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Chevron, Merck disclose funding to 2010 attack-ad groups

Some secret donors who gave money to groups that paid for millions of dollars in attack ads during the 2010 midterm elections are becoming public.  More »
Shell's Arctic-class drill ship, the Kulluk, is shown as it is towed near Alaska. Shell is moving the Kulluk drilling unit from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, to a Seattle shipyard for ongoing maintenance and planned, technical upgrades. (Photo courtesy of Shell Oil Co.)

Memo details Alaska oil, gas industry lobbying

A new legislative memo suggests that about $2.2 million was spent on lobbying last year by the oil and gas industry and three affiliated organizations.  More »
Mickal Vogt of Covington, La., uses a stick to place tar balls in a jar that washed up on the shore in Orange Beach, Ala., Saturday, June 12, 2010. Large amounts of the oil battered the Alabama coast, leaving deposits of the slick mess some 4-6 inches thick on the beach in some parts. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Researcher finds dangerous bacteria in tarballs

Cova Arias usually studies oysters, not tarballs.  More »
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Oil near $105 amid possible reserves release

Oil hovered above $105 a barrel today in Asia, capped by the possible release of crude reserves by Western nations.  More »
The Wednesday, March 28, 2012 aerial shot provided by Greenpeace shows Total's Elgin Wellhead Platform in the North Sea off the shore of Scotland. A two-mile exclusion zone has been set up around the offshore platform in the North Sea which has been evacuated after a gas leak, Tuesday, March 27, 2012. The leak on Total's Elgin PUQ platform, about 150 miles (241km) off the coast of Aberdeen, led to the evacuation of all 238 workers on Sunday. Photo: Martin Langer / Greenpeace

Activists worry over North Sea platform gas leak

Environmental groups warned Thursday they fear an oil spill could be triggered at a North Sea offshore platform that has been leaking highly pressurized gas since the weekend.  More »
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Lawmakers target conflicting environmental, power reliability laws

A bipartisan group of lawmakers including three Texans introduced legislation today that seeks to fix what they view as a legally thorny conflict between environmental and electric reliability laws.  More »
Total headquarters outside Paris. (AP file photo/Jacques Brinon)

Total considers relief well to stem North Sea Elgin gas leak

Total SA is considering drilling a relief well to halt a natural-gas and condensate leak from its Elgin platform in the U.K. North Sea.  More »
This is an undated handout photo issued by Total E&P UK Ltd of Total's Elgin PUQ (Process/Utilities/Quarters)  platform. A two-mile exclusion zone has been set up around the offshore platform in the North Sea which has been evacuated after a gas leak, Tuesday, March 27, 2012. The leak on Total's Elgin PUQ platform, about 150 miles (241km) off the coast of Aberdeen, led to the evacuation of all 238 workers on Sunday. (AP Photo  / TOTAL E&P UK Ltd)

Total says no explosion risk in North Sea gas leak

A flare is still burning on the North Sea offshore platform that has been leaking gas for days, operator Total S.A. said Wednesday, though it claimed there was no threat of an explosion under current weather conditions.  More »
House Natural Resources Committee chairman Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash, leads a committee hearing. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

Oil leaders, GOP allies, downplay administration’s seismic plans

The Obama administration’s announcement that it may allow seismic studies potentially paving the way for offshore drilling along the East Coast is political posturing designed to distract voters concerned about high gasoline prices, oil industry leaders and Republican lawmakers said today.  More »
Shell used the Noble Discoverer to explore in the Chukchi Sea in 2012. (Photo courtesy of Shell Oil Co.)

Feds approve Shell’s emergency plans for Arctic wells

Federal officials have approved Shell Oil Co.’s emergency plans for dealing with an oil spill in the Beaufort Sea near Alaska — a major hurdle for the firm to launch exploratory drilling later this year.  More »
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Poll: Most don’t blame Obama on gas prices but do fault his response

Most Americans don’t credit President Obama with causing higher gasoline prices, but they do disapprove of how he’s responding to them, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.  More »
Prices for three grades of gasoline are posted in front of a service station Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, in Bellevue, Wash., near Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Obama officials rip into GOP gasoline bills

Obama administration officials ripped into GOP proposals to tie Strategic Petroleum Reserve releases to increases in federal oil and gas land leases and require additional analyses of the economic impacts of several oil- and gasoline-related environmental regulations.  More »