NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jury selection began Monday for the Justice Department's case against a former BP drilling engineer charged with deleting text messages and voicemails about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Dozens of potential jurors filled a New Orleans courtroom for the start of Kurt Mix's federal trial, which is expected to last up to three weeks.
Mix, 52, a Texas resident, was indicted last year on two counts of obstruction of justice. Prosecutors claim he deliberately deleted strings of text messages to and from a supervisor and a BP PLC contractor to hamper a grand jury's investigation of the spill.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's goal to make the nation an energy "superpower" relies on approval of a number of pipelines to carry oil to shipping terminals on the East and West coasts while demand is still high, Bloomberg reports.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The late President Hugo Chavez's dream of leveraging Venezuela's oil wealth to spread revolution across Latin America is crumbling under the weight of an economic crisis that is forcing his hand-picked successor to cut back on generous foreign aid.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A closely watched lawsuit in Ohio is asking a question that's burning in cities and towns throughout shale country: Can regulations in states eager for the jobs and tax revenues that come with gas and oil drilling trump local restrictions that communities say protect them from haphazard development?
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nearly a year after energy giant BP cut a deal to a resolve a criminal investigation of its role in the worst U.S. offshore oil spill, a jury is set to hear the Justice Department's case against a former company employee accused of trying to stymie the federal investigation.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Of an estimated 1,800 gallons of diesel fuel and oil that has spilled from a towboat that sank in the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa, at least 85 percent has been removed and barge traffic has resumed on the busy waterway, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday.
The Energy Information Administration said average gasoline prices are down 14 cents from last Thanksgiving weekend and at their lowest levels for the period since 2010, The Dallas Morning News reports.
The budget proposal introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., includes a provision to approve an agreement between the U.S. and Mexico to cooperate on offshore drilling along their maritime border, The Hill reports.
The American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers filed a legal brief against the Environmental Protection Agency in their lawsuit against the agency, alleging it has ignored several legal deadlines, The Hill reports.
The International Energy Agency boosted its forecasts for next year's daily oil consumption to 1.2 million barrels a day after the U.S. posted its highest consumption levels in the last five years, Bloomberg reports.
A White House aide said Center for American Progress founder John Podesta, an opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline, will recuse himself from any decision on the project when he begins his tour as special adviser to President Obama, Politico reports.
An inspector general report found that the Environmental Protection Agency was made aware that former senior executive John C. Beale, who recently pleaded guilty to stealing $900,000 posing as a CIA agent, was collecting unauthorized payments, The Washington Post reports.
Mississippi utility regulators rejected a proposal to merge Entergy Corp. and ITC Holdings Corp., arguing the deal could boost electricity rates by $300 million over the next three decades, The Associated Press reports.
The Mexican Senate gave general approval to an energy reform package endorsed by President Enrique Pena Nieto that would open the nation's oil sector to outside investment. After debates conclude, final approval is expected today, Reuters reports.
U.K. Committee on Climate Change Chairman John Gummer, the nation's top adviser on global warming issues, said a plan to cut carbon emissions in half is attainable and should be pursued despite increases in energy costs, Bloomberg reports.