A crew works on a Marcellus Shale drilling rig to produce natural gas. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

NY comptroller: Cabot to reduce fracking risk

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The trustee of New York’s $150.1 billion pension fund has reached an agreement with Cabot Oil and Gas Corp. to disclose what it’s doing to reduce risks of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
Marathon Oil raises its flag over the Texas City refinery. (Marathon Oil)

BP completes $2.4B sale of Texas City refinery

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British oil giant BP said Friday it has completed the sale of its Texas City refinery, where a 2005 explosion killed 15 workers, and other assets to Marathon Petroleum Corp. for roughly $2.4 billion.
(Photo: Brian Turner/Flickr)

U.S. seeks to lift BP attorney privilege on spill papers

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BP Plc (BP/)’s exploration unit no longer has legal grounds to withhold from the U.S. documents detailing its calculations for the oil flow rate during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill, prosecutors said.
(Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Ky. coal company sues worker who had safety worry

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The federal agency that oversees mine safety claims a western Kentucky coal company broke the law by filing a lawsuit against a former worker who complained about unsafe working conditions.
Categories: Coal, Legal issues
The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico on April 21, 2010, the day after the blowout of BP's Macondo well. (Associate Press photo)

Guilty: BP admits to causing deaths in spill disaster

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BP has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the deaths of 11 rig workers who died when its Macondo well blew out in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
(Photo: Brian Turner/Flickr)

Ecuador judge alleges $500,000 bribe in Chevron case

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A former judge in the environmental lawsuit against Chevron Corp. in Ecuador now says the plaintiffs agreed to pay a $500,000 bribe in order to win the $19 billion case.
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier (Bloomberg News)

Some parties appeal spill settlement ruling

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At least eight groups of Gulf Coast fishermen, businesses and property owners have filed appeals challenging a New Orleans judge’s approval of a settlement with BP of claims arising from the 2010 oil spill.
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ExxonMobil grills key state witness in pollution trial

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Countering claims that ExxonMobil polluted New Hampshire’s groundwater with a gasoline additive, the oil company’s attorney tried to show in court that a state witness’s research indicates that the chemical’s levels decline naturally.
The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico on April 21, 2010, the day after the blowout of BP's Macondo well. (Associate Press photo)

Steffy: Rig survivor wants day in court before BP deal approved

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Amid the emotional outpouring from families of those who died aboard the Deepwater Horizon is a simple request that U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance needs to grant before she approves BP’s record criminal settlement later this month.
The Ain Amenas gas field in Algeria, where Islamist militants raided and took hostages Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Kjetil Alsvik, Statoil via NTB scanpix)

Feds: Americans remain hostage at Algeria natural gas facility

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A State Department spokeswoman said Friday that hostages are still being held, but did not provide details on the condition of any of them, including a Houston engineer who was among the captives.