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The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

New offshore safety rules would make drilling some wells too difficult, industry lobbyists tell White House

More than a dozen oil companies and drilling contractors joined leading industry trade groups in pushing back against proposed federal mandates for offshore wells they say would make some impossible to drill. The proposed requirements were spurred by the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Tar is removed from the coastline that remained closed on Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Long Beach, Calif., after tar balls washed ashore. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Plains All American lab tests show oil from pipeline spill spread along hundreds of miles of California coastline

Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline released a summary of the lab tests on Friday, as state and federal lawmakers intensified their scrutiny of the company’s ruptured Line 901 and the oil spill near Santa Barbara last month.
Refineries expanding for the first time in years run the risk of cost overruns because they lack the in-house experience to manage the projects.

PBF Energy snaps up Gulf Coast refinery for $322 million

PBF Energy on Thursday announced plans to spend $322 million to buy a refinery and pipelines outside of New Orleans in a deal that gives the company a new footprint in the booming Gulf Coast refining corridor.
A member of Exxon Mobil's cleanup crew is reflected in water and oil in a drainage ditch along State Highway 365 in Mayflower, Ark., Monday, April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Log Cabin Democrat, Courtney Spradlin)

Exxon Mobil firms to pay nearly $5M for Arkansas oil spill

Assistant Attorney General John Cruden said the company did not admit liability as part of the agreement.
Clean up crews use an absorbent boom to collect oil from along side the Yellowstone River in Laurel, Mont., Monday July 4, 2011. An Exxon Mobil pipeline near Laurel ruptured, spilling crude oil into the Yellowstone. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)

Exxon finishes $1.3 million in work from 2011 Montana spill

The Texas oil giant paid for emergency training for local responders, fisheries improvement projects on the river and new leak detection equipment for the state.
(AP Photo/Log Cabin Democrat, Courtney Spradlin)

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit targeting Exxon over Arkansas oil spill

It’s unknown whether the plaintiffs plan to appeal.
(AP Photo/Log Cabin Democrat, Courtney Spradlin)

Arkansas homes still for sale after oil spill

The oil giant’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured in March 2013, spilling thousands of gallons of oil into an Arkansas community.
(AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani, File)

Iraq’s biggest oil plant to reopen after militants ousted

Iraqi troops will expel the militants from areas near a pipeline supplying the refinery 130 miles north of Baghdad.
Michael O'Mara

Halliburton-Baker Hughes deal would rank among top 20 energy deals of last 20 years

Data shows that the 20 biggest oil and gas deals of the last century have all been announced since 1998.
Fracking opponents want Gov. Jerry Brown to ban the controversial practice in California. (Liz Hafalia/San Francisco Chronicle)

3 California counties voting on fracking bans

Chevron, ExxonMobil and other oil companies have donated about $7 million to try to defeat the fracking bans in Santa Barbara, San Benito and Monterey counties.