SEATTLE (AP) — Neither a protest by hundreds of demonstrators nor a permit violation notice from the city will halt Royal Dutch Shell's use of a Seattle seaport terminal as it prepares for exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, spokesmen say.
The violation notice issued Monday by the Seattle Department of Planning and Development said use of Terminal 5 by a massive floating drill rig was in violation of the site's permitted use as a cargo terminal. The 400-foot Polar Pioneer and its support tug Aiviq must be removed from the terminal or Shell's host, Foss Maritime, must obtain an appropriate permit, the city indicated.
SEATTLE (AP) — A few hundred critics of oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean blocked the entrances Monday to a seaport terminal in Seattle, where Royal Dutch Shell's massive floating drill rig will be loaded up before heading to the waters off Alaska this summer.
Protesters holding banners and flags marched across a bridge to Terminal 5, temporarily closing the road during Monday morning's commute. Once at the terminal, they spread out across the entrances.
New Dominion LLC confirms that its oil wastewater well - located near the epicenter of the big 2011 earthquake near Prague, Oklahoma - was drilled deep enough that it now needs to be made shallower, but denies it had anything to do with causing the quake, E&E reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A plunge in energy-related drilling and sluggish manufacturing sent U.S. industrial output down for a fifth straight month in April.
Overall industrial production slid 0.3 percent in April after a drop of the same size in March, the Federal Reserve said Friday. The figures suggest that weakness in manufacturing and mining is weighing heavily on the economy.
SEATTLE (AP) — As a massive oil drill rig moved into Seattle, about two dozen activists in kayaks paddled to the middle of Elliott Bay, linked boats and unfurled a banner to make a stand against Royal Dutch Shell's plan to open a new frontier of fossil fuel exploration in the Arctic Ocean.
The 400-foot-long rig rising nearly 300 feet above the water dwarfed the flotilla of tiny boats on Thursday, as it passed the city's Space Needle and downtown skyline and docked at Terminal 5.
A number of companies that sought to shield themselves from declining crude prices with long-term contracts will start feeling the pinch as those deals expire, and that—combined with more stringent lending standards from banks—will likely see more firms defaulting on their debt in the coming months, according to predictions from Moody’s Investors Services, FuelFix reports.
Researchers keeping tabs on the greater sage grouse in western states have spotted substantially more of them this year, although they say it’s too early to make assumptions about the birds’ future, E&E reports.
Although U.S. trade representative Michael Froman says he's still optimistic that the U.S. and Asian partners can hammer out a major trade deal, their failure to do so last week raises the risk that the talks could become entangled with the 2016 campaign, Politico reports.
New research says most offices are using a decades-old formula that’s based on male physiology and clothing habits, and recommends companies consider easing up on the air conditioning, The New York Times reports.
Republican presidential candidates already have been lining up to denounce the Obama administration's new limits on power plant carbon emissions, with Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio offering criticism at a Koch-backed Freedom Partners forum in California and Jeb Bush calling the Clean Power Plan “irresponsible and overreaching,” National Journal reports.
House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop's reservations about the Land and Water Conservation Fund mean any proposal to renew its authorization will meet a challenge on Capitol Hill, The Hill reports.