News bites: US fuels production to surpass Russia, Libya’s oil woes, and more

The New York Times reports on protests and strikes that have nearly brought Libya’s oil production to a standstill.

Reuters reports that oil giant Statoil, in an internal probe, finds that it “missed multiple warning signs and failed to foresee or prepare for incidents like January's deadly attack at an Algerian plant in January.”

The Washington Times looks at efforts by Ron Binz, the White House pick to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, to secure confirmation.

The paper, citing emails it obtained, reports: “President Obama’s nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is coordinating his campaign with two lobbyists for energy companies, a Democratic strategy firm and several other green-technology strategists.”