• Weekly US oil and natural gas rig count down by 13 to 864

    HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. this week declined by 13 to 864.

  • In this Wednesday May 27, 2015 file photo, California Gov. Jerry Brown addresses the California State Association of Counties Legislative Conference in Sacramento, Calif. California’s top oil and gas regulators repeatedly warned Gov. Jerry Brown’s senior aides in 2011 that the governor’s orders to override key safeguards in granting oil industry permits would violate state and federal laws protecting the state’s groundwater from contamination, one of the former officials has testified. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

    Fired regulator: Brown pushed to waive oil safeguards.

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s top oil and gas regulators repeatedly warned Gov. Jerry Brown’s senior aides in 2011 that the governor’s orders to override key safeguards in granting oil industry permits would violate state and federal laws protecting the state’s groundwater from contamination, one of the former officials has testified.

  • Thousands of gallons of oil spilled in Mississippi River

    COLUMBUS, Ky. (AP) — Part of the Mississippi River was closed as crews investigated an oil spill caused by the collision of two tow boats, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday.

  • In this Thursday, July 16, 2015 photo, a customer re-fuels her car at a Costco in Robinson Township, Pa. The national average price of gasoline this Labor Day weekend will be its lowest at this time of year since 2004, a result of low oil prices and a quiet hurricane season that has allowed refineries to churn out gasoline and diesel.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Labor Day drivers to enjoy lowest gasoline prices since 2004

    NEW YORK (AP) — It has been more than a decade since U.S. drivers paid so little to fuel up for that last road trip of summer.

  • This Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, shows a Wall Street address carved in the side of a building, in New York. World stocks rose Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, as a holiday in China gave investors a break from its torrid markets and the European Central Bank was expected to confirm its willingness to provide more stimulus to the eurozone, if needed. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    Global stocks gain; Europe’s central bank promises support

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Friday as caution prevailed before the release of the monthly U.S. jobs report and the resumption of trading on Chinese stock markets next week.

  • A man walks past homes, condominiums, and train tank cars with signs indicating  petroleum crude oil standing idle on the tracks in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Activists in Philadelphia question whether the city has adequately communicated its evacuation plans with residents who would have to leave quickly after an accident. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    AP survey: How cities are handling surge in oil trains

    Mile-long trains carrying millions of gallons of crude have become a common sight in cities around the U.S., raising concern about the possibility of a catastrophic derailment near crowded neighborhoods or critical infrastructure.

  • Pedestrians walk past train tank cars with signs indicating  petroleum crude oil standing idle on the tracks in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. While railroads have long carried hazardous materials through congested urban areas, cities are now scrambling to formulate emergency plans and to train firefighters amid the latest safety threat: a fiftyfold increase in crude shipments that critics say has put millions of people living or working near the tracks at heightened risk of derailment, fire and explosion. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Big cities scramble to be prepared for an oil train disaster

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — They rumble past schools, homes and businesses in dozens of cities around the country — 100-car trains loaded with crude oil from the Upper Midwest.

  • NM regulators accused of ‘chummy’ relations with utility

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of a powerful New Mexico regulatory body are too “chummy” with utility executives and should not be allowed to make decisions about the fate of a coal-fired power plant that serves customers around the Southwest, according to the latest pleadings of an environmental group.

  • In this July 16, 2015 file photo, an oil pump works at sunset in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain. The price of oil slunk to a low of $38.24 on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, the lowest since the depths of the recession in 2009. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

    You think the stock market is crazy? Look at oil prices.

    NEW YORK (AP) — Commodity markets are renowned for their booms and busts but the last four days in the crude oil market have even experienced traders wide-eyed.

  • In this Nov. 25, 1966 file photo, farmers look at a towering flame at an outburst of natural gas, discovered by the Italian oil company ENI in the Nile Delta region of Kafr el-Sheikh, Egypt. Italian energy company Eni SpA said Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, that it found the “largest-ever” gas field in the Mediterranean Sea off Egypt’s shores. Egypt’s new natural gas bonanza is causing an uproar in Israel, with energy stocks plummeting and recriminations over dithering and infighting that has delayed production from the country’s own gas fields. (AP Photo/Aly Mahmoud)

    Egypt gas find sparks panic in Israel about Israeli reserves

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Egypt’s new natural gas bonanza is causing an uproar in Israel, with energy stocks plummeting and recriminations over indecisiveness and infighting that have delayed production from the country’s own gas fields.