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Fourth quarter profits declined to $2.1 billion from $7.3 billion a year earlier

DJ Taylor: Fracking is a highly explosive issue

Shale mining might yield cheap gas, but there's one small problem: all fossil fuels run out. Plus, strange influences

Sudan and South fight over oil-rich border region

South Sudan said today it had repulsed an attempt by the Sudanese army to retake the disputed oil-producing border area of Heglig, which the southern army seized earlier this week.

Total walks away from Wessex bid

France's Total has pulled out of a £70m takeover punt at Aim-listed oil prospector Wessex Exploration. The oil giant was looking to gain a greater share of a huge field off the coast of French Guyana, in which it already has a 25 per cent stake – less than rivals Shell and Tullow.

Fuel tanker drivers vote for action

The threat of a strike by fuel tanker drivers in a dispute over terms and conditions and safety standards came a step closer today when they voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action.

Fracking could bring UK 50,000 jobs, says Browne

Lord Browne, the former BP chief executive, said Lancashire has the potential to be the capital of Europe's emerging shale gas industry, in a scenario he predicted could help to create as many as 50,000 jobs across the UK.

Fracking could bring UK 50,000 jobs, says Browne

Lancashire could be Europe's centre for the controversial gas extraction technique

Three Cove executives to share £40m windfall after Shell takeover

Shell is setting up shop in Kenya and Mozambique after agreeing to buy the East Africa-focused oil and gas company Cove Energy for nearly £1bn.

Shell oil protesters climb National Gallery

Environmental campaigners climbed to the roof of the National Gallery today to stage a protest against energy giant Shell.

Soaring price threatens weak euro countries

The oil price soared to a nine-month high yesterday, threatening to derail the efforts of Europe's weakest nations to pull themselves out of the economic mire and stoking inflation fears at home.

UN inspectors arrive in Iran for nuclear talks

Senior UN inspectors arrived in Tehran today for talks on Iran's disputed nuclear programme, a day after the Islamic state responded defiantly to tightened EU sanctions by halting oil sales to British and French companies.

Oil prices at nine month high after Iran dispute

Oil prices jumped to nearly 105 dollars a barrel - a nine-month high - in Asia today, after Iran said it halted crude exports to Britain and France in a dispute over its nuclear programme.

Britain's North Sea rig workers are in the money as oil pay gushes up

Workers in the UK oil and gas industry enjoy some of the highest wages paid by the sector across the world.

Diesel price reaches record high

The price of diesel at the pumps has reached record levels, the AA said today.

President Obama, pictured yesterday, warned of Iran’s 'defiant acts'

Nuclear stunt shows Iran's uncompromising mood

Warning of end to EU oil supplies fuels tensions further and adds to risk of Israeli military strike

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