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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 »
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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 »
(Photo: Brian Turner/Flickr)

Court denies eminent domain rehearing

The Texas Supreme Court’s refused to rehear a pipeline case, giving landowners the ability to challenge a pipeline company’s right to eminent domain, but creating uncertainty in the state’s booming oil and gas industry.  More »

Eagle Ford Shale boom bigger than predicted

The Eagle Ford Shale is booming bigger than experts had predicted even last year, producing almost three times the barrels of oil and number of new wells expected.  More »
A Chevrolet Volt undergoes a quality inspection on the production line at a General Motors assembly plant in Michigan on Nov. 30, 2010. (AP file photo/Paul Sancya)

GM to suspend production of Chevrolet Volt

The Volt was rolled out with great fanfare in late 2010 but has since hit bumps in the road.  More »
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Pump prices rise but crude declines

The national average for gasoline hit $3.741 per gallon, according to AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service.  More »
(Photo: Patricia Santos, Associated Press)

Petrobras starts production in the Gulf of Mexico

The Brazilian oil company Petrobras has begun oil and gas production at its Cascade 4 well — the first production in the Gulf of Mexico using a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel more commonly deployed in more remote areas.  More »