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U.S. Coast Guard image showing the Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig Kulluk aground off a small island near Kodiak Island on Jan. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)

Feds rap Shell for poor planning in botched tow of 2012 Arctic drilling rig

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The NTSB report comes at a pivotal time for Shell, which has asked federal regulators for permission to resume exploratory oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea as soon as July.
(Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg)

Fatal explosion came during maintenance work

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The fatal explosion came nearly six months after federal drilling regulators warned that the facility had failed to maintain all equipment in a safe condition so as to ensure the protection of the lease and associated facilities.
David  Rainey,   (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Ex-BP exec can be tried for obstructing Congress

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A federal appeals court in New Orleans says a former BP executive can be tried on a charge that he obstructed a Congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
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Report: Chemical Safety Board in disarray, fostering abusive work environment

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A probe has found that the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is in turmoil and failing to fulfill its investigative duties for serious accidents at refineries and chemical plants, according to Reuters.
Joaquin Almunia, competition commissioner for the European Union. Antitrust Commissioner Almunia, has refused to speculate about the prospects of the investigation. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Investigators seek breakthrough a year after EU raided Big Oil

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Twelve months after raiding oil companies and Platts in a hunt for evidence of possible manipulation of price benchmarks, European Union officials are looking for a breakthrough.
A electric pumping unit removes crude oil from a  well outside South Heart, North Dakota. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Chronicle investigation: Peril in the oil patch

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The drilling boom in Texas’ oil and natural gas fields has brought jobs and prosperity, but extracted a bloody human toll.
(Eddie Seal/Bloomberg)

Fracking boom leaves Texans under toxic cloud (video)

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Texas’ air monitoring system is so flawed that the state knows almost nothing about the extent of the pollution in the Eagle Ford and companies that break the law are rarely fined, according to an investigation published this week by InsideClimate News.
A Tesoro Corp. refinery, including a gas flare that is part normal plant operations, is shown Friday, April 2, 2010, in Anacortes, Wash. (AP file photo/Ted S. Warren)

Investigators delay finalizing report on fatal Tesoro refinery blast

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The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has delayed finalizing its investigative report into an April 2010 explosion that killed seven workers at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, prompting criticism from its own members and others.
BP CEO Bob Dudley speaks at an energy conference in Houston. (Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle)

BP asks court to suspend seafood payments for fraud probe

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BP Plc asked a U.S. judge to stop payments in the $2.3 billion seafood-industry portion of its settlement over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, pending an investigation of a fraud claim against a plaintiffs’ attorney.
Commercial vessels spray water on the fire aboard the West Delta 32 production platform. (Coast Guard photo)

Feds cite Houston firm, contractors in fatal Gulf blast

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A federal agency alleges that safety deficiencies by a Houston company and its contractors led to the deaths of three oil platform workers in an explosion last year.