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Supreme Court rules against oil drilling platform workers

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday against workers on oil drilling platforms off California who argued they should be paid for the off-work time they spend on the platform, including …


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019, 10:32 p.m.

Trump easing offshore drilling safety rules from Deepwater

The Trump administration on Thursday moved to ease safety regulations adopted after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon blowout, the worst offshore oil disaster in U.S. history that killed nearly a …


Judge restores Obama-era drilling ban in Arctic

President Donald Trump exceeded his authority when he reversed bans on offshore drilling in vast parts of the Arctic Ocean and dozens of canyons in the Atlantic Ocean, a U.S. …


Interior secretary: ‘Opposition’ to offshore drill plan

PLAINSBORO, N.J. – Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke acknowledges there is “a lot of opposition” to President Donald Trump’s plan to open most of the nation’s coastline to oil and gas …


Back-door ban: States fight Trump drill plan with local bans

Some coastal states opposed to President Donald Trump’s plan to allow oil and gas drilling off most of the nation’s coastline are fighting back with proposed state laws designed to …


Public lands commissioner decries offshore drilling proposal

Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz has joined other Pacific Northwest officials voicing concern about a Trump administration proposal to sell oil leases off the Washington coast.


Offshore drilling foes, denied microphone, hold rallies

With giant inflatable whales, signs that read “Drilling Is Killing” and chants of “Where’s our meeting?” opponents of President Donald Trump’s plan to open most of the nation’s coastline to …


Denied mic, foes of offshore drilling plan hold rallies

With giant inflatable whales, signs that read “Drilling Is Killing,” and chants of “Where’s our meeting?,” opponents of President Donald Trump’s plan to open most of the nation’s coastline to …


Inslee, tribal groups object to offshore drilling plans

Gov. Jay Inslee will join tribal groups and coastal businesses to object to plans for oil drilling offshore of Washington state.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 5:39 p.m.

Official: Plan to exclude Florida from drilling isn’t final

The Trump administration’s promise to exempt Florida from an offshore drilling plan is not a formal action, an Interior Department official said Friday in a statement that Democrats said contradicted …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 10:52 p.m.

Governor office: Zinke reconsiders drilling off Oregon Coast

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke agreed to consider exempting Oregon from the Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan after speaking with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, her office said Friday.


Gov. Inslee wants Washington removed from drilling plan

Gov. Jay Inslee is asking U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to remove Washington, along with the entire Pacific coastline, from a list of proposed sites for potential offshore oil and …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 8:35 p.m.

Senator: Drilling plan carve-out for Florida may be illegal

The Trump administration may have violated federal law by exempting Florida from a national plan to expand offshore drilling, a Democratic senator charged Thursday.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 9, 2018, 5:58 p.m.

Trump administration says no oil drilling off Florida coast

The Trump administration said Tuesday it would not allow oil drilling off the coast of Florida, abruptly reversing course under pressure from Republican Gov. Rick Scott.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 4:38 p.m.

Trump moves to vastly expand offshore drilling

Sources say the Trump administration is moving to vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans, including opening up federal waters off the coast of California for …


Eni receives federal permit for U.S. Arctic offshore drilling

A subsidiary of an Italian energy company has received a federal permit to drill the first oil exploration wells in U.S. Arctic waters in two years.


UPDATED: Wed., May 3, 2017, 8:16 p.m.

Groups sue to keep drilling ban in Arctic, Atlantic waters

Environmental and Alaska Native groups sued Wednesday to overturn an executive order by President Donald Trump that could lead to expanded petroleum drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.


UPDATED: Fri., April 28, 2017, 2:42 p.m.

Experts: Long road ahead for Trump offshore drilling order

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that could open large parts of the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic oceans to new oil and gas drilling, creating yet another clash …


Obama admin blocks seismic surveys in Atlantic Ocean

The Obama administration on Friday rejected requests by energy companies to conduct seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean to map potential drilling sites for oil and natural gas.


Obama bans future oil leases in much of Arctic, Atlantic

President Barack Obama on Tuesday designated the bulk of U.S.-owned waters in the Arctic Ocean and certain areas in the Atlantic Ocean as indefinitely off limits to future oil and …


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.


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.


Interior Department curbs future Arctic offshore drilling

The Interior Department announced Friday it is canceling future lease sales and will not extend current leases in Arctic waters off Alaska’s northern coast, a decision that significantly reduces the …


Panel: Dollars did not trump safety in Gulf spill

The presidential commission investigating the BP Gulf oil spill challenged claims in Congress that the oil company and others sacrificed safety to cuts cost. In preliminary findings issued today, the …


Cement starts flowing to plug BP well for good

Crews started pumping cement today deep under the seafloor to permanently plug BP’s blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico.


BP forces cement into Gulf oil well

LOS ANGELES – It took BP a mere five hours to pump a stream of cement down the throat of its troublesome well Thursday, finishing another major step in its …


Officials respond to well fix with cautious optimism

VENICE, La. – BP’s long and halting effort to bring an end to the Gulf of Mexico disaster crossed a key threshold Wednesday when the company packed its ruptured well …


Crush of mud plugs BP’s well in the Gulf

In the end, it was a crush of mud that finally plugged the blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico, three months after the offshore drilling rig explosion that unleashed …


Pressure drops as static kill fills well

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO – BP embarked Tuesday on an operation that could seal the biggest offshore oil leak in U.S. history once and for all, forcing mud down …


4.9 million barrels spilled in the Gulf

LOS ANGELES – BP’s outlaw well released more than 200 million gallons of oil before it was capped, government officials said Monday, as the company prepared to stuff the well …