February 6, 2013 |
When colleagues want to conduct business with Sally Jewell , they have a better chance getting her to schedule a lengthy hike than a coffee date. President Obama's unconventional pick to lead the Interior Department — a former oil engineer and commercial banker who heads the consumer co-op Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) — represents an effort by the administration to defuse the partisan fight over conservation and energy. Jewell, who lacks the political experience of previous interior...
October 19, 2008 |
George M. Keller, 84, who, as head of Standard Oil of California, made business history in 1984 by taking over another huge oil company in an unprecedented $13 billion buyout that he characterized as a "bet-your-company deal," died Oct. 17 in California. He died at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto of complications of knee surgery. He lived in San Mateo, Calif. After being trained as a chemical engineer and rising through the ranks of Standard Oil of California (Socal)
July 26, 2013 |
George P. Mitchell, the Texas billionaire who pioneered shale-drilling techniques that triggered a renaissance in North American oil and natural gas production, died July 26 in Galveston, Tex. He was 94. Mr. Mitchell's family announced his death on the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation Web site but did not disclose the cause. Mr. Mitchell's innovative use of horizontal wells and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the 1990s to release gas from a previously-impermeable rock formation near Fort...
March 16, 2013 |
Libya's oil and gas sector, long the lifeblood of this desert nation, has made a surprising recovery since the country's bloody 2011 revolution. Thanks to concerted efforts by the national oil company — and those of major foreign firms that have retained a leading role in Libya's oil fields for decades — the country's oil production has climbed back to 1.4 million barrels a day in recent months, according to the International Energy Agency...
September 12, 2008 |
BAGHDAD, Sept. 11 -- The Iraqi government has decided to scrap plans to award no-bid short-term advisory and technical support contracts to a handful of Western oil companies, Iraqi officials said this week. The companies -- including Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, France's Total and British Petroleum -- are expected to submit bids in coming weeks for deals that the Iraqi government hopes will boost exploration and output in its oil fields, which have been hampered by years of war. Industry analysts said the...
February 1, 2009 |
A WORLD OF TROUBLE The White House and the Middle East -- From the Cold War to the War on Terror By Patrick Tyler Farrar Straus Giroux. 628 pp. $30 Patrick Tyler, a former foreign correspondent for the New York Times and The Washington Post, has written an engaging but idiosyncratic account of U.S. interactions with the Middle East from 1956 onward. He sums up this period as "a half century of costly miscalculations in the Middle East" and writes that it is "nearly impossible to discern any overarching approach to...