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In this March 31, 2015 photo, a supply vessel crosses an oil sheen drifting from the site of the former Taylor Energy oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana. The New Orleans-based company has downplayed the leak's environmental impact, likening it to scores of minor spills and natural seeps that the Gulf routinely absorbs. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Taylor Energy to hold meeting on decade-old oil leak in Gulf

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The Jan. 20 forum in Baton Rouge was a requirement of Taylor Energy Co.’s court settlement in September with environmental groups, which accused the company of withholding information about the leak and its efforts to end it.
Oil workers pass a pumping unit, also known as a "nodding donkey" or pumping jack, left, at a drilling site operated by Tatneft OAO near Almetyevsk, Russia, on Friday, July 31, 2015. Eleven months of surviving with oil below $100 have left Russia hardened enough to endure a monthlong drop to $40 a barrel, a survey of economists showed. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Energy, mining stocks lead an early decline on Wall Street

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Exxon Mobil fell 1.5 percent in early trading Monday, the most in the Dow Jones industrial average.
The Headquarters of the ENI energy company are seen in Rome, Italy, Wednesday, December 14, 2005. Gazprom would consider buying a stake in the electricity unit of Eni SpA, Europe's fourth-biggest power company, as a way to enter the Italian electricity production market, Il Sole/24 Ore reported, citing an interview with Gazprom Deputy Chief Executive Alexander Medvedev. Photographer: Chris Warde-Jones/Bloomberg News

Italy’s Eni renews deal for oil, gas search off Cyprus

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Eni said in August that it discovered off Egypt’s coast what it called the biggest gas field ever found in the Mediterranean sea.
Harold Hamm, chairman and chief executive officer of Continental Resources Inc., speaks during the 2015 IHS CERAWeek conference in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.  (Aaron M. Sprecher/Bloomberg)

Oklahoma oilman says US market quality reflected in price

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Harold Hamm, CEO of Continental Resources, says it’s a sign that the world sees domestic light, low-sulfur oil as superior to international oil, much of which is denser and higher in sulfur.
Former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky stands behind a glass wall at a court in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.  (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

Prominent Putin foe may seek asylum in UK after new arrest

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The former chief of the now-closed Yukos oil firm told the BBC on Thursday it’s now clear that Putin sees him as “a serious threat.” He said he feels safe in London and is interested in seeking asylum.
Categories: Legal issues
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1 dead, 7 injured in Mexico gathering fuel near pipeline tap

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Petroleos Mexicanos said that the fire ignited in a pool of fuel left by thieves after they drilled a tap into a pipeline.
Categories: Accidents, Latin America
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, and Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., return to Ryan's office after passing the omnibus bill, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Dec. 18, 2015.  The House easily passed a $1.14 trillion spending bill to fund the government through next September, capping a peaceful end to a yearlong struggle over the budget, taxes, and Republican demands of President Barack Obama.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Congress OKs year-end budget deal that would end crude export ban

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Obama will sign the measure, which includes many of the spending increases he fought for all year and is largely cleansed of GOP attempts to block his moves on the environment, financial regulation, and consumer protection.
(Paul O'Driscoll/Bloomberg News.)

Nigerian farmers cleared to sue Shell in Dutch court

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Activists said the ruling sets a landmark legal precedent that clears the way for Dutch-based companies to be sued for alleged negligence of their subsidiaries elsewhere in the world.
Power lines and pump jacks dot the horizon west of Midland, Texas.  An oil well 70 miles northwest of Midland that blew out last week has been capped.

West Texas oil well capped, 500 evacuees return home

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Gaines County Judge Tom Keyes said nobody was injured during or after the Dec. 8 blowout.
Categories: Accidents
Ryan Lance, chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips, addresses the audience during the Geopolitics of Natural Gas at Rice University, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Houston. (Marie D. De Jesús/Houston Chronicle)

Big Oil among biggest winners from budget deal

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Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., welcomed the tax side of the massive deal but is lowering expectations about GOP victories in the $1.1 trillion spending bill.