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  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 3 to 885 Friday, 22 May 2015 | 1:22 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by three this week to 885.. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana lost four rigs, West Virginia declined by three and Kansas, North Dakota and Ohio each lost one. Alaska, California, Colorado, Texas, Utah and Wyoming were all...

  • The high-definition stream from Alaska's remote Round Island had been dormant for nearly a decade after private funding ran out, but a version is back now, thanks to a philanthropic organization that operates a series of nature webcams from around the planet. If the donation hadn't come through, Round Island would have been closed to visitors this year.

  • 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...

  • The high-definition stream from Alaska's remote Round Island had been dormant for nearly a decade after private funding ran out, but a high-definition version is back now, thanks to a philanthropic organization that operates a series of nature webcams from around the planet. If the donation hadn't come through, Round Island would have been closed to visitors...

  • Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the pact that Equifax, Experian and TransUnion struck with attorneys general in 31 states. "I am pleased that our agreement brings about reforms that will provide for more effective dealings and better communication between consumers and the credit reporting agencies," said Alabama Attorney General Luther...

  • NEW LONDON, Conn.— President Barack Obama has argued for action on climate change as a matter of health, environmental protection and international obligation. Those who deny global warming are putting at risk the United States and the military sworn to defend it, he told cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. "Make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends...

  • SEATTLE— Seattle officials told Secretary of State John Kerry he'd be better off avoiding the city to deliver a major trade speech because of ongoing protests over Arctic drilling that have drawn hundreds of activists on land and sea. Port of Seattle spokesman Peter McGraw said State Department staffers had been looking at Seattle locations for Kerry to...

  • 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— Neither a protest by hundreds of demonstrators nor a permit violation notice from the city will halt Royal Dutch Shell's use of a Seattle seaport terminal as it prepares for exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, spokesmen say. "It remains our view that the terms agreed upon by Shell, Foss and the Port of Seattle for use of Terminal 5 are valid, and...

  • HONOLULU— An investigation is underway after a U.S. military Osprey aircraft crashed during a weekend training exercise in Hawaii, killing a Marine and injuring 21 others. Ospreys are used by the Marines and Air Force, and have been deployed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Air Force Special Operations forces use Ospreys for especially risky missions like...

  • 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...

  • SEATTLE— Foes of Royal Dutch Shell's use of a Seattle seaport terminal to prepare for exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean attacked on two fronts Monday as a few hundred protesters blocked port entrances and the City of Seattle declared that Shell and its maritime host lacked a proper permit. "It remains our view that the terms agreed upon by Shell, Foss...

  • SEATTLE, May 16- Hundreds of activists in kayaks and small boats fanned out on a Seattle bay on Saturday to protest plans by Royal Dutch Shell to resume oil exploration in the Arctic and keep two of its drilling rigs stored in the city's port. Environmental groups have vowed to disrupt the Anglo-Dutch oil company's efforts to use the Seattle as a home base as it...

  • SEATTLE— Hundreds of activists decked out in neoprene wetsuits and life jackets took to the waters of Elliott Bay on Saturday in kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and other vessels to send the message that Royal Dutch Shell should cancel its plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean. The "Paddle in Seattle"— a daylong, family friendly festival in a West Seattle park and an...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 6 to 888 Friday, 15 May 2015 | 1:40 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by six this week to 888.. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday that 660 rigs were seeking oil and 223 explored for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost six rigs, Wyoming declined by two and Alaska, Arkansas,...

  • CAMP DAVID, Maryland— President Barack Obama says experts have concluded that Royal Dutch Shell has developed strong safeguards to undertake offshore oil exploration in Arctic waters. Obama says his administration delayed Shell's application for exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea northwest of Alaska until it could provide necessary assurances.

  • What's at stake: The debate over Arctic drilling Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 3:18 AM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Royal Dutch Shell is planning to park two massive Arctic oil drilling rigs in Seattle's waterfront before they head north— but the petrochemical giant will first have to get around protesters in kayaks and others who want to thwart the new frontier in oil exploration and spark a national debate about fossil fuels and climate change.

  • Seattle, like it or not, becomes Shell's Arctic base Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 2:36 AM ET

    SEATTLE— An oil rig outfitted for Royal Dutch Shell's exploration in the remote Arctic Ocean parked in Seattle's harbor Thursday, marking a pivotal moment for an environmental movement increasingly mobilized around climate change. Activists paddling out in kayaks to meet the rig off Seattle's picturesque waterfront said it's their moment to stand...

  • HARSTINE ISLAND, Wash.— John King plunges his arm up to his shoulder into the mudflats of Puget Sound, roots around and soon pulls from the muck the world's largest burrowing clam. A big driver is the growing middle class in China, "said Gina Shamshak, an assistant economics professor at Goucher College, who has researched the geoduck market. Last year, the U.S. exported...

  • SEATTLE— Royal Dutch Shell is forging ahead with plans to park two Arctic oil drilling rigs in Seattle, despite the city saying it could issue fines in the case and port commissioners asking Shell to wait. Shell's plan to move the two rigs to Seattle in coming days sets up a showdown between environmentalists and oil exploration advocates and touches off a wider...