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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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Categories: Arctic, featured
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.

Records detail equipment failure on Arctic drilling rig

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Categories: Arctic, featured
Shell's Arctic drilling vessel the Noble Discoverer arrives in Everette on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Daniella Beccaria, seattlepi.com)
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.
(Jordan Blum/Houston Chronicle)

Getting a glimpse of Exxon Mobil’s new campus

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The complex resembles a modern college campus with plenty of landscaping, about 20 buildings, three large parking garages, a wellness center and more.

Cleanup crews work in Lac-Megantic, Quebec after a runaway oil train derailment and explosion on July 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

Regulatory limbo keeping safer crude cars off the tracks, lawmaker says

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The government’s long delay in drafting mandates for stronger tankers to haul crude across the nation’s train tracks is paralyzing companies that want to invest in safer cars, a Democratic lawmaker charged Wednesday.
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Critics take aim at upcoming federal report on Atlantic drilling

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The Obama administration is on track this week to release a final environmental analysis that would help pave the way for the first seismic studies in decades to pinpoint oil and gas off the East Coast, as well as potential drilling in the 2020s.
Categories: Offshore
Crewmen work a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Winnsboro. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Report says Keystone contractor followed federal rules

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The State Department followed federal guidelines regarding use of outside contractors, the report said.
Categories: Keystone XL
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BP loses ruling on payments to seafood workers

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At issue are alleged improprieties by a lawyer involved in the spill accord,
Categories: Gulf oil spill
Transocean Ltd. President and CEO Steven Newman, testifies during a Senate committee hearing on response efforts to the Gulf Coast oil spill in 2010. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

Transocean’s fourth-quarter profit drops

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The company also announced Wednesday that it awarded contracts worth $1.2 billion for construction of two new ultradeep-water drillships.
Categories: Markets, Offshore
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Oil gains as U.S. supplies rise less than expected

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Crude for April delivery rose 76 cents to $102.59 a barrel.
TransCanada CEO Russ Girling talks about the future and present of the company's pipeline before an event at Ford Park in Beaumont on Wednesday.  (Guiseppe Barranco/@spotnewsshooter)

Canadian crude now moving through Keystone XL’s southern leg

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The Keystone XL southern leg has delivered its first barrels of Canadian oil to the Texas coast, even though the project still lacks its planned northern leg into Canada, TransCanada’s CEO said in an interview.