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An Obama nominee becomes an issue in climate debate

Ron Binz has drawn the ire of coal-industry interests for advocating policies that mining companies said encouraged the conversion of power plants to natural gas.  More »
Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega speaks during a ceremony last month.  (AP Photo/Lucia Silva)

Nicaragua to start exploring for oil in Caribbean

Environmentalists say exploratory drilling in the area will damage the environment,  More »
Then the OPEC president, Chakib Khelil, of Algeria, gestures during an OPEC meeting in Oran, western Algeria in 2008.(AP Photo/Ouahab Hebbat)

Algeria issues arrest warrant for ex-OPEC leader

Algeria has an inquiry into allegations that oil company ENI and subsidiary SAIPEM paid $256.1 million in bribes to secure a $14.6 billion contract with Sonatrach.  More »
This file photo taken April 12, 2005 shows the oil platform Gilda is seen in federal waters in the Santa Barbara Channel off Ventura, Calif.  AP Photo/The Santa Barbara News-Press, Steve Malone, file)

California lawmakers seek probe of hydraulic fracturing offshore

The extent of hydraulic fracturing in the Pacific causes “extreme concern.”  More »
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Mexican left proposes weakening oil union power

Democratic Revolution leader Jesus Zambrano said his party is willing to change some things.  More »
Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada. The fiery explosion killed at least 47 people in Canada in July 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson, File)

Railroad in Quebec tragedy files for bankruptcy

An attorney who represents 30 of the victims’ families accused the chairman of trying to use the legal system to shield his companies from legal responsibility.  More »
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Transocean posts quarterly profit as rigs run more efficiently

Net income was $307 million compared with a net loss of $304 million a year earlier  More »
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Apache unsure of extensions for some Egypt acreage

Egypt’s military removed the country’s president from power in July.  More »
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Shell wins ruling on Arctic oil spill plans

The Interior Department’s approval process wasn’t flawed, a U.S. district judge ruled  More »
A judge appointed former FBI Director Louis Freeh  to investigate whether there have been ethical violations or other misconduct committed by staff for the claims administrator who is doling out money from BP’s Gulf oil spill victims’ settlement. (Associated Press)

BP cites new fraud allegations in spill settlement

BP said Monday that it has uncovered new allegations of fraud and conflicts of interest inside the settlement program that has awarded billions of dollars to Gulf Coast businesses and residents for damage from the company’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

BP says loss on spill appeal could scuttle settlement

The oil company is appealing a ruling by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier.  More »
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Athlon Energy shares soar in IPO

The Fort Worth-based oil and natural gas company raised $315.8 million.  More »