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Punitive damages question lingers in BP oil spill case

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The question of whether BP can be charged for punitive damages for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill could compel the Supreme Court to take up the matter, legal experts say.
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Judge rules BP was grossly negligent in oil spill

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A federal judge on Thursday ruled that BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico four years ago was the result of gross negligence or willful misconduct by the London oil company.
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Commentary: Mexico enters shale play

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While the energy world has been focused on Canadian shale over the past few years, Mexico has been quietly emerging as a major player in the crude oil and natural gas industry. With the recent passage of massive energy reforms in Mexico, billions of barrels of oil and trillions of cubic feet of natural gas […]
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Plaintiffs likely to appeal ruling in BP Atlantis case, lawyer says

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An attorney for plaintiffs who sued BP for $256 billion said Thursday he expects to appeal a federal judge’s decision to throw out a lawsuit over alleged safety compliance issues at one of BP’s deep-water production platforms.
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Judge tosses suit claiming BP misled regulators about Gulf platform

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Plaintiffs who brought a $256 billion lawsuit against BP have “no facts” to back up their claim the company misled regulators about the safety of a deep-water production platform, a federal judge has ruled.
Maersk Developer platform in Gulf of Mexico

Maersk Oil to lay off a fourth of Houston staff

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Diminishing returns in Brazil and the Gulf of Mexico have pushed Maersk Oil to cut a quarter of the jobs at its Houston office.
Pemex's Yuum K'ak' Naab floating production, storage and offloading vessel works in Mexico's Bay of Campeche. (Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg)

Mexican lawmakers approve overhaul ending Pemex monopoly

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The Mexican Congress has passed legislation aimed at ending state-owned Pemex’s 75-year state monopoly on the energy industry.
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Early-stage components at GE Oil & Gas in Houston will eventually be part of annular blowout preventers used in deep-water situations to seal pipes in an emergency. (For the Chronicle/Eric Kayne)

Companies at work on blowout preventers for deeper depths

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GE Oil & Gas and others are working to create blowout preventers that can work at deeper depths and higher pressures.
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Boston protesters rally against Kinder Morgan gas pipeline

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The protest, attended by hundreds of supporters, was the culmination of a month-long “rolling rally” that marched through towns likely impacted by Kinder Morgan’s proposed 250-mile long pipeline expansion in Berkshire, Worcester and Franklin counties.
The drillship Noble Globetrotter I drilled the Rydberg well and is currently repositioning to drill the Gettysburg exploratory well. (photo/Noble Corp.)

Shell announces new Gulf of Mexico discovery

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Shell Oil Co. today announced an offshore discovery in the Gulf of Mexico it believes contains 100 million barrels of oil equivalent.