Fuel Fix

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.

The drillship Noble Discoverer did preliminary drilling in Alaska's Chukchi Sea for Shell in 2012. An appeals court ruling Jan. 22, 2014, could delay  Shell's plans to return to the Alaskan offshore region in summer of 2014.

Appeals court ruling could delay further U.S. Arctic drilling

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A federal appeals court in San Francisco has revived a lawsuit challenging a sale of offshore Alaska oil leases, a ruling that could delay oil company efforts to explore there.
Categories: Arctic, Environment
(AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

New lawsuit filed against Cape Wind power project

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Opponents of a proposed wind farm in Nantucket Sound have filed a federal lawsuit saying the state overstepped its authority when it brokered an agreement for a major utility to buy power from the project.
Categories: Legal issues, Wind
(AP photo)

European Union relaxes renewables target

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The European Commission is shying away from more ambitious mandatory renewable energy goals in its fight against climate change.
Categories: Environment, Europe
Oil Barrel

Oil above $95 as IMF raises global growth forecast

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The price of oil rose Wednesday amid expectations for solid demand after the International Monetary Fund raised its growth forecasts for the world and U.S. economies.
Categories: Crude oil, Markets
Searchers dig through the rubble for victims of the inferno in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Monday, July 8, 2013, as  firefighter continue to hose down tanker cars to prevent explosions.  A runaway train derailed igniting tanker cars carrying crude oil .  (AP Photo/ THE CANADIAN PRESS,Ryan Remiorz)

Railroad in deadly Canada derailment auctioned off

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A Chapter 11 trustee had said the goal was to recoup losses for creditors while keeping the entire rail line in operation.

Categories: Accidents, Canada, Rail
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Texans shaken by quakes demand halt on injection wells (video)

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Residents of a North Texas town that has been shaken by a rash of earthquakes descended on a meeting of state regulators Tuesday and called for a moratorium on nearby injection wells.
Categories: Politics/Policy, Weather
An INOXCVA mobile refueling system was on display at the company's Baytown plant on Jan. 21, 2013. (Zain Shauk/Houston Chronicle)

Portable LNG system could solve oil field refueling problems

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Some energy companies have started moving water and sand to oil fields on trucks powered by natural gas, but refueling them can sometimes be a challenge.