Chinese firm surpasses Exxon in oil production

A big shift is happening in Big Oil: an American giant now ranks behind a Chinese upstart.  More »

Memo details Alaska oil, gas industry lobbying

A new legislative memo suggests that about $2.2 million was spent on lobbying last year by the oil and gas industry and three affiliated organizations.  More »

Researcher finds dangerous bacteria in tarballs

Cova Arias usually studies oysters, not tarballs.  More »

Oil near $105 amid possible reserves release

Oil hovered above $105 a barrel today in Asia, capped by the possible release of crude reserves by Western nations.  More »

Activists worry over North Sea platform gas leak

Environmental groups warned Thursday they fear an oil spill could be triggered at a North Sea offshore platform that has been leaking highly pressurized gas since the weekend.  More »

Oil falls on reserve release talk, U.S. supply data

Benchmark U.S. crude fell by $1.92 to end at $105.41 per barrel in New York.  More »

Sen. Cornyn tries to block dunes lizard listing

Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas is trying to block the proposed listing of the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species.  More »

Total says no explosion risk in North Sea gas leak

A flare is still burning on the North Sea offshore platform that has been leaking gas for days, operator Total S.A. said Wednesday, though it claimed there was no threat of an explosion under current weather conditions.  More »

Texas wins latest round with EPA in federal court

A federal appeals court scolded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday for rejecting a series of state pollution control projects in Texas that federal regulators said failed to satisfy requirements of the Clean Air Act.  More »

Widow of man killed in ND oil patch files lawsuit

The widow of a man who was killed while working on an oil rig in western North Dakota has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court.  More »

Oil falls to near $106 after US crude supply jump

Oil prices fell to near $106 a barrel Wednesday in Asia after a report showed a larger-than-expected jump in U.S. crude supplies, suggesting demand remains weak.  More »

France poised to release strategic oil reserves

France’s government says it is considering releasing oil from its strategic reserves as part of a U.S.-led effort to increase supply to bring down high prices.  More »