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Former BP engineer Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in April.  (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Ex-BP engineer pleads not guilty in spill probe

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Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Pickens said Kurt Mix of Katy applied for a green card to Canada as recently as March and planned to travel to Australia “never to return.”
Categories: Gulf oil spill
Former BP engineer Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in April.  (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Ex-BP engineer from Katy in court in New Orleans

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A former BP drilling engineer from Katy, Texas, was expected in court today over charges he deleted text messages that indicated the company’s blown-out Gulf of Mexico well was spewing far more crude than BP was telling the public.
A boom is used to protect marshland in Terrebonne Parish on the Louisiana coast after the Gulf oil spill in 2010. Photo: Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle

Appeals court weighs new Gulf drilling plans

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A coalition of green groups told the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that federal regulators merely “rubber-stamped” Shell’s plans to drill the wells in the same canyon where the blowout of BP’s Macondo well triggered an explosion that killed 11 rig workers.
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Oil hovers below $105 in light May Day trading

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Oil prices hovered below $105 a barrel today in Asia for a second day amid light trading volume because of the May Day holiday.
Categories: Crude oil
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Delta buys a refinery in bid to cut its fuel bill

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Delta estimates the deal will cut its fuel bill by $300 million a year.
Categories: Refining
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Natural gas prices up 5 percent on production report

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Chesapeake Energy Corp., ConocoPhillips and Encana Corp. have each said that they would take some natural gas operations offline this year.
Categories: Crude oil, Natural gas
Sand or other small substances are used in hydraulic fracturing to prop open fissures in shale formations to allow natural gas to flow. (AP Photo/Minnesota Public Radio, Mark Steil)

Unwanted Nebraska sand put to use in oil fields

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Some unwanted Nebraska sand has been put to use in some U.S. oil fields.
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Gas drilling job-training programs pop up in NY

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Rick Allen moved to upstate New York to escape the rat race and tension of Washington, D.C., but when he arrived in his hometown, the 49-year-old electronics technician couldn’t find a job.
Categories: Natural gas, Social
(Photo: Julien Tromeur, Flickr)

Oil drops to near $104 on global growth concerns

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Oil prices fell toward $104 a barrel today on expectations that slowing economic growth in the U.S. and China and ongoing debt problems in Europe will undermine demand for crude.
Categories: Crude oil
Jess Burrow, left, and James Patterson, look over the damage caused outside the home of Joe and Mary Reneau when their chimney was toppled by Saturday's earthquake, in Sparks, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Still no quake study by Youngstown well operator

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The operator of a northeast Ohio deep-injection well tied to earthquakes in the area has yet to receive the state clearance it says is necessary to conduct independent seismic research aimed at proving the well wasn’t the cause of the quakes.