A worker uses a headset and microphone to communicate with coworkers over the din of pump trucks, at the site of a natural gas hydraulic fracturing and extraction operation run by the Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., outside Rifle, in western Colorado. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Judge puts on hold lawsuit over energy lease on sacred land

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The Interior Department last month said it plans to cancel the 6,200-acre lease. It was granted in 1982 on land considered sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of the U.S. and Canada.
Roughnecks take a break from working the Peterson Drilling Company rig in Carlsbad, New Mexico, February 26, 2000.  (Photo by Joe Raedle)

Green groups appeal suspension of federal oil, gas drilling rules

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The Sierra Club and others say the rules should be allowed to take effect to protect land and water from practices including hydraulic fracturing.
In a Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 file photo, Donald Vidrine, a BP well site leader from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, stands with his attorneys outside Federal Court after being arraigned on manslaughter charges in New Orleans. At the request of prosecutors, a judge agreed Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, to dismiss manslaughter charges against Vidrine and Robert Kaluza, two supervisors who were working on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig when it exploded in April 2010.  Vidrinepleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of violating the Clean Water Act. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Manslaughter charges dropped for BP supervisors in oil spill

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The explosion on the BP-operated drilling rig killed 11 workers and set off the nation’s worst offshore oil disaster.
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Anadarko ordered to pay $159.5M in Deepwater Horizon fines

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A federal judge on Monday said Anadarko Petroleum Corp. must pay $159.5 million in environmental penalties for its part in “the polluting enterprise” that caused a massive 87-day oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago.
Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California’s top oil regulator resigning

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Gov. Jerry Brown directed a state official in 2014 to investigate and map out the oil and gas potential and history of the Brown family ranch.
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Oil companies lose trans-Alaska pipeline case

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The ruling states that the project to update four pump stations and control systems along the 800-mile line, known as Strategic Reconfigurations, was “imprudently” managed.
In this April 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, as a large plume of smoke rises from fires on BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Federal judge grants trial delay in BP oil spill fraud case

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The Sun Herald reports U.S. District Court Judge Louis Guirola Jr. found the evidence so voluminous that attorneys would need more time to prepare their defenses.
Southwestern Energy Co.'s corporate headquarters near The Woodlands. (Southwestern Energy)

Houston company among oil firms sued by Arkansas royalty owners

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Claims against the companies include fraud, violation of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and civil conspiracy.
Plaquemines Parish coastal zone director P.J. Hahn walks through oiled marsh grass in Bay Jimmy near the Louisiana coast on Oct. 14, 2010. (AP file photo/Patrick Semansky)

Louisiana parish drops suits against oil and gas companies

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The Plaquemines Parish council voted to dismiss 21 suits it had pending against 68 oil companies, officials and a lawyer said.
A crew cleans oil from the beach at Refugio State Beach on May 20, 2015 north of Goleta, Calif.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Rhode Island pension system sues BP, Plains All American over oil spills

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In May, a corroded pipeline owned by Plains All American released crude near Santa Barbara, California.