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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.

A crude awakening for the Keystone pipeline

Robert Collier,, Dec 21 2013

If U.S. President Barack Obama wants a way to appease both sides of the controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, he might want to look in the other direction — south to Mexico.

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.

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.

Feds eye central Arctic exploration

Shawn McCarthy, Globe and Mail, Feb. 28 2013

OTTAWA — The federal government is opening a vast new frontier for oil and gas activity in Nunavut’s high Arctic with a call for companies to indicate their interest in bidding for exploration rights.

Canada’s Arctic leadership stint worries drillers, shippers and environmentalists

Paul Koring, The Globe and Mail, Jan. 31 2013

WASHINGTON — Canada will begin a two-year stint at the helm of the eight-nation Arctic Council amid a clamour of competing calls for leadership, as the ice recedes and the race heats up to extract resource riches while protecting a fragile and now-exposed environment.

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.

Drillers face first class-action suit for triggered temblors

Mike Soraghan, E&E EnergyWire, July 5, 2012

What may be the first class-action suit against oil and gas companies for unleashing earthquakes is working its way through the federal courts in Arkansas.

Oil industry workers oppose drilling near their Calgary suburb

By Geoff Dembicki, The Tyee, April 19, 2012

Oil industry outlines cleanup strategy for Arctic spill

NATHAN VANDERKLIPPE, Globe and Mail, Jun. 09, 2011

Oil spill in northern watersAs the oil and gas industry works to convince Canada’s energy regulator that it can safely drill in the Arctic’s deep waters, it is proposing some creative – and controversial – methods to clean up spills in sea ice: using fires set from helicopters to burn oil and even the propeller blades of icebreakers to disperse it.

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

A battle for the Earth’s last remaining frontier

by Philip Radford, Grist, 10 May 2011

There are clear signs that a new Arctic oil rush has begun. Earlier this month, Shell submitted plans to the U.S. government for new drilling in the icy waters off Alaska's north coast, and now a Scottish company has won permission to take a similar gamble near Greenland. Tomorrow, Hillary Clinton will fly to the picturesque town of Nuuk in Greenland to discuss how spill response equipment might work in one of the world's most extreme and beautiful environments. I can save her the trip -- it won't.

B.C. launches royalty break to encourage development

Derrick Penner, Vancouver Sun, February 18, 2011

The provincial government has launched another $120-million round of tax breaks for natural-gas producers to encourage them to build extraction infrastructure, Energy Minister Steve Thomson announced Thursday.

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.

West Coast senators push Pacific shore drilling ban

Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times, January 25, 2011

Democratic senators from the California, Oregon and Washington state launched a new drive Tuesday to ban drilling off the Pacific coast but face long odds of getting the bill past the House’s new Republican majority, especially at a time of high gasoline prices.

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