Kijjiketchme Southern-Fox, from Salisbury, Md., protests proposed offshore oil and gas development in Atlantic waters outside a March 9 public meeting in Annapolis, Md. Southern-Fox said he is concerned about the potential ecological damage of oil development -- "a spill is inevitable anywhere they drill; it's just a matter of time" -- but also wants to see the United States transition swiftly away from fossil fuels. "Even if they were to open up a drill in the ocean and even if it never spilled, we'd still be dealing with the carbon output," he said.

Tensions ignite on East Coast as White House weighs Atlantic drilling

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The prospect of a new generation of Atlantic drilling is stirring a heated debate up and down the East Coast.
View of the Abkatun A-Permanente platform on fire on the Gulf of Mexico's Campeche Sound on April 1, 2015. An explosion and a fire erupted on an offshore oil platform operated by Mexico's Pemex on Wednesday, killing at least four workers, injuring 16 and forcing 300 to be evacuated.    (AFP PHOTO/ STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images)

Pemex says it will meet deliveries despite massive oil platform explosion

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Four workers died including one from Mexican oil services provider Cotemar SA and 16 others were injured Wednesday after a fire on the Abkatun platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
Screen grab from a video released by Diario Campeche Hoy of the Abkatun A-Permanente platform  on the Gulf of Mexico's Campeche Sound on fire on April 1, 2015.  An explosion and a fire erupted on an offshore oil platform operated by Mexico's Pemex on Wednesday, killing at least four workers, injuring 16 and forcing 300 to be evacuated. (AFP photo/Diario Campeche Hoy)

Mexico says oil spill avoided after deadly offshore blaze

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At least four workers died and two suffered life-threatening injuries in an explosion that engulfed the platform in flames Wednesday, forcing 300 people to abandon the facility.
Transocean's ultra-deepwater drillship the Discoverer Inspiration works on an exploration well in Chevron's Moccasin Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico (Photo: Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle)

Transocean to scrap two more offshore rigs

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The Swiss driller said it’ll take a non-cash charge up to $110 million in the first quarter.
Screen grab from a video released by Diario Campeche Hoy of the Abkatun A-Permanente platform  on the Gulf of Mexico's Campeche Sound on fire on April 1, 2015.  An explosion and a fire erupted on an offshore oil platform operated by Mexico's Pemex on Wednesday, killing at least four workers, injuring 16 and forcing 300 to be evacuated. (AFP photo/Diario Campeche Hoy)

Pemex platform fire kills four workers, injures 16

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A fire at a shallow-water oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico has killed four workers, injured 16 and forced the evacuation of 300, Mexico’s state-owned oil company said Wednesday.
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OTC panel to talk big ideas on fifth day of programming

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Organizers described the lineup as more like South by Southwest or X-Games than an industry conference.
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BOEM has recieved thousands of comments on whether to open the Atlantic to drilling

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The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management was receiving comments through midnight Monday on what should be studied in an environmental impact statement of offshore drilling, which later this decade could include the Atlantic.
(Eddie Seal/Bloomberg)

Oil industry to Obama: Stop excluding Atlantic drilling leases

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Oil industry leaders on Monday pressed the Obama administration to reverse course and schedule two auctions of drilling rights in the Atlantic, not just the single sale now penciled in for 2021.
Visitors board the barge Arctic Challenger in Samish Bay. The Challenger has been retrofit to serve as the launchpad for an emergency containment system that Shell could use to counter a runaway subsea well in the Arctic. (Photo courtesy Greenpeace Investigations)

Shell conducts drills with Arctic oil spill response system

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Shell Oil Co. is conducting the testing for Obama administration officials as it plans a new round of exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska later this year.
Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades listens during an interview with the Associated Press at his office in the presidential palace in capital Nicosia, Cyprus. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)

Cyprus draws Norway parallel after latest gas quest failure

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President Nicos Anastasiades told reporters Thursday he’s not disheartened by the failure of an Italian-South Korean consortium to find commercially viable amounts of gas during exploratory drilling in an area off Cyprus’ southern coast.