Interior Secretary Sally Jewell (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Interior chief defends Obama’s plan to stiffen drilling rules

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Wednesday defended the Obama administration’s plans to stiffen requirements for oil and gas wells drilled on federal lands, saying it was important to establish baseline standards that apply nationwide.
Shell's Auger tension-leg platform in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: Shell)

Shell shuts in giant Gulf platform for well hookups

Shell announced Wednesday it had temporarily halted operations at its oldest tension-leg platform in the Gulf of Mexico as it nears the final stage of a $2.5 billion project to drain deep oil and gas reserves at the site.

Report: Keystone XL will hike gasoline prices for some US drivers

California billionaire Tom Steyer and other Keystone XL opponents pulled out another weapon in their fight against the pipeline on Tuesday, by arguing that the project would cause gasoline prices to climb by up to 40 cents per gallon in the Midwest.
Lower marine riser package, left, and lower blowout preventer stack shown at National Oilwell Varco in August, 2010, Houston. (Chronicle/Melissa Phillip

Lawmakers press feds for info on blowout preventer mandates

A dozen lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to outline its plans for tightening standards on emergency equipment used to safeguard offshore oil wells.
An aerial view of an Energy Resource Technology well that leaked a briny mix of gas, condensate and salt water for roughly four days in July. Workers brought the 40-year-old well under control on July 11, after pumping drilling mud into it. They were preparing to pump cement into the well to permanently kill it as soon as July 15. (Photo: Talos Energy)

Workers aim to kill Gulf well

Work is underway to permanently kill off a well that leaked gas and condensate into the Gulf of Mexico for about four days last week.
Gas, condensate and salt water leaked from an Energy Resource Technology well in the Gulf of Mexico on July 8, producing a rainbow sheen at one point estimated to stretch four miles. By July 12, it had been brought under control and was no longer leaking. (Photo: Billy L. Dugger with On Wings of Care)

Workers preparing to permanently kill Gulf well

Workers are preparing to permanently kill a leaking gas well in the Gulf of Mexico this weekend, after temporarily sealing it off late Thursday.

Workers launch operation to kill leaking Gulf well

Workers began pumping drilling mud into a gas well 74 miles off the Louisiana coast on Thursday, in a bid to stop condensate leaking into the Gulf of Mexico.
A member of Greenpeace displays a banner which reads 'Save The Arctic' to a news media helicopter while scaling The Shard, the tallest building in western Europe, on July 11, 2013, in London, England. The six female protesters began their unauthorized ascent of the 310-meter high skyscraper shortly after 4 a.m. with the intention of highlighting the environmental damage caused by drilling for oil in the Arctic by Shell. (Photo by Warrick Page/Getty Images)

Drilling protesters arrested after scaling London’s tallest tower (photos)

Environmentalists opposed to Arctic oil exploration scaled the tallest building in western Europe Thursday in a day-long climb that drew worldwide attention.
(Photo: Artnow314/Flickr)

Congress tries to turn off lights on bulb mandates

Texas Republican Michael Burgess just won another round in his fight against federal standards that could force consumers to abandon inefficient incandescent light bulbs for more expensive LED and fluorescent alternatives.

Specialists work to kill leaking Gulf well

Engineers in a Houston command center and specialists miles out in the Gulf of Mexico worked Wednesday to control a leaking, decades-old offshore well.