A diver explores former offshore oil equipment  that has been turned into an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico under the states "rigs to reefs" program. (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)

Video: Anadarko turns massive Gulf spar into marine habitat

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Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has turned a 7,200-ton cell spar hull into a dark cave-like habitat for fish, sea anemones and other deep-sea creatures 200 miles off the coast of Louisiana.
(AP Photo/Log Cabin Democrat, Courtney Spradlin)

U.S. witness: Spill response removed far less crude than BP expert estimates

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A retired Coast Guard official testified Wednesday the massive oil spill response BP managed out of Houston in 2010 fell short of typical efforts to remove crude from the ocean.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

BP trial: Oil spill caused massive ecological damage, marine scientist says

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U.S. prosecutors are arguing that BP should have to pay all of the $13.7 billion in Clean Water Act fines for the disaster, which killed 11 workers and spilled millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Anadarko oil spill fines cut by $1.1 billion after ruling

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The Woodlands-based oil company had owned 25 percent of the doomed Macondo well and is on the hook for up to $1,100 in fines for every barrel that reached the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
(Eddie Seal/Bloomberg)

Obama administration sued over Gulf of Mexico fracking info

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The lawsuit says the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has refused to comply with the group’s federal public records request.
(David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

Chevron announces Gulf of Mexico discovery

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Chevron Corp. said it’s made a significant discover in the Gulf Of Mexico about 140 miles off the coast of Louisiana.
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Commentary: Protecting World Heritage sites should be oil industry resolution for 2015

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Only Royal Dutch Shell and Total have publicly committed to not carry out or support extractive activities in World Heritage sites.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Texas law firm target of BP lawsuit

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Gulf Coast businessmen Scott Walker, Kirk Ladner and Steve Seymour, who is also a Hancock County supervisor, filed the lawsuit in October in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, Mississippi.
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Residents on path of Kinder Morgan pipeline from Ohio to Gulf concerned about use

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Federal regulators are considering the proposal to repurpose a 1,000-mile pipeline owned by Kinder-Morgan Energy Partners and MarkWest that runs from Ohio to the Gulf Coast.
Emilio Lozoya, chief executive officer of Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) (Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg)

Mexico opens bidding for outsider oil exploration

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Mexico nationalized its oil industry in 1938. Prior to this year’s reforms, the state company Petroleos Mexicanos was the only one allowed to do oil exploration and production.