A column of smoke comes off the West Delta 32 complex in the Gulf of Mexico after an explosion on a Black Elk platform on Nov. 16, 2012. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

Black Elk Energy still feeling financial effects of blast

Black Elk Energy told investors on Wednesday that it is still dealing with financial damage from the fatal explosion at one of its Gulf of Mexico production platforms last year, even as the Houston-based company faces fines and a potential criminal investigation from the incident.
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Exxon Mobil plant fire out in South Texas

Crews have put out a fire at a South Texas natural gas plant operated by Exxon Mobil Corp.
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Refiner to pay $1.9 million to settle oil lawsuit

Suncor oil refinery operators have agreed to pay $1.9 million to settle a lawsuit by federal and state authorities over a toxic spill that contaminated Sand Creek and the South Platte River.
A gas pipeline burns near Milford, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.  A Chevron gas pipeline exploded in rural North Texas with no injuries and officials are allowing the fire to burn out.  (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Pipeline fire keeps Texans away from homes second night

A rural North Texas town remained evacuated for a second day and night Friday while work continued to extinguish a gas pipeline fire.
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Worker killed in Mississippi refinery explosion, fire

Authorities are investigating the cause of an explosion and fire at a southern Mississippi refinery that killed one worker.
A drilling crew punctured a gas pipeline in Milford, Texas on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, which led emergency personnel to evacuate a nearby town, according to the Ellis County Sheriff's Office. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Nathan Hunsinger)

Some allowed home after Texas pipeline explosion

Hundreds of residents evacuated from a Texas town after a Chevron pipeline explosion await returning home as the fire burns itself out.
Smoke rises from a gas pipeline that exploded in a field in Milford, Texas, on Nov. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Nathan Hunsinger)

Drilling crew caused Texas pipeline explosion, sheriff says

A gas pipeline has exploded in rural North Texas, and officials urged residents of a nearby town to evacuate as a precaution.
Commercial vessels spray water on the fire aboard the West Delta 32 production platform. (Coast Guard photo)

Feds cite Houston firm, contractors in fatal Gulf blast

A federal agency alleges that safety deficiencies by a Houston company and its contractors led to the deaths of three oil platform workers in an explosion last year.
Protesters gather in the Federal Plaza in Manhatan to protest against Chevron Corporation October 15, 2013 in New York. (AFP PHOTO/Don EmmertDON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Ecuador court halves Chevron pollution judgement

Ecuador’s highest court has cut in half a landmark judgment against Chevron Corp. for oil contamination in the Amazon, putting the penalty at $8.8 billion.
The Bahamas-registered Prestige oil tanker breaks in two pieces before sinking some 150 miles (241 kilometers) off Spain's coast in the Atlantic ocean. A Spanish court on Wednesday Nov. 13, 2013 acquitted three people charged over the sinking of the Prestige oil tanker off Spain's northwestern coast 11 years ago that triggered one of Europe's biggest environmental catastrophes after finding no criminal responsibility in the sinking and absolved the three defendants. (AP Photo/Avion Polmar II, File)

Spanish court acquits accused in tanker disaster

A Spanish court has acquitted three people charged over the sinking of the Prestige oil tanker off Spain’s northwestern coast 11 years ago that triggered one of Europe’s biggest environmental catastrophes.