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Oil flat despite U.S., China factory strength

It is the fourth day in a row of declines and the sixth decline in the last seven trading days.  More »
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California wind farm won’t have eagle death penalties

The Shiloh IV Wind Project will receive a special permit allowing up to five golden eagles to be accidentally killed, harmed or disturbed over five years.  More »
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Nigerian fishermen reject Shell’s $50 million

Shell already accepts responsibility for paying compensation and cleaning up spills caused by its own failures.  More »
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Oil gains as Iraq violence weighs on supply fears

The price of U.S. benchmark crude for July delivery rose 46 cents to $106.43 per barrel.  More »
Kurt Mix arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans in December 2013. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Prosecutors get time to decide on retrial for former BP engineer

The judge ruled last week that Kurt Mix was entitled to a new trial on an obstruction-of-justice charge because of juror misconduct in his 2013 trial.  More »
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

Canada OKs oil pipeline to the Pacific Coast

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been a staunch supporter of Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline after the U.S. delayed a decision on TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline,  More »
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Shell to sell stake in Australia’s Woodside for $5 billion

Shell flagged last year that it would eventually sell its 23 percent holding in Australia’s second-largest oil and gas producer because it was no longer strategic.  More »
Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich. (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Paul Tople)

Drilling states explore earthquake issue

In 2012, Gov. John Kasich halted disposal of fracturing wastewater surrounding a well site after a series of earthquakes later tied to a deep-injection well.  More »
Vladimir Putin, Russia's president. (Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

Ukraine rejects Putin’s offer of gas discounts

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia was offering the discount as a “partnership deal.”  More »
In this photo released by Vietnam Coast Guard, a Chinese ship, left, shoots water cannon at a Vietnamese vessel, right, while a Chinese Coast Guard ship, center, sails alongside in the South China Sea, off Vietnam's coast, in May. (AP Photo/Vietnam Coast Guard)

Vietnam urges China to withdraw oil drilling rig

The escalation in tensions is the most serious in years between Vietnam and its massive northern neighbor, which claims nearly all of the South China Sea.  More »
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OPEC ministers signal output to remain on hold

Nany of the 12 OPEC members are at their production capacity limits.  More »
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Deal may spur drilling in Mississippi, Louisiana

Halcón Resources has leased 314,000 acres in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale.  More »