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U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled Sept. 4 that BP acted recklessly and bears most of the responsibility for the 2010 oil spill. The ruling exposes BP to about $18 million in civil fines under the Clean Water Act. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

BP won’t get restitution for spill settlement payments, U.S. Judge Barbier says

The judge said Wednesday that hundreds of millions in settlement payments over the spill will not go back to BP, despite the court’s recalculation of how much some businesses should receive.  More »
Workers stand behind the top of a pump for the hydraulic fracturing process in the Marcellus Shale layer to release natural gas at a site in Claysville, Pa. . (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

GE to give Penn State $10 million for gas drilling center

The Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania is the most productive natural gas field in the country and has led to an energy boom in the state.  More »
After five years waiting for U.S. approval the need for Keystone isn’t as urgent for companies such as Suncor Energy Inc.  (Brent Lewin/Bloomberg)

Suncor looks east to find buyers for Western Canada crude

Suncor Energy Inc., the largest Canadian oil company by market capitalization, loaded its first tanker of heavy crude out of Canada’s eastern coast this week  More »
Ex-billionaire Eike Batista (Jonathan Alcorn/Bloomberg)

Brazilian oil tycoon Batista charged with market manipulation

Eike Batista stepped down as chairman of MPX Energia, part of his conglomerate EBX group, in 2013 after its IPO was called off.  More »
(Tom Reel/San Antonio Express-News)

Cabot snaps up more Eagle Ford acreage for $210M

With the purchase, Cabot Oil & Gas will add about a third to its land position in South Texas.  More »
LyondellBasell may expand its Channelview complex, which makes propylene oxide, styrene monomer and other derivatives.(Courtesy of LyondellBasell)

LyondellBasell may expand Channelview plant

The international chemical giant, operated out of Houston, announced Wednesday that it is evaluating an expansion project to potentially boost the Channelview plant’s ethylene capacity by 550 million pounds per year.  More »
An oil  train goes through Bakersfield, Calif.  (AP Photo/The Bakersfield Californian, Casey Christie)

Producers fighting North Dakota rules on rail safety

Oil producers in the state say the crude oil being loaded on to rail cars is safe, but environmental groups are pushing the North Dakota Industrial Commission to act.  More »
(AP Photo/Matt Houston, File)

Pennsylvania natural gas leaks among worst in nation

Costs to the state to replace the leaky pipes could run in to the billions, according to public utility officials.  More »
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BP says judge’s fact findings should limit its spill liability

BP is arguing in court that certain findings in a federal judge’s recent ruling actually work in its favor.  More »
T. Boone Pickens speaks at the 2014 World LNG Conference on Jan. 22, 2014, in Houston. (Eric Kayne/For the Chronicle)

Panel: Don’t expect high natural gas prices any time soon

Panelists at a Houston energy forum said natural gas prices are likely to stay at relatively low prices because of the surge in production from shale.  More »
(Kamil Porembinski/Flickr)

Injuries reported in blast at Wyoming tank owned by Houston company

Houston-based EOG Resources owns a storage tank where an explosion Tuesday caused injuries but no deaths.  More »
U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.  (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

U.S., California release roadmap for solar projects

“We have amazingly special places here,” U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said.  More »
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