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Last week, BP PLC announced the discovery of a “giant” new oil field about 200 miles off the coast of Louisiana. The oil field is an an area that was once known as the “Dead Sea” in the oil industry, but has since witnessed several discoveries of massive reserves and become one of the most exciting oil exploration regions. Of the Tiber well, a BP spokesman noted, “we believe it’s the deepest well ever drilled by the oil and gas industry.” [click to continue…]

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Exxon Mobil, the Texas-based oil giant, reported early Thursday that its second quarter profit fell a larger-than-expected 66% as a result of weak demand, shrinking margins, and lower fuel prices. Excluding one-time items (such as a $140 million charge related to punitive damages in the Exxon Valdez case), earnings fell from $2.27 per share last year to 84 cents according to the Wall Street Journal. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters were expecting earnings of $1.02 per share. [click to continue…]

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