Shares of some top oil companies were mixed at the close of trading: BP PLC rose $.08 or .2 percent, to $38.83.
Low oil prices mean the driller that has been the most bullish on an oil region that straddles the Louisiana-Mississippi line is cutting back.
Mayors of several New Jersey shore towns are joining with members of Congress from the state to oppose allowing oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.
The price of oil is up 7 percent on indications that production in the U.S. has slowed following the big drop in prices since last June.
A private company finally will be able to legally drill for oil in part of Wyoming that's best known for a 1920s presidential scandal.
The delays and cost overruns are piling up for a new plant in Georgia that was supposed to prove nuclear energy can be built affordably.
There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness.
At best, you could say 2015 is off to a choppy start, and investors should expect more pain ahead.
Shares of some top oil companies are mixed at 1 p.m.: BP PLC fell $.22 or .6 percent, to $38.54.