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3 plead guilty in murder-for-hire plot in North Dakota oil patch

Three men have pleaded guilty in federal court in the murder-for-hire slaying of a Spokane businessman that arose from business dealings in the North Dakota oil patch.
President of Denton Drilling Awareness, Cathy McMullen, right, holds up a sign asking voters to vote in favor of banning fracking at the Denton Civic Center in Denton, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (Special to the Houston Chronicle/Brandon Wade)

Industry group lawsuit against Denton is dismissed

A North Texas district judge has agreed to dismiss the lawsuit filed against Denton by the Texas Oil & Gas Association at the request of both parties.
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BP asks feds to drop market manipulation charges

FERC brought charges against London-based BP in August 2013. Traders at BP’s Southeast natural gas desk were accused of a scheme to lower next-day, fixed-price natural gas prices at the Houston Ship Channel hub from Sept. 18 through Nov. 30, 2008, to boost physical and financial bets.
John Hess, chairman and CEO of Hess Corp. (F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg )

U.S. Virgin Islands sues Hess Corp. over shuttered refinery

The government of the U.S. Virgin Islands on Monday sued Houston-based Hess Corp. for more than $1 billion, alleging that the firm abandoned a massive oil refinery it had pledged to run through the year 2022.
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BP investors’ $2.5 billion class-action lawsuit can move forward, appeals court rules

BP Plc must face institutional investors’ claims for more than $2.5 billion in market losses caused by the plunge in share prices after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court ruled.
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Canadian court rules villagers in Ecuador can pursue class action lawsuit against Chevron

The Supreme Court of Canada said in a unanimous decision that the company can be pursued in the country for its alleged actions in Ecuador, in a case that’s spanned more than two decades.
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Cost, length of Exxon’s cleanup still unclear after N.J. deal

The cleanup, which can largely be overseen by private professionals instead of the state under a 2009 law, could take years, perhaps even decades.
In this March 31, 2015 photo, a supply vessel crosses an oil sheen drifting from the site of the former Taylor Energy oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana. The New Orleans-based company has downplayed the leak's environmental impact, likening it to scores of minor spills and natural seeps that the Gulf routinely absorbs. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Details on fight against decade-long Gulf oil spill to be released under court deal

Details about a chronic oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico will be disclosed as part of the settlement agreement between Taylor Energy and environmental groups.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gestures while speaking at an August town hall meeting. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter) )

Judge approves Christie’s $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil

The deal was criticized by environmental groups and Democrats who control the state Legislature. They say the settlement is just a fraction of the billions of dollars New Jersey should have recovered.
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Senators ask SEC to probe oil companies’ risk disclosure

A dozen Democrats insist oil companies aren’t telling shareholders the gritty reality of their crude pursuits, including the environmental and financial risks of drilling in the Arctic Ocean and other frontier areas.