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Shell Ends Arctic Drilling Operations

Shell has abandoned its Arctic drilling operations, yesterday announcing it will cease further exploration activity in offshore Alaska for the foreseeable future. The decision comes as the oil giant has been under increasing pressure from environmentalists and businesses to halt its drilling operations in the Arctic Ocean. After exploring the … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Oil by Rail, Free Trade Deal, Arctic Drilling

The US National Transportation Safety Board and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada yesterday issued recommendations for crude oil transportation by rail. They proposed that rail carriers develop spill-response plans and avoid highly populated areas. Such transportation has come under increasing pressure after a series of derailments and fires. Last week … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: FERC Nominees, Navajo Generating Station, Aviation

The White House is considering new nominees to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, after fully half the members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee lined up against the nomination of Ron Binz. The lack of committee support effectively kills Binz’s nomination, Bloomberg says. The EPA announced a supplemental … Read more »

Shell Scraps 2012 Arctic Drilling Program

Royal Dutch Shell has stopped its Arctic oil drilling program for this year after a containment dome to cap any spills was damaged. The time needed to repair the dome means Shell won’t have enough time to deep drill off Alaska in 2012. Instead, the company said it will begin … Read more »

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