A crew works on a damaged barge along the shore of the Mississippi River moored at Columbus-Belmont State Park in Columbus, Ky., on Thursday. (AP Photo/Stephen Lance Dennee)

Part of Mississippi River closes after oil spill

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The Coast Guard said it was working with the barge owner, Inland Marine Services, to determine the exact amount of oil that poured into the water.
In this March 31, 2015 photo, the wake of a supply vessel heading towards a working platform crosses over an oil sheen drifting from the site of the former Taylor Energy oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana. Down to just one full-time employee, Taylor Energy Company exists for only one reason: to fight a Gulf of Mexico oil leak that has gone largely unnoticed, despite creating miles-long slicks for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Settlement over decade-old Gulf oil leak filed in court

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The Waterkeeper Alliance says Taylor Energy will release more information about its efforts to stop oil from leaking at the site where an offshore platform toppled during Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
Marvin Odum, Shell Oil Co. president, says he’s “110 percent ready” to work with people who want to find ways to improve drilling. Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle file)

Shell president: ‘Oil will be required for a long time’

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Marvin Odum said he expects further protests against the company’s plans for Arctic drilling
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Cost, length of Exxon’s cleanup still unclear after N.J. deal

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The cleanup, which can largely be overseen by private professionals instead of the state under a 2009 law, could take years, perhaps even decades.
In this March 31, 2015 photo, a supply vessel crosses an oil sheen drifting from the site of the former Taylor Energy oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana. The New Orleans-based company has downplayed the leak's environmental impact, likening it to scores of minor spills and natural seeps that the Gulf routinely absorbs. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Details on fight against decade-long Gulf oil spill to be released under court deal

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Details about a chronic oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico will be disclosed as part of the settlement agreement between Taylor Energy and environmental groups.
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Environmental groups threaten lawsuit over drilling wastewater rules

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Under existing federal law, the Environmental Protection Agency is obligated to review and possibly revise regulations governing the handling of oil and gas waste every three years. But the agency’s last review was 27 years ago.
Leonardo Mendoza, of Key Energy Services, guilds a drill pipe from a well at an EnerVest oil field Tuesday, May 10, 2011, in rural Fayette County. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

Key Energy splits CEO and chairman jobs, names successors for both positions

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The Houston-based, oil-field services company said Chairman and CEO Dick Alario is giving up the top board seat immediately and retiring next year. President and Chief Operating Officer Robert Drummond, who just joined the company in June, will assume the CEO role no later than the end of 2016. Independent board member Mark Rosenberg, whose background is in private equity firms, is the new chairman.
Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gestures while speaking at a town hall meeting at Sayde's Neighborhood Bar & Grill in Salem, N.H., Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter) )

Judge approves Christie’s $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil

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The deal was criticized by environmental groups and Democrats who control the state Legislature. They say the settlement is just a fraction of the billions of dollars New Jersey should have recovered.
In this July 13, 2015 photo, protesters gather outside the U.S. Oil Sands commercial tar sands operation, in the Book Cliffs, in eastern Utah. On a remote Utah ridge covered in sagebrush, pines and wild grasses, a Canadian company is about to embark on something never before done commercially in the United States: digging sticky, black, tar-soaked sand from the ground and extracting the petroleum. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

1st U.S. tar sands mine set to open for business in Utah

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The impending opening of the nation’s first tar sands mine has become another front in the battle across the West between preservationists and the energy industry.
An oil tanker navigates the Houston Ship Channel in Houston, Texas. (Carter Smith/ Bloomberg News file photo)

Oil exports could mean more production — and pollution

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The report from the liberal Center for American Progress is the first to broadly examine the environmental consequences of a big shift in U.S. oil trade policy, coming as Congress nears a vote on whether to lift the 1970s-era ban.