Abigail Hopper, a Maryland energy regulator and veteran of fights over offshore wind farms, will be the top federal official in charge of oil and gas drilling along the nation’s coastlines. More »
The Environmental Protection Agency is waiting to make a decision on whether — and how — to boost regulation of methane emissions from the oil and gas sector until the new year. More »
President Barack Obama’s decision to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba may lead to more commercial opportunities for Americans within the island nation. But don’t expect U.S. oil producers to move swiftly to take advantage of them. More »
The move means taxpayers can claim the cuts and credits on their 2014 tax returns, but there is no guarantee they will be back in 2015. More »
Minge is a former driller who has been with BP for more than three decades, including his most recent stint in Alaska. More »
Federal regulators are advancing rules meant to boost the reliability of blowout preventers used to safeguard offshore wells. More »
Companies are still required to pay the entire costs of cleaning up after offshore spills. And the liability limit on economic damages is waived entirely if gross negligence, willful misconduct or other violations led to a spill. More »
A top House Republican is introducing legislation to end the nation’s longstanding ban on crude exports, as the oil industry campaigns for the freedom to sell the fossil fuel around the world. More »
New research suggests two major oil sector sources of methane emissions are techniques to dislodge fluid from wells and the pneumatic devices used to control valves at the sites. More »
Noble Corp. pleaded guilty Monday to eight criminal charges tied to pollution, propulsion and record keeping problems with the two drilling rigs that bored Arctic oil wells for Shell in 2012. More »
As the Obama administration nears a decision on whether — and how — to clamp down on methane leaking from active oil and gas operations, new research suggests abandoned wells may be a significant source of the potent greenhouse gas. More »
Oil prices have fallen roughly 35 percent since June, with surging U.S. crude production helping boost supply beyond softening demand worldwide.
Separate lawsuits say the companies did not ensure equipment was cleared of all flammable materials and gases. More »
A program accelerating government processing of drilling permits on federal land could get new life if Congress passes a sweeping defense authorization bill next week.
Even though energy companies are pulling more oil out of the Permian Basin, methane emissions have been declining in the West Texas drilling hotbed. More »