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Jul 1, 2010

Storm hinders Gulf of Mexico oil spill cleanup

HOUSTON/WASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) – Waves and wind
spawned by Hurricane Alex disrupted cleanup of the Gulf of
Mexico oil spill on Wednesday while a senior U.S. official said
a relief well intended to plug BP Plc’s (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) (BP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) gushing
deep-sea well remained weeks from completion.

In Washington, lawmakers took a step toward making oil
companies face unlimited liabilities from offshore spills like
the one sullying the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Jun 30, 2010

BP relief well weeks away, hurricane hurts cleanup

HOUSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A relief well that might divert the gushing Gulf of Mexico oil leak is still weeks from completion, a top U.S. official said on Wednesday, as the season’s first Atlantic hurricane disrupted cleanup efforts.

U.S. lawmakers also took a step toward making oil companies face unlimited liabilities from offshore spills like the one devastating the Gulf coast.

Jun 30, 2010

Spill relief well weeks away as hurricane hinders cleanup

HOUSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A relief well that might divert the gushing Gulf of Mexico oil leak is still weeks from completion, a top U.S. official said on Wednesday, as the season’s first Atlantic hurricane disrupted cleanup efforts.

U.S. lawmakers also took a step toward making oil companies face unlimited liabilities from offshore spills like the one devastating the Gulf coast.

Jun 28, 2010

US gasoline pump price rises for second week-Govt

WASHINGTON, June 28 (Reuters) – U.S. gasoline prices
increased for the second week in a row, the Energy Department
said on Monday, as higher crude oil costs and expensive summer
blends helped to push up pump prices.

The national price for regular unleaded gasoline rose 1.4
cents over the last week to $2.76 a gallon, 12 cents higher
than a year ago, the department’s Energy Information
Administration said in its weekly survey of service stations.

Jun 23, 2010

U.S. to issue more flexible oil drilling moratorium

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Department of the Interior will reissue a deepwater oil drilling ban that was blocked by a federal judge, but will make it more flexible to possibly allow drilling in certain fields, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told lawmakers on Wednesday.

A U.S. judge ruled on Tuesday against the six-month moratorium that President Barack Obama’s administration imposed on deepwater drilling after BP’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jun 21, 2010

US gasoline price rises after 5-week decline-Govt

WASHINGTON, June 21 (Reuters) – After falling for five
straight weeks, the average price U.S. drivers paid to fill up
at the gasoline pump rose, the Energy Department said on
Monday.

The national price for regular unleaded gasoline jumped 4.2
cents over the last week to $2.74 a gallon, just a nickel
higher from a year ago, the department’s Energy Information
Administration said in its weekly survey of service stations.

Jun 16, 2010

Obama: BP will pay for its “recklessness”

WASHINGTON/PENSACOLA, Florida (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is expected to outline plans to cut U.S. dependence on fossil fuels when he defends his handling of BP Plc’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill in a high-stakes televised speech on Tuesday evening.

Ahead of the televised speech, major oil company executives told a U.S. congressional hearing that BP had not adhered to industry standards in building its deep-sea well that blew out on April 20, unleashing a torrent of crude that has caused the biggest environmental disaster in U.S. history.

Jun 15, 2010

Obama to address energy in high-stakes spill speech

By Tom Doggett and Steve Holland

WASHINGTON/PENSACOLA, Fla. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will make a high-stakes address to the nation on Tuesday night seeking to restore public confidence in his handling of BP Plc’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill and drive forward his ambitious plans to cut U.S. dependence on fossil fuels.

Ahead of the televised speech, BP’s efforts to curb the flow of oil into the sea suffered another setback when a fire aboard a ship collecting the gushing crude forced suspension of siphoning from the ruptured underwater well. But operations were restarted before Obama spoke.

Jun 15, 2010

Obama to capitalize on spill in high-stakes speech

WASHINGTON/PENSACOLA, Florida (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will make a high-stakes address to the nation on Tuesday night seeking to restore public confidence in his handling of BP Plc’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill and drive forward his ambitious plans to cut U.S. dependence on fossil fuels.

Ahead of the televised speech, major oil company executives told a U.S. congressional hearing that BP had not adhered to industry standards in building its deep-sea well that ruptured on April 20, unleashing a torrent of crude that has causing the biggest environmental disaster in U.S. history.

Jun 15, 2010

Oil companies turn on BP at U.S. congressional hearing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Executives from other major oil companies turned on BP Plc and defended their own drilling practices during a U.S. congressional hearing on Tuesday as they sought to stave off new government regulations in the wake of BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Summoned before the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on energy and environment, executives of the biggest oil companies moved to isolate BP while asserting that the accident could have been prevented.

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      "I have covered energy issues from the Reuters Washington bureau since 1997. These days I'm writing about the Obama administration's overhaul of U.S. energy policy, which focuses on developing alternative energy sources like wind and solar power and seeks to reduce petroleum use. However, the United States and the rest of world will rely on oil as a major energy source for the forseeable future. That's why much of my reporting still looks at legislation, regulations and White House policies that affect the oil industry, petroleum supplies and fuel demand."
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