Watching Government: Looking back, looking ahead

Happy New Year! It promises to be every bit as lively for oil and gas-and the industry’s interactions with government-as 2005 was. But before we get too far into 2006, let’s take a nostalgic look at the past year’s most entertaining moments.They’re all worthy of recognition, if not outright awards. I’ll improvise and call them “Watchies” (or, individually, “Watchy”) until my editors and readers come up with something better.The first 2005 Watchy, for courage in the face of enemy fire, goes to David J. O’Reilly, chief executive of Chevron Corp. One of five multinational oil company executives called to testify Nov. 9, before two S...

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