Justice Department opposes spill lawyer fees

The fees a judge awarded lawyers fighting BP discourage people from settling oil spill claims out of court, the Justice Department says.  More »

Oil settles below $99 a barrel on European concerns

A recession appears likely in Europe, and huge spending cuts will likely reduce European energy demand this year.  More »

Pa. families asking EPA chief to send water

Families from a small northeastern Pennsylvania town are planning to confront the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over an abrupt change in plans.  More »

SD judge asked to throw out oil refinery permit

Opponents of a proposed $10 billion oil refinery urged a judge Thursday to strike down a state permit that would allow the project to be built in southeastern South Dakota.  More »

Measure takes ND oil taxes for wildlife projects

Conservation groups said they would campaign to put a North Dakota constitutional amendment on the ballot that would reserve tens of millions of dollars of state oil tax collections for water, wildlife and conservation projects.  More »

EPA board rejects appeal of Shell Arctic permit

Royal Dutch Shell’s quest to drill exploratory wells in Arctic waters has received a boost with the affirmation that its federal air permits for the Chukchi Sea were properly granted.  More »

Loan guarantee likely wouldn’t apply to LNG line

An Alaska natural gas pipeline project that would serve overseas markets seemingly wouldn’t qualify for a loan guarantee under federal law.  More »

Japan to reduce Iran oil imports, supporting US

Japan gave a boost today to the U.S. campaign to sanction Iran over its nuclear program, pledging to buy less Iranian oil, a day after China reacted coolly to the U.S. effort.  More »

Controversy mars start of review of Asia pipeline

The chief of an aboriginal community that stands to be most affected by a proposed pipeline to Canada’s Pacific coast called the Canadian government’s environmental review of the project a song-and-dance on Tuesday.  More »

SD court hearing set in oil refinery dispute

The fight over a Texas company’s plan to build a $10 billion oil refinery in southeastern South Dakota is moving to court.  More »

Chevron warns on 4Q profit

Chevron said its fourth-quarter profit will be “significantly” lower than the third-quarter results, partly because of weaker profit margins on refining and marketing. The oil giant said Wednesday that its usually profitable refining and marketing business will roughly break even. Refinery volumes were weak, the company said.  More »

Natural gas falls to lowest price in a decade

In many parts of the U.S., thermostats haven’t been turned up as much this year.  More »

EPA: Power plants main global warming culprits

The most detailed data yet on emissions of heat-trapping gases show that U.S. power plants are responsible for the bulk of the pollution blamed for global warming.  More »

Senators ask Shell to build chemical plant in Pa.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey on Wednesday wrote to a Shell executive in hopes of persuading the oil and gas giant to choose a Pennsylvania site to build a huge new chemical plant that could mean thousands of new jobs and millions of tax dollars for the state.  More »

TransCanada: New route for pipeline nearly done

An executive with a Canadian company attempting to build a $7 billion pipeline to carry oil from Canada to refineries along the Gulf Coast says a new route is being mapped “that everyone will agree on.”  More »