Colombia's Ecopetrol agreed to purchase a 15% interest in Anadarko Petroleum's Deep Nansen prospect in the Gulf of Mexico. The agreement was struck in April, said John Christiansen, a spokesman for Anadarko.
The Paso Robles, Calif., City Council has set priorities for the next two years. Councilors will focus on public safety, economic development and revamping maintenance services, after the recession brought on years of cuts, affecting police patrols, a teen center and a pool.
The Burnsville, Minn., City Council has appointed Heather Johnston as city manager, after Craig Ebeling retired last month. Johnston, the city's director of administrative services and chief financial officer, will begin her new position April 16. "Her leadership skills, energy, passion and personality fit the culture we have fostered here in Burnsville," Mayor Elizabeth Kautz said.
U.S. lawmakers shouldn't cite an ExxonMobil oil spill in Arkansas and other accidents as reasons to block new oil and natural gas development projects or the approval of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline, said John Felmy, the American Petroleum Institute's chief economist. Lapses in safety occur, he said, but the industry is doing its best to avoid accidents. "No energy source is without potential problem," Felmy said.