Tag: Arctic

Arctic offshore drill company enters guilty pleas

Bernie G. Wolford Jr., president of Noble Drilling U.S. LLC, appeared in federal court in Anchorage on Friday after reaching an agreement with prosecutors earlier this month.  More »

Chevron abandons Arctic drilling plans

Chevron told Canada’s National Energy Board Wednesday that it would pull out of Beaufort Sea.  More »

Obama withdraws Alaska’s Bristol Bay from drilling

Obama says in a video announcement that the natural resource is too precious to be put out to the highest bidder.  More »

Unfazed by slump, Austria’s OMV moving forward on development of 1 billion-barrel Arctic field

Tumbling oil prices aren’t deterring OMV AG from its Arctic ambitions.  More »

Fossil fuel caps urged as scientists warn of climate woes

The world can only consume a fraction of the known deposits of fossil fuels if it’s to avoid the most dangerous impacts from climate change.  More »

Feds up Arctic oil estimates to satisfy court

The Obama administration is quadrupling its estimate of how much crude could be harvested from Arctic drilling leases it sold oil companies six years ago. Regulators also think there is a 75 percent chance of at least one large spill occurring in the area.  More »

Calls for $100-a-barrel oil show many betting on rebound

Higher prices will be back soon enough because the current slowdown in demand growth will prove fleeting, many in the market are saying.  More »

Oil companies want more time for Arctic drilling

Three oil companies with billions invested in Arctic drilling leases are pleading with the Obama administration for extra time to hunt for crude under waters north of Alaska, but so far, federal regulators have been skeptical.  More »

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 »

Lego to scrap Shell deal after Arctic protest

Environmental activists Greenpeace launched in July a video showing an Arctic landscape with a Shell drilling platform made of Lego bricks covered in oil.  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 »

Exxon to halt Russian drilling in face of U.S. sanctions

The U.S. Treasury Department has given Exxon Mobil Corp. and other contractors a license to wind down operations in the Russian Arctic as the Irving-based company prepares to comply with U.S. sanctions banning joint-venture oil exploration in the area.  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 »

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 »
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