News BP had originally projected that its settlement in the case would cost $7.8 billion but later boosted this to $9.2 billion

A panel of the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a federal judge's approval of a multi-billion dollar settlement between BP Plc and businesses and individuals who lost money and property in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Hague’s Azerbaijan gas pipeline deal attacked

BP-led offshore expansion plan worth $45bn angers human rights activists

BP secures $16bn deal to develop Oman gas project

The British oil major will drill around 300 wells over 15 years to produce about a third of Oman’s total daily domestic gas supply

Market Report: Dividend hike gives Berkeley Group shares a boost

Shares in Berkeley Group shot up on Friday as the housebuilder revealed a massive dividend hike at its half-year results.

BP wins US court reprieve over Gulf of Mexico oil spill payments

BP has won a key court victory in the US that will limit the amount of compensation the oil giant will have to pay following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010.

Peter Leahy

Peter Leahy: Other than a quick cash in, I wouldn't touch Royal Mail shares with a very long barge pole

The ‘low hanging fruit’ of government assets considered worthwhile privatisation candidates were sold long ago

The federal trial over the 2010 spill has resumed

BP ‘lied’ over true extent of its Gulf oil disaster

Second phase of trial opens with claims of negligence and lack of preparation

Lord Browne returns to stock market as Riverstone unveils £1.5bn IPO

Lord Browne of Madingley, the former BP chief executive, is to return to the London Stock Exchange after his latest venture, the private equity firm Riverstone, announced plans to raise up to £1.5bn by listing a new energy vehicle in the City.

Market Report: Syria tensions drive oil majors higher

A dire situation in Syria and the threat of military intervention pummelled stocks globally but investors rushed to invest in oil and gas giants, betting the oil price will continue to spike.

Rival offers spark £820m bid battle  over Kentz

Shares in Kentz leapt 24 per cent after the FTSE 250 engineer rejected two takeover offers yesterday, triggering City expectations of an £820m multi-way bidding battle.

The Sussex protest is spreading

Protesters unite over Cuadrilla fracking plans in South Downs National Park

Protesters against fracking in one of Britain's national parks were joined yesterday by residents from a village that could become the second flashpoint over the controversial energy strategy. The demonstration against fracking in Balcombe, West Sussex, was joined by residents from Fernhurst, another village in the South Downs National Park.

Placards are pictured at the entrance of the drill site

Balcombe fracking row takes fresh twist as it emerges parish council raised no objection to drilling

The two-week protest against potential fracking in Balcombe took a dramatic twist today as it emerged that the local parish council had lodged "no objection" to the planning application, without consulting the West Sussex village - a decision the council chair said she was now "gutted" about.

Regulator threatens BP with $29m in fines

An American energy regulator threatened BP with fines of nearly $29m (£19m) yesterday, asking the oil giant to respond to allegations of manipulating the natural gas market.

Natalie Rae Hynde superglued to partner Simon Medhurst at the anti-fracking protest at the Cuadrilla fracking site in Balcombe, Sussex.

Chrissie Hynde and Ray Davies' daughter Natalie arrested after gluing herself to boyfriend during fracking protest

Natalie Hynde, the daughter of The Pretenders’ singer Chrissie Hynde and The Kinks’ Ray Davies has been arrested after apparently gluing her hands to her boyfriend during a protest against fracking.

Anti-fracking protester is arrested in Balcombe

Police accused of using ‘excessive force’ during Balcombe fracking protest

Officers told to justify painful 'mandibular angle' technique using pressure point behind ear

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