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Obama administration delivers big blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans

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The Fish and Wildlife Service said it could not authorize sound from Shell’s planned drilling of wells roughly nine miles apart to disturb walruses in the Chukchi Sea, because a 2013 requirement mandates a 15-mile buffer zone.

Obama administration delivers big blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans

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(AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey, S.A. Sonsthagen)
The Fish and Wildlife Service said it could not authorize sound from Shell’s planned drilling of wells roughly nine miles apart to disturb walruses in the Chukchi Sea, because a 2013 requirement mandates a 15-mile buffer zone.
CB&I Chairman and CEO Philip K. Asherman, May 23, 2014 in The Woodlands, TX. (Eric Kayne/For the Chronicle)

CB&I jumps on $1.5 billion Houston petrochem project with Oxy

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The ethylene cracker project is being constructed by Occidental’s OxyChem subsidiary and Mexichem in the Ingleside Ethylene joint venture near Corpus Christi.

The shadows of  workers in the Permian Basin on February 5, 2015 in Mentone, Texas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

EIA: Oil layoffs aren’t finished yet

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The U.S. petroleum industry lost about 6.5 percent of its jobs from October to April, or about 35,000 of its 538,000 workers, the Energy Information Administration said Tuesday.
Liquefied natural gas export terminals including Cheniere Energy's $18 billion Sabine Pass facility nearing completion  in Cameron Parish, Louisiana,  should boost demand for U.S. natural gas. (Cheniere Energy photo)(Cheniere Energy)

Cheniere clears hurdle to expand Sabine Pass LNG terminal

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Cheniere Energy cleared a regulatory hurdle to expand its Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas export terminal after federal regulators Tuesday dismissed an environmental group’s concerns about the project.
Categories: LNG

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BP’s Gulf spill toll could run up to $68.2 billion

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The cost estimate means the remaining legal aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which includes impending environmental fines and settlement payments, could run up another $16 billion to $24 billion as the tangle of litigation around the spill unfolds for the next few years.
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Oil price recovery on the way, panel says, but pace will be slow

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In a webcast, the panel of experts from financial services giant Ernst & Young said that the energy sector is expected to rebound, albeit at a sluggish pace, after several months of unrest following the collapse in oil prices that began last fall.
Gregory Ebel, President and CEO of Spectra Energy, talks about the Texas Eastern Transmission which has 9,200 miles of pipeline connecting the Gulf Coast to Northeast United States on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, in Houston.  Gregory Ebel, President and CEO of Spectra Energy, is featured in a Business Q&A  ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Houston operator of ruptured gas pipeline fined in 2011 inspection

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Spectra Energy was cited during the 2011 inspection for three violations, including failure to inspect sections of pipe for corrosion, and was required to pay a civil penalty of $134,500, according to reports by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
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.
Categories: Arctic, Politics/Policy
A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Wyoming judge to hear challenge to federal fracking rules

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Four states and two petroleum industry groups are suing the U.S. Interior Department, saying the rules announced in March are unnecessarily burdensome for oil and gas developers.