President Barack Obama speaks at Everglades National Park to call attention to climate change on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 near Homestead, Fla. (Michael Laughlin/Sun Sentinel/TNS)

Appeals court tosses suits challenging Obama climate change plan

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The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is a temporary setback to opponents of the plan who are expected to renew their legal attack once the regulation is finalized later this year.
(Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle)

Exxon to get federal money for WWII-related cleanup

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Exxon Mobil Corp. will get help from the U.S. government in paying for clean up costs at two refineries that produced billions of gallons of aviation fuel for allied forces during World War II and the Korean War.
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COMMENTARY: Silence is not golden when it comes to whistleblower law

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The recent federal action against Houston-based KBR for an overly broad confidentiality clause that could stifle whistleblowing employees reverberated through the corporate corridors of America.
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Judge merge suits from a trio of states contesting new federal drilling rules

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That lawsuit filed by the Independent Petroleum Association of America and Western Energy Alliance against Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and others is now the lead case. The state of Wyoming along with Colorado and North Dakota filed the other lawsuit.
In a Nov. 28, 2012 file photo, David  Rainey, center, a former BP vice president during the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, leaves Federal Court in New Orleans. Rainey was acquitted of one charge of lying to federal investigators on June 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton, File)

Ex-BP executive Rainey found not guilty of making false statement

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A federal jury has found a former BP executive not guilty of making false statements to investigators in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
David  Rainey,   (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Judges tosses 1 of 2 charges against ex-BP exec on trial

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Rainey now faces a single charge of making false statements to the FBI during a 2011 interview.
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DOJ: No charges for Houston company in FCPA investigation

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The company said in a 2013 release that the investigation would look into “whether Hyperdynamics’ activities in obtaining and retaining the concession rights and its relationships with charitable organizations potentially violate the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or U.S. anti-money laundering statutes.”
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

BP, Macondo contractors resolve oil spill claims against each other

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Halliburton CEO Dave Lesar said the agreement closes out another chapter in the Gulf of Mexico saga for the oil field service company and restores its relationship with BP, one of its customers.
BHP Chief Executive Officer Andrew Mackenzie speaks during a news conference in Sydney, Australia. (Ian Waldie/Bloomberg)

BHP Billiton to pay $25 million to settle SEC’s FCPA allegations

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BHP Billiton Ltd. will pay $25 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claims that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act when it sponsored the attendance of foreign government officials at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.
A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Oil groups take aim at feds’ fracking rule

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Oil industry groups want a federal judge to block new mandates on hydraulic fracturing before they take effect.