Energy companies exploring North Dakota’s Bakken shale formation for oil need more field crews amid a labor shortage that left hundreds of wells awaiting hydraulic fracturing, a state official said. More »
U.S. officials say a former BP executive was paid $107,000 a month to do consulting for a company lawyer, but allege the money may have been designed to influence her testimony during a deposition in litigation over the Gulf oil spill. More »
A group representing residents of a community where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has speculated that hydraulic fracturing may have contaminated their groundwater criticized Wyoming state officials for the first time, saying they’re siding with the petroleum industry at the expense of those who have to live with polluted water. More »
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that oil companies shouldn’t face criminal charges for the deaths of a half-dozen ducks in waste disposal pits, saying that prosecutors went too far in applying a law that protects migratory birds. More »
Spectra Energy Corp. (SE) will have “some involvement” in what it estimates will be three to six facilities built to export North American natural gas, Chief Executive Officer Gregory Ebel said. More »
A Japanese company that helped a former Halliburton Co. subsidiary bribe Nigerian officials to win more than $6 billion in construction contracts has pleaded guilty to federal charges, the Justice Department says.
In a report issued Tuesday, President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness suggested more development of conventional and renewable energy on federal lands to create jobs and boost energy security. More »
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s comments add to those made by some Republicans ever since Iran issued the threats to block its Strait of Hormuz, a path for one-fifth of the world’s oil. More »
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