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Seattle's skyline provides the backdrop for the Transocean Polar Pioneer, while it is being loaded with supplies in the city's port in May 2015. Shell plans to use the rig this summer to bore an exploratory oil well at its Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea, about 70 miles northwest of the Alaska coast. A separate drillship, the Noble Discoverer, is set to work on another Burger well at the same time. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Shell’s Arctic drilling plans may hit permitting snag

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It was not immediately clear Tuesday whether the restriction highlighted by environmentalists opposed to Shell’s Arctic drilling campaign would derail the company’s plans, but it could be a major stumbling block.
Activists who oppose Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean prepare their kayaks for the "Paddle in Seattle" protest on Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Seattle. (Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP)

New lawsuit planned against seven-year-old Arctic drilling auction

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A 2008 government sale of Arctic drilling leases to Shell and other companies is set to face fresh scrutiny in the federal courts, with a dozen environmental and Alaskan groups preparing to file a new challenge to the auction.
A jar holding waste water from hydraulic fracturing is held up to the light at a recycling site in Midland, Texas. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Feds to impose hydraulic fracturing mandates

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The Bureau of Land Management regulation set to be issued Friday has drawn fire from industry leaders who insist well-tailored state rules are better than one-size-fits-all federal mandates.
Laboratory analyst, Syed Ali, takes some measurements in a lab in the research and development building, at the Baker Hughes facility. (Todd Spoth/For the Chronicle)

Manufacturers say EPA proposals would halt expansions

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Proposed federal rules governing the release of dangerous pollutants threaten the future of the manufacturing sector, the industry’s top Washington lobbyist said at a speech in Houston Monday.
Opponents of offshore drilling rally in Washington, D.C., outside a public meeting on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's draft proposed program for selling outer continental shelf oil and gas leases from 2017 to 2022. (Photo: Adam Russell, Friends of the Earth)

Industry presses feds to keep Atlantic drilling on the table

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Oil industry advocates are imploring regulators to keep 14 proposed offshore lease sales on the books.
(Photo courtesy of Shell Oil Co.)

Offshore drilling plan targets Atlantic and Arctic waters

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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.
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

White House methane plan takes aim at oil and gas industry

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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.
A male sage grouse performs  his "strut." (AP Photo/Rawlins Daily Times, Jerret Raffety, File)

Conservationists: Collaboration can protect grouse and drilling

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The best way to protect the greater sage grouse while keeping drill bits turning in Western states is for environmentalists and oil companies to work together on safeguarding the bird’s habitat, conservationists said Monday.
IsoMetrix marine seismic data being acquired in the Barents Sea.

Feds OK first-in-decades oil studies off East Coast

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The Obama administration on Friday gave the oil industry the green light to use air guns and sonic sensors to search for possible oil and gas under Atlantic waters, overriding environmentalists concerned that the seismic research can harm whales and other marine life.
Look out: Your dryer may be using too much energy.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

This may whet your appetite for a new dryer

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Your old dryer may be hampering your home energy efficiency.