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Cleanup vessels are surrounded by a sheen on the water in the Port of Galveston on Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Galveston, Texas. Dozens of ships are in evolved in clean-up efforts to remove oil that spilled into Galveston Bay after a ship and barge collided near the Texas City dike on Saturday afternoon. ( Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle )

How the Galveston Bay oil spill affected gasoline prices

Nationally, unleaded gasoline sold for an average of just over $3.53 per gallon Tuesday, according to AAA, up less than a penny from the day before the spill.  More »
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Top 10 states with highest and lowest gasoline prices

In Texas is getting to pricey for you, there are only nine other states that offer a better deal for drivers. Here’s your guide to the states that offer the highest and lowest prices for a gallon of regular gasoline.  More »
The LNG carrier, a tank ship designed for transporting liquefied natural gas, is towed into port. (Lex Van Lieshout, Getty Images)

European leaders plead for more natural gas exports

Natural gas export boosters have seized on the Ukraine crisis to leverage plans to accelerate U.S. government approvals to sell more of the fossil fuel overseas. But now that the Senate is tackling a $1 billion Ukraine aid package, the zeal to act immediately may be cooling.  More »
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BP's Whiting Refinery is seen along the shore of Lake Michigan on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Whiting, Ind. BP says it is assessing how much crude oil entered Lake Michigan following a malfunction at its northwestern Indiana refinery. (AP Photo/The Times, Kyle Telechan)

BP, feds cleaning up oil spill in Lake Michigan

The London oil company traced the oil leak to a glitch at its 1,400-acre Whiting facility on Monday afternoon. There were no injuries and the crude has stopped leaking, the company said.  More »
A crew makes its way to the shore from the site of the wrecked barge that leaked fuel into the Houston Ship Channel, Saturday, just off of the Texas City dike Monday, March 24, 2014, in Texas City.  ( Karen Warren / Houston Chronicle  )

Houston Ship Channel reopens after oil spill

The prospect that at least some vessels soon may resume travel through the Houston Ship Channel eased worries that an oil spill Saturday will threaten productivity from area refineries.  More »
(AP Photo/Skagit Valley Herald, Scott Terrell)

New York calls for federal spill response plans amid rail accidents

New York officials asked the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to update a contingency plan for dealing with oil spills amid the rapid expansion of rail shipments of crude oil from North Dakota across New York to coastal refineries.  More »
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Natural gas exports get scrutiny on Capitol Hill

The spotlight is trained on natural gas exports Tuesday as three congressional committees and the full Senate debate whether to send send more of the fossil fuel overseas.  More »
A BP Plc company logo stands illuminated on a sign on the forecourt of a gas station in London. (Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg)

Kremlin partnership places BP at risk in Russia crisis

No business has as much at stake as BP Plc, as the crisis in the West’s relations with Russia escalates.  More »
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Mexico detains oil executive for possible fraud

Mexican authorities have detained the owner of a Mexican oil services company who allegedly defrauded Citigroup of up to $400 million and may have used his professional soccer team to launder money, a top official said Monday.  More »
Scooter Foreman, left, Apache Corp. water development foreman; Armando Galvan, pumper; and Grant DeFosse, senior staff production engineer, inspect a valve on the system of hoses and pipes that moves water around the Barnhart area in Irion County, Texas. Apache has eliminated the need for fresh water in well completions at Barnhart, an active area for development of the Wolfcamp Shale in West Texas. (Apache Corp.)

A dash of saltwater could make fracturing more palatable

In a part of Texas where freshwater is especially precious, some oil and gas producers are learning to do without it in their hydraulic fracturing.  More »
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Oil down as factory data, sanctions risk weighed

Oil prices edged slightly lower on Tuesday as soft factory data from China and the U.S. balanced the threat of sanctions against Russia following its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.  More »
Pipelines run from the offshore docking station to four liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanks at the Dominion Resources Inc. Liquefied Natural Gas facility in Cove Point, Md. (AP Photo/Matt Houston, File)

Obama administration grants approval for more US natural gas exports

The Energy Department on Monday authorized exports from a sixth LNG export project, as pressure builds on the Obama administration to speed up approvals of plans to sell U.S. natural gas overseas.  More »
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