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UPDATED: Wed., April 10, 2019

Conservation group sues to block drilling near Mount St. Helens

A conservation group has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management over the agencies’ decision to allow exploratory drilling in the upper Green River …

Federal judge casts doubt on Trump’s drilling plans across the U.S. because they ignore climate change

A federal judge ruled late Tuesday that the Interior Department violated federal law by failing to take into account the climate impact of its oil and gas leasing out west.

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018

U.S. to ease oil drilling controls protecting imperiled bird

The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with plans to ease restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling, mining and other activities across millions of acres in the American West that …

Trump rolls back pollution rules for drilling on U.S. lands

The Trump administration on Tuesday rolled back an Obama-era rule that forced energy companies to capture methane – a key contributor to climate change that’s released in huge amounts during …

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017

Alaska lawmaker sees financial boon in refuge drilling

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says her legislation to open Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling would generate $2 billion in royalties over the next decade – …

Front & Center: Newport driller works hard not to come up dry

NEWPORT – Morgan Joy drills for water. Fortunately for clients, his wells are rarely as dry as his humor.

Senate votes to raise revenue by drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The Senate rejected an amendment Thursday that sought to block a key panel from raising revenue through drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a move that could make it …

Exxon says it will reduce methane leaks from gas drilling

Exxon Mobil vows to reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from its natural gas drilling operations.

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 9, 2017

Trump administration nears decision that sets stage for offshore drilling in the Atlantic

Environmental groups are bracing for the Trump administration to approve controversial testing along the Eastern seaboard that would mark a significant step toward offshore drilling in waters off the coast …

UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017

GOP targets Endangered Species Act as protections lifted

Congressional Republicans are moving forward with legislation to roll back the Endangered Species Act, amid complaints that the 44-year-old law hinders drilling, logging and other activities.

After dismal 2016, shale gas drillers begin to turn a corner

Pennsylvania’s moribund drilling industry, which has struggled with persistently low prices and a dearth of infrastructure to get its product to market, is showing signs of life.

UPDATED: Wed., May 10, 2017

Senate blocks move to overturn Obama-era rule on drilling

Environmentalists notched a rare win in the Republican-led Senate on Wednesday as a GOP effort to reverse an Obama-era rule restricting harmful methane emissions unexpectedly failed.

Libya says its oil production tops 800,000 barrels per day

Libya’s national oil company says oil production in the violence-plagued country has exceeded 800,000 barrels a day for the first time since 2014.

Trump, reversing Obama, will push to expand drilling in Arctic, Atlantic

President Donald Trump will take a major step Friday to expand oil and gas drilling off U.S. shores, directing the Interior Department to lift restrictions that President Barack Obama imposed …

Japan-led research group preparing to drill down to the mantle

Aiming for the world’s first-ever direct excavation of the Earth’s mantle, an international research group led by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) will conduct a preliminary …

California governor seeks permanent ban on offshore drilling

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday asked President Barack Obama to permanently ban new offshore oil and gas drilling in the state before he leaves office.

U.S. to speed oil, gas permits amid sharp drop in applications

U.S. officials announced plans Thursday to speed up permitting for oil and gas drilling on federal and Indian lands to reduce delays, as applications were projected to be down 40 …

Scientists tell Obama: Drop Arctic from plans for offshore drilling

Nearly 400 scientists have signed a letter urging President Obama to eliminate the possibility of Arctic offshore drilling in the near future by taking the Arctic Ocean out of the …

Anti-oil protests coincide with blue heron nesting season

Thousands of people are planning to rally in Anacortes this weekend to protest the oil flowing from two refineries in the area.

Shell relinquishes offshore leases in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea

Royal Dutch Shell PLC confirmed Tuesday it will relinquish all but one of its federal offshore leases in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s northwest coast.

Federal fracking rule in hands of federal judge in Wyoming

The future of federal rules aimed at protecting land, water and wildlife from energy-production practices including hydraulic fracturing now rests with a judge in Wyoming.

Feds: EPA fails to protect water from oilfield contamination

A federal review says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing to protect drinking-water reserves from oilfield contamination.

Obama administration to block oil drilling in Atlantic

In a major reversal, the Obama administration said Tuesday it will not allow oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.

Nigerians sue Shell for oil spills contamination

Tens of thousands of Nigerian fishermen and farmers are suing multinational oil giant Shell in two new lawsuits filed Wednesday in a British High Court, alleging that decades of uncleaned …

Need to fill your gas tank? Here’s some good news

A glut of oil will keep prices from rebounding until next year, much later than previously forecast, experts at the International Energy Agency said Monday.

45 million more Gulf acres to be opened for energy development

The federal government will hold lease sales next month to open up 45 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas exploration, the Obama administration announced Thursday.

U.S. seeks to limit methane gas ‘flaring’ at drilling sites

The Obama administration on Friday proposed new rules to clamp down on oil companies that burn off natural gas on public land.

U.S. drilling states get guidance on handling quakes

A group of U.S. drilling states, seismologists, academics and industry experts issued guidance in a frank new 150-page report on handling human-induced earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing or the disposal …

As icebreaker heads north, Shell prepares for Arctic Ocean exploratory drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Hours after a repaired Shell icebreaker eased past protesters in Oregon to join an Arctic drilling operation, the oil giant used other vessels in its flotilla to …

Controversial drilling next to Glacier will end

HELENA – A Colorado exploration company will stop drilling next to Glacier National Park, with company officials saying they haven’t located enough oil and gas to continue after 14 wells …