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Coast Guard blames 2012 Arctic rig grounding on bad decisions

Coast Guard investigators on Thursday rapped Shell Oil Co. and its contractors for failing to heed the dangers of towing a drilling rig across stormy Alaska waters in late 2012 — a voyage that ended when it ran aground on New Year’s Eve.  More »

Scientists: Gulf oil spill hurt fish hearts (photos)

Oil spilled during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster causes severe defects in the developing hearts of tuna, according to a new study by government and academic scientists that hints at long-term damage from the accident.  More »

Feds unveil study paving way for oil and gas research in Atlantic

The Obama administration on Thursday is setting the framework for a new generation of oil and gas research off the East Coast — and potential drilling in those Atlantic waters a decade from now — by releasing an environmental study of seismic surveys to pinpoint those energy resources.  More »

Shell’s delay ignites calls for deep freeze on Arctic drilling

Environmentalists celebrated Shell’s decision to put its 2014 Arctic drilling plans on ice, but drilling advocates said they hope it’s just a temporary setback.  More »

Shell puts 2014 Arctic drilling plans on ice after legal challenge

Shell officials on Thursday said the oil company will not resume drilling in Arctic waters north of Alaska this summer, following a federal appeals court decision throwing its offshore leases there into jeopardy.  More »

Greens push back on Obama’s ‘all-of-the-above’ energy policy

President Barack Obama’s oft-touted “all-of-the-above” energy plan has long been used to emphasize the administration’s commitment to oil and gas, even as the White House embraces cleaner alternatives.  More »

Study finds strong link between BP spill and sick dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins in a Louisiana bay fouled by the 2010 BP oil spill are suffering from lung damage and other injuries that are consistent with exposure to petroleum hydrocarbons, according to a federal study released Wednesday.  More »

Lawmakers ask feds to freeze Arctic drilling

Nearly 60 House Democrats are pleading with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to halt all Arctic energy development until the federal government writes new rules for the activity. Separately, conservationists recommended the Obama administration exclude four areas from a possible 2016 sale of Arctic drilling leases.  More »

Shell announces return to Arctic in 2014 despite mishaps

Shell officials on Thursday said the oil company plans to make another, dramatically scaled-back bid to find crude in Arctic waters, following a headline-grabbing 2012 season that left the firm with a devastated drilling rig, air pollution fines and embarrassing equipment failures. But there are major hurdles for Shell to restart its Arctic drilling operations in 2014.  More »

Feds ask for industry input on 2016 Arctic auction

The Obama administration on Thursday kicked off the long process toward the first auction of oil drilling rights in Arctic waters since 2008.  More »

Republican bill would limit environmental reviews of offshore drilling

The federal government would be forced to make decisions on offshore drilling before fully scrutinizing how the work would affect coral and other ocean life under legislation advancing in the House, conservationists and a marine biologist warned Congress on Tuesday.  More »

Feds study Gulf wildlife to make way for wind turbines

Two federal agencies are laying the foundation for wind turbines in the Gulf of Mexico, by launching a study of the effects seismic research poses on whales and fish in the region.  More »
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