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Jury trials for medical suits over BP spill approved

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“BP disagrees with the Court’s ruling and is considering its options,” a company spokesman said.
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Investigators release records of fiery North Dakota derailment

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Federal investigators said in the documents that a broken train axle found after the derailment might have been prevented if BNSF railroad had inspected it more carefully and found a pre-existing flaw.
Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of French oil company Total, speaks at the IHS Energy CERAWeek in Houston. (Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle)

Total’s profit fell 20 percent in first quarter, despite surging production

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CEO Patrick Pouyanne said Total is “demonstrating its resilience and profiting from its integrated model” in the face of a 50 percent drop in the average Brent crude oil price over the last year.
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South Dakota hearing on Keystone XL pipeline delayed

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Pipeline opponents asked for the hearing postponement in South Dakota because they said the original schedule was too tight.
A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Florida House passes legislation banning fracking bans

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Democrats opposed the bill, saying fracking should be banned in Florida because of the potential to contaminate groundwater.
Derailed oil tanker train cars burn near Mount Carbon, W.Va., Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. A CSX train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed in a snowstorm, sending a fireball into the sky and threatening the water supply of nearby residents, authorities and residents said Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Daily Mail, Marcus Constantino)

Railroad union urges tougher safety standards on tracks

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While lawmakers and regulators focus on the strength of oil tank cars and volatility of crude oil, officials of the rail inspectors’ union say track flaws and train speed can be significant factors in accidents.
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North Dakota allowed to join Wyoming lawsuit against fracking rules

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The Obama administration announced in March that it will require companies that drill on federal lands to disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.
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Report: Man-made earthquakes shake over a dozen areas in US

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The man-made quakes jolted once stable regions in eight states, including parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas, according to researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey.
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff (L) shakes hands with workers of Brazilian state-run oil giant Petrobras at Petrobras's shipyards in Rio de Janeiro, on September 11, 2013. (VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Petrobras says graft scheme cost $2.1 billion in losses

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Brazil’s top construction and engineering companies are accused of paying bribes to Petrobras executives and politicians,
Noble Energy will shutter Rosetta Resources' headquarters and lay off at least 65 of its employees as it prepares to buy the company for $2.1 billion.

Noble Energy agrees to settle Colorado air pollution case

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Regulators found the Houston-based company’s oil storage tanks were emitting thousands of tons of volatile organic chemicals a year because of undersized vapor control systems.