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  • SEATTLE, June 15- A Royal Dutch Shell PLC drilling rig that will search for oil in the Arctic pulled out of its temporary base in Seattle on Monday for the trip north to Alaska as dozens of activists in kayaks tried to stop its movement, authorities said. Greenpeace USA said the kayaks had slowed the rig's progress and that 13 protesters had been detained by the Coast...

  • June 11- A divided federal appeals court on Thursday rejected an effort by a coalition of environmental groups to revoke federal approval of Royal Dutch Shell Plc's oil spill response plans related to drilling on Alaska's remote Arctic coast. By a 2-1 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which is...

  • June 11- A divided federal appeals court on Thursday rejected an effort by a coalition of environmental groups to revoke federal approval of Royal Dutch Shell Plc's oil spill response plans related to drilling on Alaska's remote Arctic coast. By a 2-1 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which is...

  • COLUMN-OPEC adjusts to new oil market reality: Kemp Monday, 8 Jun 2015 | 8:44 AM ET

    LONDON, June 8- OPEC has never really been a "cartel" in the conventional sense of an organisation that agrees to restrict output to maximise revenues. Attempts to buck the market always end in failure, a lesson top Saudi officials and others in OPEC have learned the hard way over the last 50 years. OPEC ministers confer regularly and typically announce their...

  • District Judge Russel Holland allowed part of the company's lawsuit to go forward alleging the EPA violated transparency requirements as it considered the proposed mine. The ruling sets the stage for a prolonged legal battle between the EPA and Pebble, which is seeking to build a multibillion-dollar open-pit mine that would produce significant amounts of...

  • JUNEAU, Alaska, June 5- Alaska's lone road to North Slope oil field operations in Deadhorse has re-opened after emergency crews repaired or replaced sections of a road taken out by massive flooding, state officials said on Friday. So far, the federal government has pledged $2 million in emergency assistance toward the damage, said Mike Coffey, director of...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 2- Several environmental groups sued the United States on Tuesday to derail Royal Dutch Shell PLC's plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean as soon as July. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior, gave conditional approval in May to Shell's resumption of fossil fuel exploration in the Arctic, which...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 2- Several environmental groups sued the United States on Tuesday to derail Royal Dutch Shell PLC's plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean as soon as July. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior, gave conditional approval in May to Shell's resumption of fossil fuel exploration in the Arctic, which...

  • WASHINGTON, June 2- The Republican chairman of the House of Representatives' energy panel on Tuesday said lifting the 40- year-old ban on U.S. oil exports would benefit consumers and the country's allies, a move that could boost support for legislation in the chamber. "Oil exports can be a win for the American people and a win for our allies," said Representative Fred...

  • WASHINGTON, June 2- The Republican chairman of the House of Representatives' energy panel on Tuesday said he favored lifting the 40- year-old ban on U.S. oil exports, a move that could boost support for legislation in the chamber. "Oil exports can be a win for the American people and a win for our allies," said Representative Fred Upton of Michigan in prepared remarks...

  • NEW YORK, June 1- Florida Senator Marco Rubio has one; Texas Senator Ted Cruz has one; even former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, considered a longshot for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, has a billionaire in his corner. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has two. Some voters in Philadelphia, for example, were turned off by the billionaires...

  • NEW YORK, June 1- Florida Senator Marco Rubio has one; Texas Senator Ted Cruz has one; even former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, considered a longshot for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, has a billionaire in his corner. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has two. Some voters in Philadelphia, for example, were turned off by the billionaires...

  • In Washington, Congress will begin considering legislation to permit the export of crude oil from the United States, reversing a four decade ban put in place after the first oil crisis in 1973/ 74.. Rather than reduce production to boost prices, Saudi Arabia and the other OPEC members are prepared to continue pumping to defend market share and maximise revenue.

  • *Croatia to sign oil, gas exploration licences in June/July. SALI, Croatia, June 1- When Croatia announced in 2013 it would set a tender to explore for oil and gas in its pristine Adriatic waters, the government evoked the hydrocarbon riches of Norway to win over the plan's many detractors. "If it's not dangerous for Norway or Scotland, it shouldn't be dangerous for us,"...

  • U.S. state April income tax revenue returns to growth Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 3:35 PM ET

    May 27- U.S. state personal income taxes rebounded in the key revenue month of April, partly due to 2014' s strong stock market, after dropping a year ago, but collections have not fully stabilized since big increases in 2013.. Brian Sigritz, director of state fiscal studies at the National Association of State Budget Officers, said income tax revenue, boosted in part...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 26- Judging by the latest performance rankings, two 529 college savings plans in particular look enticing. SavingForCollege.com, a plan comparison website that publishes rankings each quarter, said the District of Columbia's direct-sold DC 529 College Savings Program topped the lists for one-, three- and five-year performance as of March 31.

  • HOUSTON, May 21- A judge on Thursday denied Royal Dutch Shell's appeal of a ruling that a proposed oil-by-rail project at its Washington state refinery must undergo a full environmental review, just two weeks after a crude train derailment caused a fire in North Dakota. Shell had appealed a February ruling from a Skagit County Office of Land Use Hearings...

  • What do Toyota and Madoff have in common? Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 1:39 PM ET
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    Civil asset forfeitures have gone up in recent years, and in this report we break down how many asset seizures were valued over $1 million.

  • Shell vows to explore Arctic despite Seattle protests Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 9:48 AM ET

    LONDON, May 19- Royal Dutch Shell will press on with a campaign to explore the Arctic for oil this summer despite protests in the port city of Seattle, chief executive officer Ben van Beurden said on Tuesday. Hundreds of environmental activists have fanned out across the Seattle Bay in recent days to disrupt the Anglo-Dutch company's rigs from entering the port...

  • SEATTLE, May 18- About 200 protesters gathered at the Port of Seattle on Monday to block access to a Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig headed for the Arctic this summer to resume exploration for oil and gas reserves. Holding signs reading "Shell No" and "Seattle Loves the Arctic," protesters gathered early to prevent workers from reaching the rig, one of two that Shell...