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U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier (Bloomberg News)

Judge rejects BP bid to halt Gulf spill payments

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier denied BP’s request without an explanation.  More »
David  Rainey, a former BP vice president during the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, leaves Federal Court after being arraigned on obstruction of a federal investigation in New Orleans in November 2012.   (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Travel restriction eased for former BP executive

David Raine is now an executive with BHP Billiton Petroleum.  More »
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Oil rises on solid gain in U.S. hiring

But crude ended the week with a loss of 1 cent.  More »
Canadian Natural Resource Minister Joe Oliver applauded the decision. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Canada regulator approves reversing pipeline flow

The board’s decision allows Enbridge to move 300,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Sarnia, Ontario, to Montreal.  More »
During President Obama's live-streamed virtual town hall about health care Thursday, users tuning in through www.whitehouse.gov were shown a pro-Keystone XL ad from the American Petroleum Institute.

Keystone XL ad visible on White House website

The ad urges viewers to tell the president to approve the pipeline.  More »
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Oil up slightly; natural gas jumps

Natural gas gained 14 cents to $4.66 per 1,000 cubic feet.  More »
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Grid operator says 4 new plants will ease demand

Peak demand this summer is expected to exceed 68,000 megawatts.  More »
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Oil down as Ukraine fears ease, U.S. supplies rise

U.S. crude for April delivery dropped $1.88 to close at $101.45 a barrel.  More »
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Exxon Mobil to cut spending this year

The company says it will reduce capital spending by 6 percent.  More »
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Oil drops as Putin comments cool Ukraine tension

U.S. crude for April delivery fell $1.59 to $103.33 a barrel.  More »
BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie speaks at the IHS CERAWeek energy conference in Houston on March 4, 2014. (Mayra Beltran/Houston Chronicle)

Energy CEO: Climate change is real, driven by humans

BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Maxkenzie, who leads the world’s largest mining company, said that climate change is real and driven by human activity during remarks Tuesday at the annual CERAWeek conference in Houston.  More »
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BP must live with spill settlement terms, court rules

BP must resume paying millions of dollars in business-loss claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans said.  More »
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