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Fire crews sprayed water on the blazing remnants of BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (AP file)

BP Gulf oil spill discussions continue, U.S. official says

Discussions between the U.S. Justice Department and companies involved in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill are continuing after a $7.8 billion agreement between BP Plc and businesses and individuals harmed by the spill, Assistant Attorney General Tony West said today.  More »
Former U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, of Texas A&M University, speaks during a CERAWeek panel on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at the Hilton-Americas hotel in Houston. (Photo: Nick de la Torre/Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek conference to focus on energy policy

Energy policy will dominate the election-year program at the annual CERAWeek energy conference, which begins Monday at the Hilton Americas-Houston downtown.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on his tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation Pennsylvania. (Keith Srakocic/AP)

EPA heightens scrutiny of Pa.’s Marcellus Shale

Tugging on rubber gloves, a laboratory worker kneels before a gushing spigot behind Kim Grosso’s house and positions an empty bottle under the clear, cold stream. The process is repeated dozens of times as bottles are filled, marked and packed into coolers.  More »

A driver fills up his vehicle at a compressed natural gas station.  (AP file photo/Douglas C. Pizac)

GM to sell pickups with option to burn CNG

General Motors Co. (GM), the world’s largest automaker, plans to begin taking orders in April on pickups that run on both gasoline and compressed natural gas, potentially reducing costs for users.  More »
An Iranian oil worker repairs a pipe at an oil refinery in Tehran, Iran. The latest U.S. sanctions to be imposed on Iran have not only unveiled the depth of the country's economic woes, but exposed new fault lines within the government just two months before parliamentary elections that should bolster the control of the ruling clerics. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Iran may halt oil sales to three more EU members

Iran will probably stop sales of crude to Belgium, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands, the state-run Mehr news agency reported, without saying where it obtained the information.  More »
Oil swirls in a small eddy in a back channel of the Yellowstone River near Laurel, Mont., in 2011.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson,File)

$1.6M Exxon-Montana oil spill settlement finalized

Montana officials have finalized a $1.6 million settlement with Exxon Mobil over an oil pipeline break that spilled 1,500 barrels of crude into the scenic Yellowstone River.  More »
Mike Walsh, owner of King Koin Launderette and Car Wash stands in front of his washing machines on Feb. 22, 2012 in Bismarck, N.D.   Oil field clothes can tear up a washing machine. Several laundry businesses have had to close their doors to workers but others are building their businesses around the boom.    (AP Photo/The Bismarck Tribune, Mike McCleary )

Some North Dakota laundries ban oil field clothes

Oil field clothes can tear up a washing machine. Several laundry businesses have had to close their doors to workers but others are building their businesses around the boom.  More »
Craig Sautner, a resident of Dimock, Pa., holds a jug of contaminated water outside a September EPA meeting on hydraulic fracturing in New York. (Photo: AP/Press & Sun-Bulletin)

EPA testing in Dimock, Pa., feeds drilling debate

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s testing of scores of water wells will give residents of a small northeastern Pennsylvania village a snapshot of the aquifer they rely on for drinking, cooking and bathing.  More »
A unicyclist rides pass a gasoline pricing sign in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Americans spread blame for gas prices, poll finds

Americans spread the blame for rising gasoline prices among a range of causes, according to a new poll, with President Obama and the oil companies leading a crowded pack.  More »
(Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle)

Winds of fortune sweep West Texas

Every workday before sunrise, 10 BP workers gather on a West Texas sheep farm for morning calisthenics.  More »
(AP Photo/US Coast Guard, File)

More claims ahead for BP, despite $7.8 billion spill settlement

BP’s dea with those who suffered medical or economic damages in the 2010 Gulf oil spill leaves the company facing environmental claims for which state and federal governments will demand billions more.  More »
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns on April 21, 2010 after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/Gerald Herbert)

Steffy: BP settlement may raise questions for victims’ families

Business columnist Loren Steffy talks with Katherine Rodriquez, whose father died at BP’s Texas City refinery, about a tentative settlement over the Deepwater Horizon case.  More »
President Barack Obama (AP file)

Obama, GOP face off on gas prices in weekly addresses

President Obama and the GOP chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee squared off over gasoline prices in dueling weekly addresses that rehashed the recent back-and-forth over rising costs at the pump.  More »
(Photo: Mike Hill)

The interplay between oil, gas drilling and conservation

A White House conference Friday on the Obama administration’s conservation efforts underscored the touchy ecological and environmental issues associated with oil and gas development, both onshore and offshore. One of them is the potential listing of the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species.  More »
This image provided by BP's spillcam on June 6, 2010 shows oil leaking out of the Macondo well head in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/BP)

BP, plaintiffs reach spill $7.8 billion settlement

A federal judge says BP and a committee representing plaintiffs suing over the 2010 Gulf oil spill reached an $8 billion agreement Friday night.  More »