BLM postpones Oct. 16 oil and gas lease sale

Albuquerque Business First

The Bureau of Land Management postponed an oil and gas lease sale in New Mexico scheduled for Oct. 16 due to the government shutdown, Albuquerque Business First reports.


Energy industry bracing for shutdown's impact

Hearst Newspapers

Though the impact of the government shutdown has been limited on the energy industry so far, analysts and industry officials are concerned a prolonged shutdown will ultimately slow new fossil fuel and renewable energy development, Hearst Newspapers reports.

Interior Department photo

Salazar enters fight over parks closures

As Republicans intensify criticism of the government shutdown's closing of national parks and memorials and halt to onshore drilling permits, former Interior secretary Ken Salazar is coming to President Barack Obama's defense.

Salazar on Thursday plans to point out the hits to public lands recreation and commerce caused by the shutdown via a media teleconference hosted by the left-leaning Center for American Progress.


Russia mulls new charges against Greenpeace

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian investigators say they're considering fresh charges against Greenpeace activists who were detained last month for an Arctic protest.


Obama accuses GOP of hurting oil boom in shutdown

President Barack Obama on Tuesday accused House Republicans  of undermining the growth in domestic oil and gas production by resisting his call to re-open the federal government.

At an afternoon press conference, Obama said Republican resistance to ending the government shutdown without concessions from him means onshore drilling permits and leases cannot be approved.

Office of Sen. Ron Wyden

Wyden sets hearing on shutdown impact to oil drilling, logging

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden said Tuesday he will hold a hearing on the government shutdown by next week, one that Republicans said they would use to press the Obama administration about controversial public lands and monuments closures.

The department has come under fire from Republicans and interest groups for barricades at monuments, national parks and federal recreation and hunting areas. It was unclear, however, if the Obama administration would send witnesses to testify before the shutdown is resolved.


Judge hears conflicting estimates of BP oil spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For weeks after BP's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, people across the globe were captivated by a live video feed from underwater cameras that showed the company's blown-out well belching plumes of black crude into the water.


Iraqi Kurds OK Abu Dhabi's Taqa plans to pump oil

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's northern self-ruled Kurdish region has given the green light to a consortium led by a United Arab Emirates state-run energy investment company to pump oil, a statement said Monday, in a latest move shows the Kurds' determination to pursue ambitious oil plans despite central government objections.


Chevron wins request for bench trial in Ecuador case


A federal judge granted Chevron Corp.'s request for a judge, not a jury, to hear its case against Ecuadorian plaintiffs and their lawyer for alleged fraud in a $19 billion pollution verdict against the company, Bloomberg reports.


Voser uncertain on timetable for Shell's return to Arctic drilling

The Hill

Outgoing Shell Chief Executive Peter Voser said the company has yet to develop a timetable for new attempts for oil exploration off the coast of Alaska, The Hill reports.


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