Tag: Ken Salazar

Interior launches broad probe of Shell’s Arctic drilling program

The Obama administration ordered a broad review of Shell’s Arctic drilling program on Tuesday, following a series of mishaps that culminated when the company’s Kulluk rig ran aground on New Year’s Eve. The move calls into question whether Shell Oil Co. will be allowed to continue its hunt for crude under the Chukchi and Beaufort seas north of Alaska, after spending $5 billion and more than six years on the quest.  More »

Administration says pipelines would be allowed in petroleum reserve

Advocates of Arctic oil exploration remain skeptical about a plan for managing wildlife and oil production in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska despite Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s assurance Wednesday that the plan won’t prevent the construction of new pipelines there.  More »

Democrat pushes for answers on failed test of Arctic spill response system

A top House Democrat is pressing the Obama administration for new details about the government-monitored test of a key Arctic oil spill response system that appeared to be “crushed like a beer can” during a sea trial in September.  More »

Commitment to Gulf affirmed

No one expects Wednesday’s sale of drilling rights in the western Gulf of Mexico to break any records. But for the offshore drilling industry, that may be a good thing. Analysts noted that a less-than-stellar auction could be evidence that industry is confident that future sales will take place on a predictable schedule.  More »

Republicans press administration to defend economics of offshore wind

Two Republican senators are pressing the Obama administration to explain the math behind a decision to allow an offshore wind facility in leased waters off Delaware’s coast while blocking oil drilling in the same region.  More »

Feds offer details on western Gulf lease sale

The Obama administration today rolled out more details on its Nov. 28 auction of drilling rights in the western Gulf of Mexico, when oil and gas companies will have a chance to snap up more than 20 million acres.  More »

Who might lead Energy, Interior and EPA under Romney, Obama

Although neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney has specifically said who would lead the departments of Energy and Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency under their watches, the candidates have given some signals about the kinds of people they would choose.  More »

Feds to sell central Gulf drilling leases in March

Oil and gas companies will have a chance to buy central Gulf of Mexico drilling leases during a March 20, 2013 auction — the first in the central Gulf under the administration’s five-year leasing plan.  More »

Democrat pushes feds to block CNOOC from nabbing Gulf leases

A top House Democrat is pressuring the Obama administration to block China’s state-owned oil company from snapping up Nexen’s Gulf of Mexico drilling leases as part of a $15 billion bid to buy the Canadian company.  More »

Salazar’s convention speech rapped for leaving ‘coal’ out of energy mix

When Interior Secretary Ken Salazar touted an “all-of-the-above energy strategy” during a speech to the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, he listed a litany of power sources. Oil got a nod, as did natural gas, nuclear and hydropower. Renewable wind, geothermal and solar also netted specific mentions. But “coal” didn’t make Salazar’s list.  More »

Discoverer drillship sets sail for Shell’s Arctic leases

The Noble Discoverer began a one-week trek to the Chukchi Sea on Saturday afternoon, moving Shell one step closer to drilling for oil in Arctic waters this summer. The company is now talking with federal regulators about a plan that would allow Shell to launch some initial work at its Arctic well sites, even without a key oil spill response vessel nearby.  More »

Industry jeers administration’s plan for NPR-A oil development

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said a new plan for managing wildlife and oil production in the 23-million-acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska strikes a balance between conservation and energy development. But industry representatives and their allies in Congress weren’t cheering the program Monday.  More »

Environmentalists beseech White House to block Shell’s Arctic drilling

Environmentalists who oppose Arctic drilling today made a last-ditch appeal to the Obama administration and pleaded for officials to deny essential permits Shell needs to begin working on wells this summer.  More »

Western Gulf leases hit auction block in November

Oil and gas companies will have a chance to bid on drilling rights in the western Gulf of Mexico in a lease sale scheduled for Nov. 28. The auction of offshore drilling leases, which had been planned but not formally scheduled until today, is the first that will be conducted under the Obama administration’s new five-year plan governing offshore lease sales until June 30, 2017.  More »

New offshore leasing plan focuses on development in already-explored Gulf waters

The Obama administration on Thursday finalized a five-year plan for offshore drilling that focuses on allowing development in already- explored areas of the Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic to the chagrin of oil and gas companies who were hoping for more territory. Federal officials also said there was “significant” industry interest in drilling in the Cook Inlet near Anchorage.  More »
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