Category: Arctic

Offshore drilling a winner in tight contests

A new poll shows that support for Arctic drilling is high in states where there are close Senate races.  More »

Fire at offshore Alaska gas platform prompts evacuation

No spill has been reported in Alaska’s Cook Inlet. The platform is operated by Hilcorp Alaska.  More »

U.S. could press for international Arctic drilling standards

The United States may use its role heading the Arctic Council to push for standards governing oil drilling and development throughout the region, the Obama administration’s top Arctic envoy said Tuesday.  More »

Shell, ConocoPhillips plead White House for flexibility in Arctic

Oil companies hoping to find crude under Arctic waters north of Alaska are imploring the Obama administration to ensure new rules governing drilling in the region don’t force them to stash emergency equipment nearby nor block them from using chemical dispersants to clean up any spills.  More »

Feds reveal details on Shell’s Arctic ambitions

More details came to light Tuesday on Shell’s plans for exploratory oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska, as federal regulators released a copy of the company’s broad Arctic drilling blueprint.  More »

BP Alaska plans layoffs following Hilcorp sale

Gov. Sean Parnell said he was “extremely disappointed” by the planned layoffs.  More »

Nine countries that could hold the next Eagle Ford

The U.S. economy has enjoyed an energy renaissance thanks to technology like fracking and horizontal drilling that unlocked previously inaccessible geological formations. Some of that same technology is now poised to be used around the world.  More »

Shell formally launches 2015 Arctic drilling bid

Shell’s campaign to resume Arctic drilling in 2015 took a major step forward Thursday, as the company gave federal regulators a broad drilling blueprint that lays out plans for boring new exploratory oil wells in the Chukchi Sea. It is the strongest evidence yet that the company will keep pursuing a big discovery in the U.S. Arctic, after a mishap-plagued 2012 exploration campaign ended with the grounding of a drilling rig and a $200 million writeoff.  More »

Administration studies Arctic requirements

The Obama administration is closer than ever to imposing the first minimum standards for oil and gas activity in U.S. Arctic waters, as Shell pursues permits that could allow it to resume drilling in the region next year.  More »

Voters to decide fate of Alaska oil production tax

Ballot Measure No. 1 asks voters if they want to reject the 2013 law that supporters have dubbed the “More Alaska Production Act.”  More »

Exxon drilling Russian Arctic shows oil sanctions lack bite

After more than two years’ planning Exxon and its partner OAO Rosneft, Russia’s state oil producer, will start drilling the Universitetskaya prospect tomorrow, the Kremlin said in a statement Friday.  More »

Norway’s Statoil comes up dry at Arctic wells

Statoil said this year’s exploration campaign ended without any commercial discoveries.  More »
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