User: irge304 Topic: Energy Extraction
Category: Oil Exploration
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Minimum-wage hike and oil-drilling ban are among state bills shelved for the year 28.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
State lawmakers shelved bills Thursday to raise the minimum wage, ban oil drilling off the coast and provide work permits to agricultural laborers who are in the country illegally.
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Death of San Francisco woman leads to bill on deporting felons 28.8.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Environmental groups appeal ruling on Shell lease at Port of Seattle 28.8.2015 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
The coalition argues that an environmental review under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) was necessary because mooring Shell’s Artic oil rigs at Terminal 5 changed the use of the terminal.
Settlement reached in lawsuit over decade-old Gulf oil leak 27.8.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
NEW ORLEANS — Environmental groups and a New Orleans energy company have reached a settlement agreement in a lawsuit stemming from the company’s failed efforts to stop a decade-old, slow-motion oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A federal court filing Thursday stated that an agreement had been reached between Taylor Energy Company and the […]
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Oil Exploration Companies Scramble to Cut Costs 27.8.2015 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Across the oil exploration industry, smaller companies are renegotiating drilling commitments, selling off stakes in licenses and canceling plans to drill exploration wells—whatever it takes to pare back budgets that once hinged on expensive drilling programs.
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Canadian agency deciding Shell’s offshore drilling includes ex-Shell official 27.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

News of Tory-appointed official follows on Environment Minister granting Shell up to 21 days to stop underwater oil spills

The agency tasked with giving approval for Shell’s deep-water drilling off Canada’s east coast includes a Tory-appointed official who worked for Shell for decades, it has emerged.

Shell’s billion-dollar plans for exploratory drilling 200 km from Nova Scotia’s southern shore have been green-lighted by Canada’s Environment Minister, but they await a final review this fall by the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board.

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The battle to protect Alaska’s great wildlife sanctuary | Rebecca Solnit 27.8.2015 Guardian: Environment
As Barack Obama opens up the Arctic Ocean to oil drilling, how can this pristine wilderness withstand the human hunger for fossil fuels? At midnight on 29 June, the sun was directly north and well above the hills. It had not gone down since I arrived in the Arctic, three days earlier, and would not set for weeks. It rolled around the sky like a marble in a bowl, sometimes behind clouds or mountains or the smoke of the three or four hundred wildfires somewhere south of us, but never below the horizon. The midnight sun made the green hilltops glow gold, and lit our walk through the wildflowers and the clouds of mosquitoes to the mountaintop. Down below, I could see our tents, our camp kitchen, tiny from the heights, and our two rafts, all along the sandy beach and flowery grass bench alongside the shallow Kongakut River. A few days earlier, a couple of bush planes had dropped off our group of nine for a week’s journey 65 miles down the river that threads its way from the Brooks Range of mountains to the ...
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Clinton's Drilling Chill 27.8.2015 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
Hillary gets to the left of Obama on Arctic oil exploration.
Activists threaten lawsuit against EPA over fracking-induced earthquakes 27.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

Environmental groups band together to call on agency to improve laws for disposal of wastewater, often dumped in places that could leak toxic chemicals

Environmental groups have threatened to sue the Obama administration for failing to prevent swarms of earthquakes that came in the wake of America’s fracking boom.

In a first step to a lawsuit, the groups on Wednesday challenged the Environmental Protection Agency to improve what they said were weak laws governing the disposal of fracking waste – or go to court.

