Chevron hired an investment banker to gauge buyer interest in its Hawaiian operations.
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State: Chevron to pay $1.8 million in settlement

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Chevron Corp. has paid Utah $1.8 million in a settlement reached after the state claimed the oil company collected money from a cleanup fund meant only for firms without insurance, state officials said.
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PUC votes to move forward with smart meter opt-out proposal

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The Public Utility Commission has voted to move forward with developing a proposal to allow for people to opt out of having smart meters installed at their homes.
Oil gushes from BP's Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico on July 12, 2010. (AP Photo/BP)

Court approves BP’s $525M SEC settlement in Gulf disaster case

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A federal judge has approved BP’s $525 million settlement of Securities and Exchange Commission violations stemming from statements the company made about the amount of oil flowing from its blown-out well following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster.
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Judge holds hearing on TransCanada pipeline halt

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An East Texas judge is to hear arguments from the Keystone XL oil pipeline developer to lift a temporary halt on construction on a private property.
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)

Judge: Victims of Gulf disaster can weigh in on BP plea deal

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A federal judge is giving victims of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico a chance to weigh in on whether the court should accept an agreement between BP and the U.S. government under which the British oil giant would plead guilty to manslaughter and other criminal charges and pay a multibillion dollar fine.
A supply vessel moves near an oil rig damaged by an explosion and fire, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, in the Gulf of Mexico about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La. Four people were transported to a hospital with critical burns and two were missing. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

After spill, offshore enforcement remains murky

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Nearly three years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the government agency that oversees offshore energy development still uses an opaque and unwieldy enforcement process that appears to give companies more leverage than the regulators policing them.
Crewmen work a site where a pipe for TransCanada's Keystone XL project is lowered into the ground in Wood County, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Winnsboro. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

TransCanada will fight order to halt Keystone XL work

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A Texas judge has ordered TransCanada to halt work temporarily on a private property where it is building part of an oil pipeline designed to carry tar sands oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast.
Mickal Vogt of Covington, La., uses a stick to place tar balls in a jar that washed up on the shore in Orange Beach, Ala., Saturday, June 12, 2010. Large amounts of the oil battered the Alabama coast, leaving deposits of the slick mess some 4-6 inches thick on the beach in some parts. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Judge delays trial for former BP exec charged in Gulf disaster case

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A federal judge has postponed the trial of a former BP executive charged with obstruction of Congress stemming from statements he made about the amount of oil that was flowing from a blown-out well following the deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster.
This image provided by BP's spillcam on June 6, 2010 shows oil leaking out of the Macondo well head in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/BP)

Former BP exec wants trial delay in Gulf disaster criminal case

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A former BP executive charged with obstruction of Congress stemming from statements he made about the amount of oil that was flowing from a blow-out well following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster is seeking to delay his criminal trial.
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Another judge steps down from Gulf disaster criminal case

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Another federal judge has stepped aside from hearing the case of two BP well-site leaders charged with manslaughter in the deaths of 11 rig workers who were killed when the Deepwater Horizon exploded off Louisiana in 2010.