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To foil oil spills, new rule requires better blowout preventers

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration unveiled a new rule Monday that’s designed to help prevent a repeat of the deadly 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and to bolster the president’s claim that it’s safe to start drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. The rule calls for tighter requirements on blowout preventers, a supposedly fail-safe ...

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New U.S. offshore oil drilling rule planned

WASHINGTON – The United States is planning to impose a major new regulation on offshore oil and gas drilling to try to prevent the kind of explosions that caused the catastrophic BP Plc oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing Obama administration officials. The Interior Department could make the announcement as early ...

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Here’s why Obama is approving Arctic drilling again

WASHINGTON – For a leader who has made fighting climate change a priority, President Barack Obama’s decision to approve Royal Dutch Shell’s return to oil and gas exploration off Alaska was seen by many environmentalists as a contradiction. On Tuesday, his administration upheld a 2008 Arctic lease sale, clearing an important hurdle for Shell. The Interior Department will now consider ...

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Offshore fracking is headed to the courtroom

The use of hydraulic fracturing in offshore projects, particularly off of California’s coast, has become a heated topic recently. Now the issue has become so hot that the Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today, naming the U.S. Interior Department as the defendant. According to the Center’s press release, the suit asserts that the Interior Department violated three federal ...

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Arctic Ocean may be next as Alaska officials seethe over ANWR move

Emotions continued to rise on Monday over President Barack Obama’s initiative to increase protection for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, with Rep. Don Young calling the president a “wacko,” the North Slope Borough saying Obama was acting by “executive fiat,” and Sen. Lisa Murkowski saying the Alaska delegation would use all means to stop the move. Not everyone is angry. ...

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Obama seeks bigger wilderness designation in Alaska refuge

JUNEAU, Alaska — President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as a land grab by the federal government. “They’ve decided that today was the day that they were going ...

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