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Last October, an unmanned barge with 950 gallons of fuel on board was in the Beaufort Sea when it broke free from the tug towing it. The weather was stormy and the tug captain decided it was too dangerous to try to retrieve the barge in turbulent ...
On a muddy bluff overlooking the Yellowstone River, Paul Peronard watched as workers tried to mop up oil through holes drilled into the frozen surface. Nearby, a whirring vacuum truck held crude from the first serious U.S. spill into icy water in ...
As the great research ship Chikyu left Shimizu in January to mine the explosive ice beneath the Philippine Sea, chances are good that not one of the scientists aboard realized they might be closing the door on Winston Churchill’s world. Their ...
This week’s grounding of a rig off the coast of Alaska adds to a series of mishaps in Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA)’s seven-year quest to tap the vast oil reserves of the Arctic and emboldened critics who say it can’t be done safely.
Political support may be holding for nuclear power and offshore
oil, despite the Fukushima and Macondo disasters, as decision-makers confront climate change and dwindling domestic energy reserves.
A theory of "Peak Everything" suggests ...
administration this morning proposed significant new funding for land and water conservation and offshore drilling
oversight that would be counterbalanced by cuts to agency construction, the U.S. Geological Survey and some tribal ...
It's a stunning fall morning in Washington, and Energy Secretary Steven Chu, clad in bike shorts and a snug Stanford University biking shirt, climbs onto his Colnago bicycle and rolls down his leafy street and onto the Capital Crescent Trail. ...
The next big offshore
oil disaster could take place in the remote Arctic seas where hurricane-force winds, 30ft seas, sub-zero temperatures and winter darkness would overwhelm any clean-up attempts, a new report warns.
With the ban on ...
When writer Anton Chekhov arrived on the Russian island of Sakhalin in 1890, he was overwhelmed by the harsh conditions at the Tsarist penal colony. It wasn't just the floggings, forced prostitution and ill-treatment of children in the colony. It ...
The climate bill that never passed was itself a miserable sell-out to corporate interests. But even that was too much for big business, and the Democrats quickly ran for cover. "So on the one side there were the Democrats--Kerry and Obama
U.S. oil workers on the Gulf of Mexico coast breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday over a government decision to lift an offshore
ban, but they remain wary about the future.
They said Tuesday's lifting of the drilling
What if, as in Hungary's red sludge disaster, oil executives faced possible prosecution for spills that result in loss of life?
On 11 October, the Christian Science Monitor reported that Hungarian police had arrested an executive ...
The Interior Department tightened its rules on offshore
oil and gas operations on Thursday but left in place the moratorium on deep-water drilling
that has left oil executives frustrated and Gulf Coast officials fuming.
The new rules — ...
administration today imposed new offshore drilling
safety regulations, a move needed to end its moratorium on deepwater exploratory drilling
, but it gave no indication of when that ban would be lifted.Instead, Interior Secretary ...
administration on Thursday announced new rules requiring that operators of offshore drilling
rigs certify they have working blowout preventers and standards for cementing wells.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the new rules ...
administration was set to release its latest set of requirements for offshore
oil drillers by Thursday as the government moves toward lifting its contested ban on deepwater drilling
in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Interior ...
Countries bordering the north-east Atlantic rejected a ban proposal on deep-sea offshore drilling
destined to avoid an environmental disaster comparable to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Norway said Friday.
The ban was proposed by Germany ...
A Democratic senator from Louisiana blocked US President Barack Obama
's pick for budget director to pressure for an end to a ban on offshore drilling
in the Gulf of Mexico.
Senator Mary Landrieu said Jacob Lew, whose nomination got 22-1 ...
Two Senate Democrats yesterday said they may support an amendment to block U.S. EPA climate rules, increasing the odds of its success when the Senate Appropriations Committee votes Thursday on EPA's budget.The potential supporters of an ...
Everyone gathered for the town hall meeting had been repeatedly instructed to show civility to the gentlemen from BP and the federal government. These fine folks had made time in their busy schedules to come to a high school gymnasium on a ...
Weeks before the world had ever heard of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, President Barack Obama
stood in the Roosevelt Room of the White House poring over maps of oil drilling
sites in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and elsewhere.
Sen. Lindsey Graham warns that President Barack Obama
will kill the last hopes for comprehensive energy and climate change legislation if he cracks down on offshore
In a sit-down interview with The Hill, the Republican ...
reversed a planned expansion of offshore drilling
today, admitting he had been wrong to believe that oil companies were prepared to deal with a catastrophic oil spill.
He told a White House press conference he was ordering a ...
It may be time to stop referring to the Deepwater Horizon rig accident in the Gulf of Mexico as an oil spill. A spill sounds like something temporary, a glass of milk overturned, which empties and then can be cleaned up. But what is unfolding in ...
MELISSA BLOCK, host:
From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block. And we begin this hour with the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Today, President Obama
sent several members of his cabinet to the ...