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A Sikorsky model 76-D helicopter hovers over a runway during a demonstration of the new Sikorsky model 76-D helicopter designed for transporting offshore oil workers at West Houston Airport Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Houston. Sikorsky just opened a Houston office to focus on oil & gas support. 
( James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle )

Sikorsky to cut 1,400 jobs, citing falling oil production

Spokesman Paul Jackson said the cuts are not related to a review by United Technologies of whether to sell, spin off or divest Sikorsky. A decision is expected to be announced in about a month.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Prosecution: Former BP exec lied to oil spill investigators

Defense attorneys countered Tuesday that prosecutors are trying to convict David Rainey based on an interview conducted a year after the spill.
A General Electric Co. employee assembles a component for a gas turbine at the company's factory in Belfort, France. (Fabrice Dimier/Bloomberg)

U.S. factory orders post their eighth decline in nine months

Manufacturers have struggled in recent months as cheaper oil prices have slashed demand from energy firms for pipelines and equipment.
David  Rainey,   (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Judges tosses 1 of 2 charges against ex-BP exec on trial

Rainey now faces a single charge of making false statements to the FBI during a 2011 interview.
In a Feb. 12, 2014 photo, plumes of smoke billow as a fire burns on at the Chevron Gas Well site, near Bobtown, Pa. (Darrell Sapp/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MONESSEN OUT; KITTANNING OUT; CONNELLSVILLE OUT; GREENSBURG OUT; TARENTUM OUT; NORTH HILLS NEWS RECORD OUT; BUTLER OUT

Chevron Appalachia fined $940,000 for fatal gas well blast

“Chevron deeply regrets this incident and acknowledges the extensive efforts of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in its response and investigation,” said a spokeswoman for Chevron Appalachia.
Categories: Accidents, Natural gas
A crew cleans oil from the beach at Refugio State Beach on May 20, 2015 north of Goleta, Calif.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Things to know about the California oil spill

The task of cleaning up the mess has come under fire from environmentalists and lawmakers who questioned whether enough was done early on to contain the damage.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

Oklahoma is latest state to prevent local fracking bans

Pushed hard by the oil and gas industry, but fiercely opposed by municipalities and environmental groups, the bill specifically prohibits cities or towns from banning operations such as drilling, fracking, water disposal, recovery operations or pipeline infrastructure.
Clean up crews removed oil-laden sand on the beach at Refugio State Beach, site of an oil spill, north of Goleta, Calif.  (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant)

Response by Plains on broken Calif. pipeline faces scrutiny

U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein of California labeled the response to the spill “insufficient” in a letter Thursday to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The senators questioned why the line lacked an automatic shut-off valve and whether some workers were left on the sidelines while the leak spread.

In this Saturday, May 23, 2015 photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, two cleanup crew members work to remove oil from the sand along a portion of soiled coastline. (Chief Petty Officer David Mosley/U.S. Coast Guard via AP)

Section of pipe involved in California oil spill unearthed

Artealia Gilliard of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said Thursday that the section was extracted and will be wrapped in protective insulation before it is sent to a laboratory in Ohio for metallurgical testing.
(Ty Wright/Bloomberg)

Gasoline prices drop slightly in Texas

AAA Texas said Thursday that the statewide average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Texas is now at $2.51. That’s 94 cents less per gallon than last year.