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Kurt Mix arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans in December 2013. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Ex-BP engineer destroyed evidence, prosecutor says

Kurt Mix’s criminal case is the first arising from the disaster to go before a jury  More »
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BP wins order stopping some spill payments

“The district court erred by not considering the arguments on causation,” an appellate panel said.  More »
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Chevron resumes search for shale gas in Romania

Thousands of people have rallied across Romania in recent months to protest against government support for shale gas exploration.  More »
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Oil rises on manufacturing numbers from U.S., China

Benchmark U.S. crude rose 1.2 percent to $93.82.  More »
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, right, embraces Brazil's Petrobras President Graca Fortes, during the signing ceremony for the first contract of Brazilian Pre-Salt oil camp, at the Planalto presidential palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday. Brazil has just signed a contract with a consortium of four foreign companies and one Brazilian, for the extraction of its largest oil field to date. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil signs agreement with oil consortium

President Dilma Rousseff says the signing establishes “the basis for a more just and less unequal nation.”  More »
Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)

Park Service withdraws comments on fracturing rule

A congressman said the comments were a “thinly veiled attempt to vilify energy production and hydraulic fracturing on our public lands.”  More »
Refiner-retailer Phillips 66 came in sixth on the latest Fortune 500, and is the highest-ranking Houston company on the magazine's list, which is based on annual revenue. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File)

Deaths of migratory birds lead to $300,000 settlement

Most of the money from the settlement will go to a wildlife rehabilitation center.  More »
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Oil slips, but stays higher for the week

The price of ethanol, which is blended into gasoline, nearly doubled over the past two weeks.  More »
A male sage grouse performs  his "strut." (AP Photo/Rawlins Daily Times, Jerret Raffety, File)

Agency again approves Kinder Morgan’s Ruby Pipeline

Agency officials said they were sticking to their conclusion that mitigation measures are sufficient to offset the environmental impact for a number of species, including the sage grouse.  More »
Patrick Juneau, administrator of the Deepwater Horizon Claims Center. (Houston Chronicle)

BP asks court to order judge to limit spill payments

BP is challenging a decision upholding the interpretation of the agreement by its claims administrator, Patrick Juneau.  More »
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Documents add to New York debate on hydraulic fracturing

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been criticized for not lifting a longstanding moratorium against the drilling technique.  More »
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Oil rises as U.S. jobs market signals recovery

Crude had its highest closing price this month.  More »