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.
In this Feb. 5, 2014 file photo, Amy Adams, North Carolina campaign coordinator with Appalachian Voices, shows her hand covered with wet coal ash from the Dan River swirling in the background as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of a spill of coal ash into the river in Danville, Va. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Duke pleads guilty in federal court for coal ash crimes

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Prosecutors say the criminal negligence of the nation’s largest electricity company resulted in unlawful pollution at its coal-fired power plants.
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)

Continental CEO’s ex-wife left with $1 billion divorce award

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Sue Ann Arnall, Hamm’s wife for 26 years, forfeited her right to appeal by cashing a check for the judgment in January, the Oklahoma Supreme Court said Tuesday.
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BP says oil spill bill over $2 billion would be “severe”

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Any fine above $2 billion against BP for the Deepwater Horizon disaster would be “extraordinary and severe,” double the highest-ever U.S. water-pollution fine and potentially crippling its American oil business, BP said in court documents.
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Commentary: Is your confidentiality agreement enforceable?

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Simply entering into a confidentiality agreement may not be enough to protect such information.
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Dallas pipeline giant sues landowners over Michigan pipeline

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ET Rover said the lawsuits are a reluctant action taken by the company so crews can conduct civil and environmental surveys. The filings cite Michigan law allowing surveyors and those supervised by surveyors to enter onto property for the purpose of a survey.
Noble Energy will drill exploration wells off the coast of the Falkland Islands, the company announced Wednesday.

Noble Energy doubles down in Falkland Islands

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The Houston-based oil company announced Monday that it has scooped up additional acres offshore the Falkland Islands and plans to start drilling there this year despite opposition from Argentina’s government.
Greenpeace activists approach the Blue Marlin before climbing aboard the heavy-lift vessel and camping out on the Polar Pioneer drilling rig. Shell has contracted the Polar Pioneer for a new round of Arctic drilling in the Chukchi Sea later this year. (Photo: Greenpeace)

Shell wins restraining order against Greenpeace

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WASHINGTON — Hours after stormy weather forced Greenpeace activists to climb off an Arctic drilling rig in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Shell won a temporary restraining order blocking the group from similar protests. The ruling, by U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason, bars Greenpeace and its activists from boarding, barricading or interfering with the […]
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Houston oil company among five caught in legal battle over new U.K.-Argentina Falkland Islands fight

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Argentina filed criminal charges Thursday at the general prosecutor’s office in Buenos Aires against five U.K. and U.S. oil companies.
Greenpeace activists scale the Polar Pioneer, a Transocean drilling rig contracted by Shell Oil Co. for Arctic exploration in summer 2015.  The activists climbed aboard the rig as a heavy-lift vessel, the Blue Marlin, is carrying it across the Pacific Ocean, en route to the United States.  (Photo: Greenpeace)

Shell files lawsuit against Arctic drilling protesters

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The complaint, lodged in a federal district court in Alaska, comes one day after the activists climbed aboard Shell’s contracted Polar Pioneer drillship while it is traveling across the Pacific Ocean toward the United States.