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As Obama administration weighs Arctic drilling, Shell moves rigs to region

Shell is moving its drilling rigs to the Pacific Northwest, ahead of critical government decisions on the company’s Arctic exploration plans.  More »

Feds collect millions in Gulf oil drilling sale, despite falling prices

Slumping oil prices tempered some of the industry’s enthusiasm for new drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico — but not much.  More »

Offshore auction tests industry’s appetite amid slumping prices

Just 35 companies are participating in the government auction of Gulf of Mexico drilling rights — down from 50 a year ago and 56 in a similar March 2013 auction — suggesting that lower oil prices may be dampening enthusiasm for the offshore acreage.  More »

Feds: Market forces pushing offshore rig counts down

The government’s top offshore energy overseers on Tuesday defended the Obama administration’s approach to oil and gas drilling along the nation’s coastlines, insisting that market forces — not federal regulations — were discouraging the activity.  More »

Feds weighing Shell bid for more time in Arctic

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the Obama administration will decide soon whether to yield to Shell’s request for an extension of its Arctic drilling leases. Statoil and ConocoPhillips have made parallel requests for leases that will begin expiring in 2019.  More »

Feds propose Arctic drilling mandates

The Interior Department’s proposal would for the first time impose specific mandates on offshore drilling in isolated U.S. Arctic waters — updating rules that were built decades ago for the much more temperate Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Feds release new Arctic drilling analysis

The move by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management responds to a federal court ruling against the environmental analysis underpinning that seven-year-old sale, and leaves open the possibility that Shell Oil Co. will resume drilling in the Chukchi Sea this summer.  More »

Industry presses feds to keep Atlantic drilling on the table

Oil industry advocates are imploring regulators to keep 14 proposed offshore lease sales on the books.  More »

Shell planning to restart Arctic drilling this year

Shell is planning on spending $1 billion to drill exploratory oil wells in Arctic waters north of Alaska this year — as long as it clears legal and permitting hurdles, said CEO Ben Van Beurden.  More »

Obama administration opens door to Atlantic drilling

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 »

Shell collaborating with regulators over Arctic drilling

Newly released documents suggest federal regulators are collaborating closely with Shell as the company pursues a new round of Arctic drilling next summer, even though an underlying sale of the region’s oil leases is still in legal limbo.  More »

Ocean energy bureau gets new director

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 »

Feds boost liability cap for oil spills

Companies are still required to pay the entire costs of cleaning up after offshore spills. And the liability limit on economic damages is waived entirely if gross negligence, willful misconduct or other violations led to a spill.  More »

Timeline slips for some oil and gas regulations

Here’s an overview of what’s coming and when in Obama administration rules for the oil and gas industry.  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 »
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