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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 »

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 keeps Arctic drilling on table for 2015

The future of oil exploration in some U.S. Arctic waters may rest with federal courts, but Royal Dutch Shell’s CEO said Thursday the company is undaunted by the legal logjam.  More »

Oil companies forfeit Arctic drilling rights

Oil companies that had locked up more than 1.3 million acres of the Beaufort Sea for drilling in 2007 have since relinquished nearly half that territory, signaling the industry’s appetite for tapping those Arctic waters may be waning even as the Obama administration makes plans to auction off more of the area.  More »

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

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.  More »

Feds take first step toward new oil auctions

The Obama administration on Friday took the first step toward new offshore drilling sales three years from now, inviting the public to weigh in on what coastal acreage should be opened for oil and gas exploration.  More »

Environmentalists tap actor to warn about offshore seismic

A conservation group is hoping a little star power will draw more attention to its concerns about seismic oil and gas research proposed in Atlantic waters off the east coast.  More »

Report: US ill prepared to tackle Arctic oil spills

The United States is ill prepared to tackle oil spills in the Arctic, whether from drilling or vessels traveling through newly passable waterways once clogged with ice, according to a National Research Council report released Wednesday.  More »

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 »
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