SEATTLE (AP) — Weeks before a 400-foot oil-drilling rig is expected in Seattle, the city's mayor Ed Murray said Monday the Port of Seattle can't host Royal Dutch Shell offshore Arctic fleet until it gets a new land-use permit.
Shell has been planning to base its fleet — including a drill rig and two tug boats — at the port's Terminal 5 across from downtown Seattle for six months each year, when they're not being used in the Arctic. Environmentalists have already sued over the plan, saying the port broke state law in February when it signed a two-year lease with Foss Maritime, whose client is Shell.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Attorneys for Royal Dutch Shell PLC presented testimony to a federal court judge Tuesday that the company needs safety zones around its Arctic drill fleet to prevent Greenpeace USA activists from endangering company workers and themselves.
An attorney for Greenpeace told U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason that Shell's request would usurp the maritime authority Congress gave to the Coast Guard and harm free speech rights of Greenpeace activists, who have the right to approach Shell vessels to draw attention to harmful drilling in the Arctic.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two groups petitioned the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday for an investigation of Royal Dutch Shell PLC and what the groups call misstatements in regulatory filings regarding the risk of a catastrophic oil spill from Arctic offshore drilling.
The petition was filed Monday by Oceana and the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School.
HOUSTON (AP) _ In the year since the energy industry last gathered in for its big annual confab in Houston, prices for oil and natural gas took a dive that few, if anyone, saw coming.
A chastened parade of energy executives, analysts, academics and government officials from several countries delivered speeches and participated in panels as part of IHS's CERAWeek energy conference, worrying over prices and making a profit, and speculating on what it could all mean for economies and consumers around the world.
A documentary chronicling the lives of residents and workers in the oil-rich region of North Dakota and Montana that has created a modern-day gold rush will start airing Sunday on the Smithsonian Channel.
The six-episode "Boomtowners" is the latest television project aimed at capturing the complexities of life in the Bakken shale region that has attracted thousands of workers from around the country and their families as they seek high-paying jobs in the oil fields. The series focuses on several people including a judge whose caseload has soared, a Phoenix-native trucker who hauls oil across the region, and an oil field worker who's a street preacher on his days off.
In the latest back-and-forth over the Interior Department’s proposal for offshore oil and gas development, a coalition of 163 Republican lawmakers urged the federal government to expand its horizons and open more waters to development, a day after Democrats pressed for more restrictions offshore.
Sending a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Thursday, the GOP group -- led by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and House Natural Resources Chair Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah -- took issue with the department’s draft five-year plan for offshore oil and gas development from 2017 to 2022.
Nine states, led by South Carolina, filed suit in Georgia against the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Rule, bringing the total number of states taking legal action over the regulation to 27, The Hill reports.
The permission the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granted to Shell to operate two exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea this summer will only allow drilling at one of them at any one time, FuelFix reports.
The U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards did not throw out the rule itself, offering no legal guidance on the EPA’s attempt to limit power plant carbon emissions, E&E reports.
Hot weather has prompted the California Independent System Operator to issue a Flex Alert for the first time in two years, calling on electricity customers to cut back on their power usage, KRON reports.
The decision to extend the deadline on Iran's nuclear talks helped support oil prices Tuesday, which finished with a 25 percent overall gain in the second quarter. U.S. benchmark crude for August delivery soared 2 percent, rising $1.14 to $59.47 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent jumped 2.5 percent to $63.59, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Ahead of Canada’s parliamentary elections, opposition leader Justin Trudeau has made several environmental promises, including a pledge to continue the country’s focus on climate change and one to spend hundreds of millions to support clean energy, the CBC reports.
Wisconsin Energy Corp. may have followed through on its decision to change its name to WEC Energy Group Inc., but it hasn’t found a new location for its headquarters, the Milwaukee Business Journal reports.
The narrow window for Shell to drill exploratory wells in the Arctic could become even smaller as a result of sea ice clogging the area around the Chuckchi Sea’s Burger prospect, where the company is planning to conduct its operations, FuelFix reports.