President Barack Obama arrives at TransCanada's pipe yard in Cushing, Okla., in 2012. The southern leg of Keystone XL did not require State Department approval. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Nebraska ruling upholds Keystone XL route

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The ruling now shifts attention to the nation’s capital, where the State Department, Congress and the White House all are playing a role in deciding whether TransCanada Corp. wins a permit to build the $8 billion border-crossing pipeline.
Harold Hamm, Continental Resources CEO (AP PhotoKevin Cederstrom)

Continental CEO’s ex-wife cashes $1 billion check, his lawyer says

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Oklahoma fracking billionaire Harold Hamm’s ex-wife cashed a check he sent her to cover the almost $1 billion awarded as alimony in their divorce, his lawyer said.
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The United Kalavryta, shown in the Gulf in late July, about 60 miles off Galveston's coast. (Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard)

Dispute over tanker’s Kurdish oil continues in Houston court

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A Houston federal judge has asked for an update on settlement negotiations between Iraq and Kurdistan over a cargo of oil anchored in the Gulf of Mexico since July.
Harold Hamm and ex-wife Sue Ann Arnall at the the TIME 100 Gala on April 24, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for TIME)

Harold Hamm’s ex-wife rejects $975 million divorce check

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The check delivered to her legal team would have paid off the full amount awarded to Sue Ann Arnall in a November divorce ruling.
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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/Log Cabin Democrat, Courtney Spradlin)

Exxon Mobil seeks to bar pipeline files

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Exxon Mobil says it shouldn’t have to release any further information on a proposed but abandoned pipeline intended to run alongside the Pegasus pipeline that ruptured in 2013 in central Arkansas.
Harold Hamm and ex-wife Sue Ann Arnall at the the TIME 100 Gala on April 24, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for TIME)

Hamm’s $1 billion alimony bill looks bigger as oil stock sinks

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As measured by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Harold Hamm’s net worth has been reduced by a third to $10.6 billion. Hamm said Arnall will now get a larger share of their combined wealth than intended by the judge.
A BP company logo sits on display on the forecourt of a gas station operated by BP in London. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

BP conducts internal review of its foreign currency trading unit

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BP’s statement comes after Bloomberg reported late Monday that currency traders for the oil company allegedly got tips about upcoming trades and other confidential information from other market sources.
Ryan Sitton (Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle)

New Texas oil regulator steps down from oil firm

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The regulator, Ryan Sitton, will be sworn in next week to join the three-member board of the Texas Railroad Commission. Though he did not specify a date, he said he will resign as chief executive of the company, Pinnacle Asset Integrity Services, placing his ownership stake in a blind trust.
In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, contracted employees with a two-man Dominion route survey team work their way across a field near Guthrie Road in Suarts Draft, Va. They help survey the route for the Dominion's proposed natural gas pipeline. (AP Photo/The Staunton News Leader, Mike Tripp)

Dominion sues landowners in Va. to survey land for pipeline

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Dominion filed lawsuits earlier this week in circuit courts against 20 property owners in Nelson County and 27 in Augusta County. That number is expected to double, the company said.