Shell's top official in Alaska declined on Wednesday to address the problems it encountered during its initial exploration for oil in the Arctic Ocean last year, but stressed that the company's drilling program was carried out "safely and successfully."
At a Senate Commerce oceans subcommittee field hearing in Anchorage chaired by Chairman Mark Begich, D-Alaska, Shell Alaska Vice President Pete Slaiby also maintained that its mishaps were maritime problems. He said the grounding of the Kulluk drilling platform during towing in December had "minimal impact to the environment."
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Greenland's new government said Wednesday it doesn't plan to issue any new licenses for offshore oil exploration, an announcement that was welcomed by environmentalists who oppose drilling in Arctic waters.
Congressional Republicans continue to push expanded oil and gas drilling to fund transportation infrastructure, despite a continuing debate on how much revenue such an expansion could yield, Politico reports.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 said Tuesday that its recent discovery of missing cement samples was the result of a "simple misunderstanding," not an attempt to withhold crucial evidence.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Transocean employee who served as chief mate on the Deepwater Horizon testified Monday that he believes the rig crew's emergency training saved lives following the 2010 explosion that killed 11 workers and triggered the nation's worst offshore oil spill.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane said the NRC can't consider a public hearing on the San Onofre nuclear plant until June, when an appeal period of an Atomic Safety and Licensing Board ruling ends.