Regulator pressure kills Halliburton-Baker Hughes merger

May 2, 2016
The oil industry slowdown also helped derail the merger.
A Halliburton facility in Louisiana. 
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Working in the oil fields is dangerous

Sep 18, 2015
The fatality rate for oil workers is five times that of the overall work force.

It's not just big oil that's struggling

Smaller companies are getting by plugging wells for customers.
Small oil companies are feeling the squeeze of falling prices, too.
Courtesy Plants & Goodwin Inc.

Methane leaks are pollution — and waste

Aug 18, 2015
The EPA is issuing rules limiting methane leaks in the drilling, production and transportation of natural gas and oil.

BP reaches $18.7 billion settlement over 2010 spill

Jul 2, 2015
The deal brings the company's total liability to more than $40 billion.

Oil layoffs start at wellheads and work their way up

Apr 17, 2015
Unemployment claims have doubled in Texas as the oil industry sheds workers.

Quitting the Bakken: one oil worker walks away

Mar 23, 2015
With hours cut, work in the Bakken oil fields don't seem worth it to one worker.

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Texas oil town votes to ban fracking

Nov 5, 2014
Denton, a college town in the middle of the oil patch, overwhelmingly votes against more fracking.

Low oil prices could hurt drillers carrying high debt

Nov 4, 2014
Energy companies that need to borrow to keep drilling could be hurt by low prices

Troubled times for Russia's oligarchs

Oct 22, 2014
Oligarchs were once at risk if they stepped out of line. Now, there's danger even if they don't.