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U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier (Bloomberg News)

Judge rejects BP bid to halt Gulf spill payments

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier denied BP’s request without an explanation.  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)

Senate panel to consider opening US gas exports amid Ukraine crisis

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set to vote as early as Wednesday on a plan to accelerate exports of U.S. natural gas as part of a broader measure to steer aid to Ukraine.  More »
Welders work on a joint between two sections of pipe during construction of Keystone XL's southern leg in Prague, Oklahoma. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

TransCanada makes final appeal for Keystone XL

Keystone XL is the safest and most environmentally sound way to transport Canadian and North Dakota oil to Gulf Coast refineries, TransCanada Corp., said in its last-ditch appeal for the pipeline’s approval. The Calgary-based company’s assertions joined more than 100,000 comments filed with the State Department, as it weighs whether Keystone XL is in the “national interest.”  More »
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Wayne Knox, a contractor for TransCanada's Keystone XL project, looks at a pipe before it's lowered into the ground in Wood County, Texas, in 2012. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Keystone XL southern leg having major effect on US oil hub

The southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline has drained supplies of oil at the hub of Cushing, Okla., to their lowest levels in more than two years, according to a federal report released Tuesday.  More »
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Moody’s: Many US energy companies on investors’ hit list

Activist investors are getting impatient with oil producers who have redirected large investments from U.S. shale gas to liquid plays, building out projects that often take years to become profitable, according to Moody’s Investors Service.  More »
House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.? (Billy Smith II/Houston Chronicle)

Republicans may try to speed gas exports, Keystone approval

House Republicans are considering legislation that would force the Department of Energy to hurry its approval process for liquefied natural gas export facilities, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy said Monday in Houston.  More »
Then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens to a question during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 23, 2013. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Clinton Keystone dodge prompts donors to rethink support

Wealthy Democratic environmentalists are considering withholding support for a 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential bid unless she reassures them about their top priority: Killing the Keystone XL pipeline.  More »
An oil refinery in Cape Town, South Africa. (Schalk van Zuydam/AP Photo)

South Africa oil-stake demand risks derailing new industry

South Africa’s plans to muscle in on new oil and gas ventures threaten to derail a fledgling industry, undermining state efforts to safeguard energy security and curtail imports.  More »
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Lukoil considers investments in Russian wind farms

OAO Lukoil may turn to Russia for future renewable energy projects as its units in Bulgaria and Romania are hurt by subsidy reductions.  More »
Police scuffle with protesters demonstrating in opposition to the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, Monday, March 10, 2014, as they block a door to the federal building in Philadelphia. The protestors say the pipeline would contribute to global warming. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Keystone XL activists arrested in Philly (photos)

Dozens of environmentalists blocked entrances to a federal office building Monday in Philadelphia to protest the Keystone XL oil pipeline and police arrested at least 24 people, organizers said.  More »
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New acid accident burns 2 workers at Tesoro refinery in Calif.

Two contractors doing maintenance work at a Tesoro Corp.’s refinery in California suffered burns Monday when they were splashed with sulfuric acid, an accident that occurred in the same processing unit where two employees were burned by acid last month, officials said.  More »
M. Breen Haire

Akin Gump and Simpson Thacher hire energy partners from competitors

By Mark Curriden Texas Lawbook It pays off for lawyers to be professional with the counsel across the table in a big transaction. Two major law firms – Simpson Thacher & Barlett and Akin Gump – said Monday they are expanding their corporate energy practices in Houston by hiring partners from competitor law firms. In […]  More »
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