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Kurt Mix (center) arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.  (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

U.S. appeals granting of new trial to ex-BP engineer

Prosecutors accused Kurt Mix of deliberately deleting text messages about the amount of oil flowing from BP’s Macondo well after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion.  More »
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The Gulf of Mexico dead zone, linked indirectly to ethanol production, should be smaller this year, but still about the size of Connecticut.

Gulf dead zone should be smaller than 2013, tied to ethanol production

The annual Gulf of Mexico dead zone — which scientists tie to Midwest agriculture including ethanol production — is expected to be slightly smaller than last year but still around 5,000 square miles.  More »
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Oil price falls 2 percent, biggest drop since April

U.S. crude for August delivery fell $2.10 cents to close at $100.83 a barrel.  More »
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Oil rises for first time in 2 weeks

Crude for August delivery gained 64 cents to $102.93 a barrel.  More »
A line of trucks wait to help clean up the site of a saltwater spill, Thursday near Mandaree, N.D. It could take weeks to clean up after a pipeline leaked 1 million gallons of saltwater on an oil-producing reservation in the heart of North Dakota's booming oil patch, with some of the byproduct finding its way to a bay that connects to the reservation's main source of drinking water, company and tribal officials say. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)

EPA trying to confirm N. Dakota spill didn’t reach lake

EPA said most of the spill was pooled on the ground, soaked into the soil and held behind beaver dams.  More »
KiOR's facility in Columbus, Miss. (KiOR)

KiOR hires investment bank to explore sale

KiOR, based in Pasadena, announced it had hired Guggenheim Partners  More »
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Global oil demand will increase in 2015, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said Thursday.

OPEC: As U.S. production surges, global oil demand to grow in 2015

Global oil demand is projected to grow in 2015 as the world economy continues to recover but with U.S. production surging, demand for oil from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will continue to slide, the oil producer’s group announced Thursday.  More »
A gas station attendant pumps gas, in Portland, Ore.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Report: motorists to spend slightly more on gas this summer

The government’s Energy Information Administration forecasts regular gasoline retail prices to average $3.66 per gallon from April through September, about 2 percent more than the same time in 2013.  More »
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Oil on 2-week slide even with Mideast turmoil

The prolonged drop could lead to lower gasoline prices for U.S. drivers in the weeks ahead.  More »
Firefighters battle a blaze caused this week by a lightning strike at a saltwater disposal facility near Alexander, N.D. In just over a month, lightning strikes have destroyed three of the state's more than 440 saltwater disposal facilities. Saltwater is a byproduct of oil production. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)

Lightning hits 3rd North Dakota saltwater facility

In tanks, the mix of gas and oil that comes with the saltwater can be volatile.  More »
Robert Kaluza, a BP well site leader from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, talks with his attorneys Shaun Clarke, left, and David Gerger, right, as they enter Federal Court before he is arraigned on manslaughter charges in New Orleans on  Nov. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Court examines charges in 2010 BP disaster deaths

There is no indication when the court panel will rule.  More »
An artist's rendering shows the  industry-backed Pipeline Research Council International's  $10 million Technology Development Center in Northwest Houston,  scheduled for completion early in 2015. (Pipeline Research Council International photo)

$10 million pipeline research center to open in Houston

An industry-supported research center under construction in Houston will provide facilities for testing and evaluating pipelines in a move to reduce sometimes-disastrous ruptures.  More »