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Ecuador judge says Chevron ruling was his own work

Chevron claims in a racketeering case that the plaintiffs in the environmental case won the ruling through bribery and fraud.  More »
(Daniel Acker/Bloomberg file)

Company applies to build pipeline from North Dakota

Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge Energy is proposing the 612-mile Sandpiper pipeline.  More »
Commissioner Bart Chilton said the proposal would be “unassailable in court, good for markets and good for consumers.” (Brendan Hoffman /: Bloomberg file)

Agency again proposes limits on futures trading

The latest proposal restricts trading volume of futures contracts for 28 commodities, from corn and oil to metals and frozen orange juice.  More »
The Coast Guard says barge companies are interested in taking shale gas wastewater to disposal sites in Texas and Louisiana. (AP file photo/Paducah Sun, John Wampler)

Proposal would allow shale gas waste on barges

The Coast Guard is seeking public comments .  More »
Encana CEO Doug Suttles. (AP file photo/Cheryl Gerber)

Encana to cut its workforce by 20 percent

Encana will close its office in Plano, Texas, and spin off a large portion of its Alberta assets into a new public company.  More »
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)

Venezuela’s government seizes U.S.-owned oil rigs

The oil rigs are owned by a unit of Houston-based Superior Energy Services.  More »
Cleanup continues at the site of an oil pipeline leak and spill north of Tioga, N.D. (Kevin Cederstrom/AP)

Lightning may have caused North Dakota oil spill

A farmer discovered the spill in a wheat field the northwest corner of the state in late September.  More »
Oil swirls in a small eddy in a back channel of the Yellowstone River near Laurel, Mont., in 2011.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson,File)

Montana, feds to seek damages from Exxon Mobil spill

The Silvertip pipeline broke near during flooding in July 2011, releasing 63,000 gallons of oil that washed up along an 85-mile stretch of a scenic river.  More »
Oil Barrel

Oil posts gain, but still finishes week with loss

Oil ended the week down $2.96 a barrel, or 2.9 percent, largely due to concerns among traders that the market is oversupplied.  More »
(Photo: Patricia Santos, Associated Press)

Large oil reserves discovered in Brazil

The reserves are off the coast of the northeastern state of Sergipe.  More »
Oil flows out of the top of the transition spool, which was placed into the gushing Macondo wellhead at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in July 2010. AP Photo/BP PLC, File)

Phase of trial wraps up over estimates of BP oil spill

U.S District Judge Carl Barbier did not say when he will rule.  More »
(Image: Fotolia)

Oil rises slightly, boost from China growth fades

For the week, oil finished with a loss of $1.21, or 1.2 percent.  More »