News bites: Yemen alleges al Qaeda energy plot (sort of), BP’s legal woes, and more


The Wall Street Journal looks at concerns surrounding “master limited partnerships” that are buying up aging oil-and-gas fields.

“Critics are raising questions about the soundness of these partnerships, saying that they use accounting maneuvers to understate their costs, and warn that this source of easy money for energy companies could soon dry up,” the paper reports.

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The Los Angeles Times
reports on a snag in Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s plan to open up the state-owned oil-and-gas sector to private investment.

The Associated Press has the latest on BP’s claims from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

“A federal judge on Wednesday ordered BP to pay more than $130 million in fees to the court-supervised administrator of its multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents after the company's 2010 oil spill,” AP reports.