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BP settlement agreement announced in July to be filed Monday

A statement from the U.S. Justice Department has says the agreement involving the federal government, five gulf states and BP Exploration and Production will be filed Monday
Trial started today for Exxon Mobil's Corp's Baytown complex in regards to accidental releases of harmful emission on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Baytown. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Court upholds $236 million verdict in Exxon Mobil pollution case

A jury reached the verdict in April 2013 after finding the company liable in a long-running lawsuit over contamination by the chemical MTBE.
Clean-up crew members from the environment ministry attempt to clear a pool of crude oil, leaked from a burst pipeline in the Arava desert, during the clean-up operation in the Evrona nature reserve near Eilat, Israel, on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014. Ten days after the Trans-Israel pipeline burst, flooding the Evrona nature reserve with 5 million liters of crude oil, Israel's acting Environmental Protection Minister Ofir Akunis told the Cabinet Dec. 14 that 90 percent of the oil had been removed and the danger of it spreading to the Red Sea had been averted. Photographer: Ariel Jerozolimski/Bloomberg

Feds want tougher rules for oil pipelines

The U.S. Department of Transportation proposed expanding pipeline inspection requirements to include rural areas that are currently exempt and for companies to more closely analyze the results of their inspections.
In this Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, photo, Saudi groom Hisham Saleh Edris drives his decorated car as he arrives alone at the men's section of the wedding hall in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. A drop in oil revenue is forcing Saudi Arabia to weigh its first cuts to welfare and investment in years. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

As oil wealth dwindles, Saudi Arabia faces change

Subsidies to Saudi Arabia’s citizens are likely to be rolled back as the world’s largest oil exporter looks to curb spending for the first time in years due to a plunge in the price of crude, which accounts for 90 percent of government revenue.
A section of the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company 800 mile Trans Alaska Pipeline crosses a mountain ridge near Delta Junction, Alaska, Wednesday, August 17, 2005.  (Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

Three producers to pay back $800 million for project impacts in Alaska

The tentative agreement calls for $800 million in payments for impacts occurring during construction, with an expected pay-out over five years.
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This Aug, 31, 2005 file photo shows a man pushing his bicycle through flood waters near the Superdome in  New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina left much of the city under water. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Law center: Gulf Coast rig repair firm apologizes for mistreated workers in Katrina aftermath

Signal hired roughly 500 Indian welders and shipfitters after the devastating 2005 hurricane in a rush of repair work on storm-damaged oil equipment and rigs.
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari, left, shakes hands with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as they meet during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Nigerian president also plans to be oil minister

Nigeria is Africa’s biggest petroleum producer and is hard hit by halved prices for the oil that provides 80 percent of government income.

Keystone XL developer drops landowner lawsuits in Nebraska

The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline is shifting course in Nebraska and will withdraw lawsuits seeking to gain access to the property of landowners who oppose the project, the company announced Tuesday.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy testifies before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power on Capitol Hill, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

EPA set to tighten smog limits as business gears for fight

The move fulfills a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama, but sets up a fresh confrontation with Republicans already angry about the administration’s plans to curb carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants and to regulate small streams and wetlands.
Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, speaks to attendees at the Iowa State Fair Soapbox in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. Sampling a fried Snickers bar and sidestepping a few hecklers, Bush made his way through the Iowa State Fair on Friday as he tried, and at times showed signs of struggling, to present himself as a fresh voice in the Republican presidential field. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush wades into oil export debate, calls for ending ban

The former Florida governor is calling for ending the 1970s-era law prohibiting the U.S. from exporting crude oil at a time when domestic petroleum production has grown rapidly over the past decade.