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Helicopter flying from oil rig crashes in Nigeria, killing 4

Spokesman Yakubu Dati of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria said the helicopter belongs to Bristow, a Houston, Texas-based firm that charters helicopters to oil and gas companies.
(AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

29 people indicted in Bakken crime fighting investigation

State and federal authorities say 22 people from western North Dakota and seven from California have been indicted on drug charges. They range in age from 21 to 56.
A member of Exxon Mobil's cleanup crew is reflected in water and oil in a drainage ditch along State Highway 365 in Mayflower, Ark., Monday, April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Log Cabin Democrat, Courtney Spradlin)

Judge OKs agreement ending lawsuit over Arkansas oil leak

U.S. District Judge Kris Baker said Wednesday the agreement complies with the Clean Water Act and is fair to ExxonMobil and the governments.
In this June 15, 2014 file photo, a polar bear dries off after taking a swim in the Chukchi Sea in Alaska. (Brian Battaile/U.S. Geological Survey via AP, File)

Federal appeals court hears arguments on polar bear habitat

Polar bears, a marine mammal, were declared a threatened species in 2008 under former President George W. Bush because of diminishing sea ice brought on by global climate warming.
The Clovelly storage hub of the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port system (Bloomberg)

Louisiana Offshore Oil Port storage center getting bigger

The hub receives domestic and international crude via ships and pipelines, temporarily storing the oil before sending it on to U.S. refineries. The Clovelly Hub receives oil from wells in Texas, the Gulf of Mexico and the U.S. mid-continent.
Irene Nafuna Muloni, Uganda's minister of energy and mineral development, speaks at the IHS CERAWeek conference in Houston on March 4, 2014. (Mayra Beltran/Houston Chronicle)

Uganda lists 16 firms eligible to bid for oil exploration

Uganda’s first oil licensing round is being watched by activists who hope the oil blocks will eventually go to firms with strong social and environmental track records.
(Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images)

Gasoline prices down a nickel across Texas

In the Texas metro areas, drivers in Texarkana are paying the least at $2.32 per gallon while motorists in El Paso are paying the most, $2.63 per gallon.
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

16 states ask Obama admin to put power plant rules on hold

The 16 states and a handful of others are preparing to sue the Obama administration to block the rules permanently by arguing they exceed Obama’s authority. Bolstered by a recent Supreme Court ruling against the administration’s mercury limits, opponents argued that states shouldn’t have to start preparing to comply with a rule that may eventually get thrown out by the courts.
Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer, right, speaks during a news conference with consumer advocate Jamie Court, left, president of Consumer Watchdog in Santa Monica, Calif. on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Billionaire seeks oil refiner transparency on profits from California gasoline prices

A brief supply shortage brought a huge rise in wholesale oil prices in California in July. Drivers in some parts of the state paid more than $4 a gallon for gas.
(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Geologists: Drilling slowdown cuts number of Kansas quakes

In the past year there have been 67 earthquakes emanating from Harper and Sumner Counties with a magnitude of at least 3.0, including one measured at 4.9 in November, the U.S. Geological Survey said.