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US stocks open higher after selloff 26.8.2015 New Kerala: World News
New York, Aug 26 : US stocks opened higher on Wednesday as investors bought the dip after a six-day sharp decline.
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Will New Orleans Survive the Next Katrina? 26.8.2015 Mother Jones
I'm driving down a dirt road in the vast tangle of coastal bayous that stretch south of New Orleans, so that Reggie Dupre can show me his pride and joy. "This is the little silver lining on the very dark cloud that was over Louisiana," he says. In front of us, construction crews are shaping mounds of rock and dirt into a mile-long, 12-foot levy. On one side is a canal, crammed with boat traffic for the offshore oil drilling industry. On the other side is Terrabonne Parish, a rural community of commercial shrimp fishermen and oil roughnecks who rely on these waterways the same way a city kid like me relies on the subway. The levy dead-ends into a shiny new $25 million floodgate, the last line of defense against storm surges that accompany the hurricanes that frequently slam this coastline. Dupre is the director of the Terrabonne Levy and Conservation District, a county agency tasked with keeping the homes here above water. A decade ago—when Hurricane Katrina forced 1.5 million evacuations, killed nearly ...
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Charlotte Church sings outside Shell's London HQ in protest at Arctic drilling 26.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Church takes part in performance organised by Greenpeace aimed at persuading executives at oil giant to lift lid on plans to drill in Chukchi sea

The trains rumbled overhead, the rain drove in sideways and the buses steered through the crowds. But despite the distractions, Charlotte Church carried on singing the blues song This Bitter Earth.

She was performing metres from the oil giant Shell’s headquarters beside the Thames in London on Wednesday, in an effort to persuade company executives to blow the whistle on its Arctic drilling.

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Schlumberger buying Cameron International in $12.71B deal 26.8.2015 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
HOUSTON (AP) — Schlumberger is buying Cameron in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $12.71 billion that would create an oilfield equipment and service powerhouse. Cameron was the maker of the blowout preventer on the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon rig, which was rocked by an explosion and fire in 2010 that killed 11 workers and touched […]
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Meet the residents of America’s booming oil region – video 26.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

The Bakken region has been at the heart of the latest oil boom since the early 2000s, when new technology enabled horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to access minerals found in the layers of rock beneath the ground. It occupies 200,000 square miles, and stretches from Montana and North Dakota across into Saskatchewan and Manitoba in Canada.’When the oil is finally done and they don’t need all of us up here, it’s going to be a ghost town,’ says Jason Kane, a pipeline worker from Arizona

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Schlumberger to Buy Cameron for $12.7 Billion 26.8.2015 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Schlumberger said it agreed to buy Cameron International for about $12.74 billion in cash and stock, the latest move by the world’s biggest oil-field services company as the industry struggles with lower prices and rising supply.
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US environmental agency advising Australia on impact of fracking on water 26.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

The US’s Environmental Protection Agency has given Australia’s Department of the Environment details of recent fracking study and is peer reviewing papers

The Australian government has obtained information from US environmental regulators on the impact of fracking upon water supplies to help inform a new set of guidelines it is preparing on the controversial activity.

The US’s Environmental Protection Agency has supplied the Australian Department of the Environment with the details of a recent study on fracking. The EPA has also helped the department peer review a number of its own documents.

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In the Race for Arctic Energy, the U.S. and Russia Are Polar Opposites 26.8.2015 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
The Obama administration dithers while Moscow—with China close behind—revs up offshore oil production.
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Troubled California oil field regulator faces major overhaul 26.8.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
California’s embattled oil field regulatory agency will undergo a sweeping overhaul following revelations that the office for years let petroleum companies dump their waste water into federally protected aquifers. The state’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources will reorganize its staff into teams focused on specific technical areas, such as hydraulic fracturing or wastewater disposal. The division has come under intense criticism this year for allowing oil companies to drill hundreds of wastewater disposal wells into aquifers that could have been used for drinking or irrigation — groundwater that was supposed to be protected under federal law. Legislators complained that the office had been oblivious to the widespread use and potential pitfalls of fracking in the state, at a time when the drought made protecting groundwater a higher priority than ever before. An organization chart provided by the division shows teams specializing in underground injection wells, well-stimulation techniques, ...
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Seattle company pulls in $33M to create longer-lasting metal 25.8.2015 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
Modumetal raised a $33.5 million financing round to manufacture a metal that can last longer than steel and aluminum.
Is a tough presidential decision ahead? 25.8.2015 Durango Herald
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is the man in the middle, caught between the White House aspirations of two of his closest advisers: Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. For months, White House officials expected Clinton to be the Democratic nominee in the 2016 election. Some of...
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