker Hughes, Haliburton, and many others. The conference ran almost a week that included keynotes from the industry speakers as well as technical sessions aimed at solving specific problems. It was good to see niche industry vendors as well as f

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At the one year anniversary of the Macondo incident, BP has sued Transocean, Halliburton, Anadarko, Mitsui, and Cameron International, inventor of the blowout preventer (BOP).  Transocean has submitted a counter-suit.   At the same time, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement issued a permit to Chevron to return to drilling its deepwater well in the Gulf of Mexico.  Increased regulation and new resources tasked with enforcement have already had oil and gas comp

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A recent New York Times article asked the question "Can We Do Without the Mideast?"  It mentioned rising gasoline prices in the U.S., due partially to political unrest in the Mideast and North Africa, and how politicians going back at least to the 1973-74 Arab oil embargo have asked the same question.  It quoted President Obama as saying “We cannot keep going from shock when gas prices go up to trance when gas prices go back down. We can’t rush to propose action when prices are high, t

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