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Gulf of St. Lawrence oil projects topic of discussion for 2014

Ashley Fitzpatrick, The Telegram (St. John's, NL), December 28, 2013

From Old Harry to offshore Port au Port, western Newfoundland centre of talk

More massive tar mats from BP oil spill discovered on Louisiana beaches

Bob Marshall, The Lens (New Orleans), Dec 18, 2013

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster was just a month old and BP’s crude oil was still gushing from the Gulf floor when state officials began to grasp the true scope of the insult to Louisiana’s coast: Beaches, estuaries and wetlands would be under assault for decades.

Public input wanted on NS offshore drilling program

Greg Bennett,, Dec 3 2013

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency wants public input before deciding if a federal environmental assessment is required for a proposed drilling project off the southwestern coast of Nova Scotia.

Gulf oil spill: Halliburton to plead guilty to destroying evidence

Reuters,, July 26 2013

Contractor to plead guilty over deleted computer simulations testing methods used to cement Deepwater Horizon well

Halliburton has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the US department of justice said on Thursday.

Canada raises liability for offshore oil spills to $1-billion

Shawn McCarthy, The Globe and Mail, Jun. 18 2013

OTTAWA — The federal government will raise the bar for oil companies operating off the East Coast and in the Arctic, increasing the limit on their liability for environmental and other damage from a blowout or oil spill to $1-billion.

Interior Dept. Warns Shell on Arctic Drilling

John M. Broder, New York Times, March 14, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Shell Oil Company must provide a detailed plan addressing numerous safety and operational issues that plagued its efforts to extract oil beneath the Arctic Ocean last year if it wants to resume drilling off the coast of Alaska, the Interior Department said Thursday.

Weather continues to prevent assessment of damage to Shell drill rig

Richard Mauer & Lisa Demer, Anchorage Daily News, January 1, 2012

Update, 10:15 a.m. Wednesday:

More flyovers are planned for Wednesday to assess the condition of the Shell drilling rig Kulluk, which sits grounded on Sitkalidak Island, off Kodiak.

Shell drill rig aground off Kodiak, appears to be intact

Lisa Demer, Anchorage Daily News, January 1, 2013 (18:34 PST)

BP granted exploration rights off Nova Scotia

Keith Doucette, The Star, 16 Nov 2012

HALIFAX — BP has been granted the right to explore in Nova Scotia’s offshore after the energy giant submitted a $1 billion bid, the highest ever accepted for deepwater exploration rights in Atlantic Canada.

Lessons aplenty for Shell Oil after first Arctic 'drilling season'

Alex DeMarban, Alaska Dispatch, Oct 11, 2012

Believing the U.S. Arctic Ocean contains one of the world's richest undiscovered oil and gas plays, Royal Dutch Shell is already considering what it will take to ship vast amounts of oil across Alaska.

Oil and Ice Don't Mix - The Risks of Drilling in Alaska's Arctic Ocean

Kiley Kroh & Michael Conathan, Climate Progress / Video Report, August 20 2012

Offshore oil rigs drilling deeper than ever

Andrew Callus, Reuters, Globe and Mail, Aug. 14 2012

LONDON — Booming like never before, the offshore oil and gas industry is exploring ever deeper into the ocean and drilling further under the sea bed, bringing strikes like one this week off Brazil, which may be one of the biggest yet in the region.

Ohio Governor Signs Executive Order Prohibiting Oil and Gas Drilling in Lake Erie

EcoWatch, June 11 2012

On July 11, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed an Executive Order prohibiting the Ohio Department of Natural Resources from “issuing any permit, license or lease allowing” oil and gas drilling in or under Lake Erie.

Biologists call for action to stop multiple oil and mud spills off Newfoundland

By Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press, July 4, 2012

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - More than 34,000 litres of oil and drilling mud that spilled off Newfoundland last year are a threat to wildlife that highlights a need for more offshore oversight, say biologists.

BP Covered Up Blow-out Two Years Prior to Deadly Deepwater Horizon Spill

Greg Palast, Eco Watch, 20 Apr 2012

Two years before the Deepwater Horizon blow-out in the Gulf of Mexico, another BP off-shore rig suffered a nearly identical blow-out, but BP concealed the first one from the U.S. regulators and Congress.

North Sea Gas Leak: Experts Assess Climate Impact of Ongoing Accident

By Elizabeth Grossman, InsideClimate News, Apr 5, 2012

The sizeable leak from a plugged well raises fresh concerns about accidents and methane's role in global warming.

Officials Say Arctic Nations Not Prepared for Oil Spill

By Kate McPherson, KTVA Alaska, March 23, 2012

Representatives from eight Arctic nations met in Girdwood to work on spill response plan

GIRDWOOD - Representatives from the eight countries of the Arctic Council met in Girdwood for three days this week to work on an oil spill response plan.

Windfarms: An ill wind of change?

By Christopher Middleton, Telegraph, 09 Feb 2012

As the world’s biggest windfarm opens off Cumbria, critics continue to question the turbine boom.

Chevron: Offshore rig near Nigeria's oil-rich delta catches fire; search for workers ongoing

By Yinka Ibukun, The Associated Press, Canadian Business, January 16, 2012

LAGOS, Nigeria - An offshore rig exploring possible deep-water oil and gas fields off Nigeria's coast for Chevron Corp. caught fire Monday, and the oil company said officials were still trying to account for all those working there.

0:9 Pipelines will fuel plenty of talk

By Derrick Penner, Vancouver Sun, December 31, 2011

Final call on proposal expected at end of 2013, following multitude of hearings and reviews

Enbridge Inc.'s Northern Gateway pipeline project began life nearly a decade ago as a market study on how to open up Alberta's oilsands resources to ocean trade with Asia.

The Oil that comes in from the cold

Humberto Marquez, Interpress Service, Nation of Change, Dec 30, 2011

“Between 13 and 20 percent of the undiscovered oil on the planet is under the Arctic ocean, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).”

Why is a scientist at an offshore oil agency under investigation?

Patti Epler, Tony Hopfinger, Alaska Dispatch, Jul 28, 2011
A respected government scientist was barred from his job and banned from talking to his his co-workers earlier this month and the question no one seems to
be able -- or willing -- to answer is why.

Exhausted global oil supplies make Arctic the new hydrocarbon frontier

Terry Macalister,, 5 July 2011

The rich, cream-and-chocolate room furnishings, delicate finger foods and "speed networking" sessions at the five-star Jumeirah Carlton Tower hotel in Knightsbridge, London, are just what you would expect from an oil industry get-together.

Danish commandoes wade into Greenpeace Arctic oil protest

John Vidal,, May 24, 2011

Armed forces called in to prevent environmentalists interfering with Cairn Energy's exploration of Arctic waters

Russia Embraces Risky Offshore Arctic Drilling

By ANDREW E. KRAMER and CLIFFORD KRAUSS, New York Times,  February 15, 2011

MOSCOW — The Arctic Ocean is a forbidding place for oil drillers. But that is not stopping Russia from jumping in — or Western oil companies from eagerly following.

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