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  • Here's why Obama is approving Arctic drilling again Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 1:55 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 1- 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. But Shell, which has already spent about $6 billion exploring the Arctic, expects to return to polar waters this...

  • With backing from Saudi Aramco and partnerships with well-known industry players including the Linde Group and Brazilian petrochemical company Braskem, Dineen hopes to break into natural gas processing with improvements that make the decades-old technology economical. Abundant domestic natural gas from the shale boom prompted plans by Royal Dutch...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Department of Interior said Tuesday that it has affirmed corrections to an environmental analysis of a 2008 Arctic Ocean petroleum lease sale that brought in $2.7 billion for the federal government. The expected decision regarding the lease in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast opens the door for the department to review a...

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— The Alaska Senate passed legislation Tuesday to temporarily restrict participation by a state-sponsored corporation in an alternate gas pipeline project proposed by Gov. The 13-7 vote followed failed attempts by House Speaker Mike Chenault, Senate President Kevin Meyer and Walker to reach an agreement. Supporters of the bill say it...

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- The U.S. Interior Department on Tuesday upheld a 2008 lease sale in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, moving Royal Dutch Shell a step closer to returning to oil and gas exploration in the Arctic since it suffered mishaps in the region in 2012.. "The Arctic is an important component of the Administration's national energy strategy, and we remain...

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- The U.S. Department of the Interior on Tuesday upheld a 2008 lease sale in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, moving Royal Dutch Shell a step closer to returning to the Arctic since it suffered accidents in the region in 2012..

  • FAIRBANKS, Alaska— Police in Fairbanks, Alaska, say a 21- year-old man drove a stolen forklift more than 3 miles while intoxicated to retrieve a truck he crashed. Matt Soden says just before 6 a.m. Monday, Aleksandr Glushko of Delta Junction drove off a road in a pickup and crashed into pipe stacked in a company yard. An Alaska Railroad worker spotted the forklift...

  • A look at top car, truck speed limits across the US Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 10:59 AM ET

    Nearly all truck tires have been built for a maximum sustained speed of 75 mph since the middle of last decade, when drivers across the vast majority of the U.S. were allowed to go no faster than 65 or 70 mph. But 14 states, mainly west of the Mississippi River, now have speed limits of 75, 80, even 85 mph in part of Texas. Here is a look at the top speed limits for cars in...

  • OTTAWA, March 30- Royal Dutch Shell will resume drilling off Alaska after suspending operations for two years in the wake of an accident, the special U.S. envoy to the Arctic said on Monday, but gave no details as to when. Shell has been moving oil rigs to Alaska as it awaits the green light from U.S. authorities. "Clearly Shell and others will resume drilling and...

  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 21 this week to 1,048 amid falling oil prices. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 813 rigs were seeking oil and 233 exploring for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas each...

  • March 27- The number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States declined by 12 this week to 813, the smallest decline since December, oil services firm Baker Hughes said in its closely watched survey on Friday. With the decline this week, the number of oil rigs has fallen for a record 16th week in a row to the lowest level since 2011, according to Baker Hughes data...

  • WASHINGTON— The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study to be released Friday. "To remain globally competitive and to be positioned to provide global leadership and influence in the...

  • FAIRBANKS, Alaska— Eielson Air Force Base has "phenomenal assets" that make it attractive for basing new F-35 fighter jets, an Air Force official said Wednesday at a public scoping meeting. "One of the reasons the Air Force is looking at Eielson is there used to be more squadrons assigned at Eielson Air Force Base than we currently have," said Col.

  • House Roll Call: Republicans approve conservative budget Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:19 PM ET

    The 228-199 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare. Republicans— Aderholt, Y; Brooks, Y; Byrne, Y; Palmer, Y; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y. Republicans— Crawford, N; Hill, Y;...

  • Connecticut lags much of the US in personal income growth Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 11:17 AM ET

    Connecticut's 3 percent rise from 2013 to 2014 also lagged other New England states except Maine, where it increased by 2.9 percent. Connecticut has been vexed by unemployment persistently higher than joblessness nationwide. The unemployment rate in Connecticut was 6.3 percent in January, the most recent month available, while nationally it was 5.7 percent.

  • OLYMPIA, Wash.— Washington state's insurance commissioner announced Tuesday a multistate investigation into this winter's cyberattack on Premera Blue Cross. Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said he plans to work with his counterparts in Alaska and Oregon to look into operations at Premera, which is based in Mountlake Terrace, Washington.

  • Committee takes up gas line board appointments Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 3:59 PM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— New appointees to the board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. expressed support Monday for a major liquefied natural gas project the state is pursuing with oil and gas and pipeline companies. The House Resources Committee held confirmation hearings for Rick Halford, Joe Paskvan and Hugh Short, with much of the time focused on Halford and...

  • About 55 percent of Earned Income Tax Credit recipients reported using a paid tax preparer last year.

  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. tumbled by 56 this week to 1,069 amid slumping oil prices. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 825 rigs were seeking oil and 242 exploring for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost 36 rigs and Louisiana 18. New...

  • CHICAGO, March 19- Drought pressures will increase in California and western areas of the United States this spring even as the dry season begins, the government's Climate Prediction Center said on Thursday. Drought is forecast to persist in California, Nevada, and Oregon through June with the onset of the dry season in April. "I see nothing that would indicate...