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Arctic drilling support vessel heading to Oregon for repair

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Royal Dutch Shell PLC will send a damaged ship carrying equipment required for Arctic offshore oil drilling from Alaska back to the West Coast for repairs. But spokesman Curtis Smith said Monday the company can begin top-hole work without the 380-foot icebreaker Fennica and the repairs should not interrupt Shell’s schedule for drilling two exploratory wells this ...

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Minnesota loons to benefit from BP spill settlement

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill had far-reaching effects on the environment, including the loon and pelican populations of Minnesota. According to an official with the Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota loons could benefit from the recent $18.7 billion settlement between BP and the U.S. Government, reports Minnesota Public Radio (MPR). Over the next 15 years, Minnesota could receive up ...

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City to finalize new oil and gas regs

After months of work, updates to Norman’s oil and gas regulations may not have the bite environmental reformers say they want. The proposed code changes will come before the Norman City Council on Tuesday, the sole item up for detailed discussion and adoption at the 6:30 p.m. meeting. “I think the ordinance we’re going to adopt on Tuesday goes a ...

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Driller pays more than $220,000 in OSHA fines

A drilling company involved in an industrial accident that killed three and injured two more has paid $221,200 in penalties for safety violations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Dan D Drilling was also placed on the OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program. Dan D Drilling Corporation faced penalties for safety violations discovered by OSHA while investigating a deadly ...

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With a solemn remembrance and music, protesters decry oil-train accidents

Two years after a fatal oil-train derailment in Quebec drew national attention to the transport of crude oil, more than 100 people gathered Saturday in Center City to remember the victims and demand better train safety controls in Philadelphia. “These trains go through our neighborhoods and right past our most important icons, and right by a major water supply,” said ...

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Keys governments consider BP oil-spill settlements

The cities of Key West and Marathon, the Monroe County School Board and the County Commission are all meeting separately to discuss what are believed to be settlement opportunities with BP and Transocean. The School Board was scheduled to hold a closed session with its lawyers Friday to discuss the issue. A BP settlement is on the agenda for Tuesday’s ...

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Oil may have further to fall due to oversupply – IEA

LONDON – Massive oversupply is likely to push oil prices down even further, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Friday, adding that the rebalancing of the market was likely to last well into 2016. The agency, which advises the world’s biggest economies on energy policy, said “something has to give” because the world oil market was unable to absorb ...

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Editorial: Don’t squander oil spill settlement funds

Horrible things happened on April 20, 2010, deep in the Gulf of Mexico. International oil giant BP made huge blunders that led to a catastrophic and deadly failure we now know as the Deepwater Horizon Macondo oil drilling disaster. Last week, the company agreed to an approximately $19 billion settlement with Southern states whose shorelines were affected by the spill. ...

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