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In this photo taken Jan. 12,  crews dig up land at a saltwater spill site near Blacktail Creek outside Williston, N.D. A North Dakota health official called the 70,000 barrel spill the state's largest during the state's current oil boom. (AP Photo/Williston Herald, Zack Nelson)

Pipeline not state-inspected before saltwater leak

An official says it’s too early to tell whether the largest saltwater spill in recent state history could’ve been prevented with inspection because the cause remains unclear.  More »
In this photo taken Jan. 12,  crews dig up land at a saltwater spill site near Blacktail Creek outside Williston, N.D. A North Dakota health official called the 70,000 barrel spill the state's largest during the state's current oil boom. (AP Photo/Williston Herald, Zack Nelson)

Barriers set up, water tested at site of North Dakota spill

The berms were built to prevent potentially contaminated water from flowing into a bigger body of water that eventually leads into the Missouri River.  More »
A rally against gas drilling is held in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale formation Tuesday, June 7, 2011 in Harrisburg, Pa.  (AP Photo/Bradley C. Bower)

Gas drilling watchdog group settles suit over terror listing

The gas drilling coalition’s lawsuit said the bulletins characterized it as a potential threat to infrastructure without evidence.  More »
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Crude rebounds as U.S. drilling slows

West Texas Intermediate for March delivery gained $1.31, or 2.8 percent, to close at $47.78 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.  More »
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (R) speaks with Mexican Finance Secretary Luis Videgaray  in Washington this month. Videgaray said Thursday it is likely oil bidding will be delayed for so-called unconventional exploration projects. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Mexico considers delaying some oil exploration bidding

Global oil prices have plummeted, including Mexican crude.  More »
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Oil falls as OPEC reduces demand forecast

WTI for February delivery fell $2.23, or 4.6 percent, to end at $46.25 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.  More »
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Crude prices rise but bear market may not be over

WTI for February delivery rose $2.59 to settle at $48.48 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.  More »
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U.S. aims to cut methane emissions by nearly half

A preliminary plan — expected to be unveiled this week — aims to cut emissions 40-45 percent by 2025.  More »
Ol sands - a mixture of clay, sand and bitumen -- are removed from a Suncor mine in Alberta, Canada. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Alberta likely to face recession because of low oil prices

Alberta has the world’s third-largest oil reserves after Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, and Canadian oil is the single largest source of U.S. oil imports  More »
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Mexico’s Pemex proposes to import U.S. crude

Pemex said it would simply trade heavier Mexican crude for light U.S. oil.  More »
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Crude rebounds amid strong U.S. refinery demand

WTI for February delivery increased 72 cents to settle at $48.65 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.  More »
Transocean's Discoverer Inspiration drills a test well for Chevron in the Gulf of Mexico St. Malo field. (Transocean)

Transocean’s $9.1 billion debt may be cut to junk status

Junk status would increase costs if the company orders more rigs in the future.  More »
Oil field workers in 2012  drill into the Gypsum Hills near Medicine Lodge, Kan.   U.S. Steel said Tuesday it will lay off about 750 employees from two plants that make tubular steel, which is used in oil and gas drilling(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

U.S. Steel to lay off 142 in Houston

The workers make steel pipes and tubes used in drilling for oil and gas as well as construction.  More »
A flag flies otuside the headquarters building of XTO Energy Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S., on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009. (Matt Nager/Bloomberg)

Exxon Mobil affiliate to pay $2.3 million for pollution

XTO Energy denies any liability for claims in the complaint. Regulators say XTO polluted waterways with natural gas drilling in West Virginia.  More »
Oil field workers drill into the Gypsum Hills near Medicine Lodge, Kan., in 2012. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

Oil-price drop rattles smaller operators in Kansas

Plunging crude prices are hitting oil producers especially hard in places like Kansas, where the industry is dominated by smaller, independent operators who depend more heavily on the cash flow from producing wells to pay for drilling new ones.  More »
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