The Obama administration’s proposal for 10 auctions of drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico, three targeting Arctic waters and one of Atlantic acreage is alienating both environmentalists and the oil industry. More »
The Obama administration is poised to unveil a draft plan for selling offshore oil and gas leases that is expected to rule out auctioning drilling rights in parts of the Atlantic Ocean as well as in some Arctic waters and along the West Coast between 2017 and 2022. More »
Republicans lashed out at what they called a “triple whammy” of Obama administration actions that could limit oil development in and around Alaska, including new protections in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and a coming plan for selling offshore drilling rights. More »
In his penultimate State of the Union address, Obama chided lawmakers who have been skeptical of climate change or humanity’s role in it and delivered a thinly veiled critique of the GOP-controlled Congress’ focus on the Keystone XL pipeline. More »
U.S. oil producers are warning against an amendment aimed at blocking the export of Canadian crude transported by Keystone XL. More »
White House officials said the plan aims to cut oil and gas emissions of the powerful heat-trapping greenhouse gas by 40 to 45 percent within a decade, from 2012 levels. More »
The American Petroleum Institute’s decision to create a new midstream department focusing on that segment of the oil and gas industry follows the lead of regulators, executives and environmentalists who also are increasingly involved in energy infrastructure. More »
The decline in oil prices, now less than half their June 2014 peak, will have “some impact” in the short term as companies pare capital spending, Jack Gerard said. More »
Jack Gerard of the American Petroleum Institute will speak at 12 p.m. in a live webcast. More »
Obama’s remarks in a pre-holiday news conference at the White House came as Nebraska’s highest court weighs a challenge of the pipeline’s proposed route through the state. More »
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 »
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 »
Oil prices have fallen roughly 35 percent since June, with surging U.S. crude production helping boost supply beyond softening demand worldwide.
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.