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President Barack Obama waves from the top of the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, before departing to Alaska. Obama is traveling on a three-day trip to Alaska aimed at showing solidarity with a state often overlooked by Washington, while using its glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama on defense as he heads to Alaska

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Environmentalists say there is a clash between Shell’s exploratory oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea and Obama’s visit to survey shrinking glaciers and speak with coastal residents worried about rising seas.
Shell's Arctic drilling vessel the Noble Discoverer arrives in Everette on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Daniella Beccaria, seattlepi.com)

Records detail equipment failure on Arctic drilling rig

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The records, provided by the U.S. Coast Guard in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, also describe a botched fire drill by the crew of another Shell-contracted drilling rig months before it began boring an exploratory oil well in the Chukchi Sea.
(Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement)

Facing fierce winds and high seas, Shell halts Arctic drilling

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Shell temporarily halted exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean as the weather worsened on Thursday.
Protesters in kayaks paddle out to meet the Arctic offshore oil rig Polar Pioneer piggybacked atop the cargo deck vessel Blue Marlin as it arrives at Port Angeles, Wash., on  April 17.  (Keith Thorpe/The Peninsula Daily News via AP)

Native Alaskans tout Arctic energy development before president’s visit

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An advertisement airing on Alaska television asks President Barack Obama to keep supporting Arctic energy development.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Senators ask SEC to probe oil companies’ risk disclosure

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A dozen Democrats insist oil companies aren’t telling shareholders the gritty reality of their crude pursuits, including the environmental and financial risks of drilling in the Arctic Ocean and other frontier areas.
An aerial view of the Ensco 8502 drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. (Jennifer Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Low oil prices drive down bidding for Gulf of Mexico drilling rights

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With just five companies participating and only 33 leases sold, the turnout was the lowest western Gulf auction since area-wide leasing began in 1983, according to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
An aerial view of the Centenario exploration oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. (AFP Photo/Omar Torres)

Offshore oil auction draws low interest

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Just five oil and gas companies submitted sealed bids for western Gulf of Mexico acreage, ahead of Wednesday’s auction in New Orleans.
Commercial vessels spray water on the fire aboard the West Delta 32 production platform. (Coast Guard photo)

Houston’s Black Elk Energy facing criminal charges for fatal Gulf explosion

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Houston-based Black Elk Energy faces six criminal counts for a blast at a Gulf of Mexico production platform that killed three workers and injured others.
(Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement)

Shell forges ahead in Arctic with exploratory well

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Shell Oil Co.’s first test is excavating a 20-foot wide, 40-foot deep cavern in the seabed that can shelter an emergency device known as a blowout preventer from passing icebergs.
A drilling rig under contract to Shell arrives in Port Angeles, Washington en route to Alaska's Chukchi Sea, where Shell hopes to drill this summer. (Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP, File) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Senate bill would give oil companies a decade more to drill in Arctic

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Oil companies could get 10 more years to drill on their Arctic leases, under a provision in a broader offshore drilling bill advancing in the Senate.