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This photo taken on March 3 and provided by the North Dakota Health Department, shows bags full of radioactive oil filter socks, the nets that strain liquids during the oil production process, piled in an abandoned building in Noonan, North Dakota.  (AP Photo/North Dakota Health Department)

North Dakota to pay for illegal oil waste cleanup

The building’s owner normally would have to pay for the cleanup but he was charged with felony larceny in an unrelated incident and hasn’t been located.  More »
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Oil back below $100 on rising supply

Natural gas lost 12 cents to $4.37 per 1,000 cubic feet.  More »
JPMorgan Chase headquarters in New York.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

JPMorgan selling physical commodities business

The deal would put the commodities business in the hands of Swiss company Mercuria Energy Group.  More »
Left to right, Ecuadorans Guillermo Grefa and Humberto Piaguaje stand with their legal team Steven Donziger and Pablo Fajardo before a news conference in San Francisco, Calif., in 2007. (File Photo:  San Francisco Chronicle)

Lawyer to appeal ruling in Chevron-Ecuador case

The ruling left Steven Donziger with a slimmer chance of securing compensation for rain-forest dwellers in Ecuador’s Lago Agrio area.  More »
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Oil gains most in 2 weeks on U.S. factory data

Benchmark U.S. crude for April delivery gained $1.62 to $99.70.  More »
Tony Blair has proposed a multiyear plan for developing the Palestinian economy.  (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg)

Palestinians seek to drill for oil in West Bank

The project was among a series of initiatives drawn up by Mideast envoy Tony Blair.  More »
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Exxon Mobil sells $5.5 billion of bonds

Exxon Mobil last issued bonds in 1993.  More »
Kurt Mix arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans in December 2013. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Hearing starts in ex-BP engineer’s obstruction case

The judge gave no indication when he would rule.  More »
Coal ash is scooped up on a canoe paddle from the bank of the Dan River as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of a spill of coal ash in Eden, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Emails show ties between Duke, state regulators

Staff exchanged messages discussing “how Duke wants to be sued.”  More »
Antelope graze not far from gas drilling rigs in western Wyoming's Upper Green River Basin. (Photo: Mead Gruver, Associated Press)

Fracturing secrets case back before Wyoming judge

Wyoming was the first state to require disclosure of fracturing fluid ingredients to state regulators.  More »
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Oil drops to below $98 on China economy

China’s drop in exports in February fueled worries of a further slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy.  More »
This photo taken on March 3 and provided by the North Dakota Health Department, shows bags full of radioactive oil filter socks, the nets that strain liquids during the oil production process, piled in an abandoned building in Noonan, North Dakota.  (AP Photo/North Dakota Health Department)

Officials: Cache of illegal oil field waste found

Filter socks, which can become contaminated with naturally occurring radiation, are banned for disposal in North Dakota.  More »
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