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  • Shell bows to investor pressure on climate risk Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 1:48 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 29- In a rare move, oil major Shell on Thursday backed a resolution proposed by activist investors to force the company to recognize climate change risks by improving its transparency. The announcement coincided with Shell saying Thursday that it would cut $15 billion in spending but continue to drill in Alaska's Arctic. South Africa's Sasol...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to keep the state's compromise Medicaid expansion for another year and create a task force to look at alternatives for the hundreds of thousands of people receiving coverage through the first-in-the-nation initiative. Crafted two years ago as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal...

  • Jan 29- Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Thursday signed an executive order reinstating a moratorium on new leases for oil and natural gas development in state parks and forests. Officials in Pennsylvania were not immediately available to say how much gas and oil energy companies produce from state forest and park land. Drilling for gas in the Marcellus...

  • Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 10:40 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment. The 62-36 vote advanced a top priority of the newly empowered GOP, and marked the first time the Senate...

  • HARRISBURG, Pa.— Fulfilling a campaign pledge, Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday signed an order Thursday banning new drilling leases on public land, ending a short-lived effort by his Republican predecessor to expand the extraction of natural gas from rock buried deep beneath state parks and forests. The new Democratic governor signed the executive order before a...

  • Shell aims to restart Arctic drilling this year -CEO Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 5:25 AM ET

    LONDON, Jan 29- Royal Dutch Shell is planning to restart oil drilling in the Arctic this year, Chief Executive Ben van Beurden said on Thursday. Van Beurden said he aimed to restart the campaign this year, pending approval of the necessary permits and the conclusion of various legal challenges. "Yes, we are minded to drill in the Chukchi Sea," he told reporters at a...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— Environmental advocates called on the divided Maine Legislature on Thursday to back a series of bill this session they say will expand the use of solar power, help residents cut their heating bills and bolster wildlife protections. The six-bill package outlined by the Environmental Priorities Coalition includes measures that would provide...

  • FACT CHECK: Both sides in Keystone XL debate bend facts Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 3:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, say the privately funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes. But a March 2013 analysis by the State Department concluded that the...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— Oil pipeline accidents have become increasingly frequent in the U.S. as Congress presses the Obama administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline— a project that would pass near the spot where 30,000 gallons of crude spilled into Montana's Yellowstone River earlier this month. Yet in the politically charged debate over Keystone, its...

  • Rick Nolan, who represents northeastern Minnesota's Iron Range, applies to processing plants at the United Taconite, Hibbing Taconite and Minorca mines in Minnesota, and the Tilden mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. EPA spokeswoman Phillippa Cannon said Wednesday that an official notice would be published in the Federal Register in the next few days,...

  • SEATTLE— A plan to allow Royal Dutch Shell PLC to use Seattle's waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic drilling fleet is drawing opposition from environmental groups that say it's not consistent with the region's environmental goals. Several state and national groups, and local city leaders on Wednesday urged the Port of Seattle to halt lease negotiations...

  • FACT CHECK: Both sides in Keystone XL debate bend facts Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 4:39 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf, say the privately funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes. But a March 2013 analysis by the State Department concluded that the tar sands...

  • The lawsuits, filed in federal court in the District of Columbia, say the EPA has not responded to petitions filed in 2009 and 2011 by the Environmental Integrity Project and the Humane Society of the United States. The lawsuits say the EPA failed to take action and ask it to respond to the petitions within 90 days, Environmental Integrity Project attorney Tarah...

  • MARSHFIELD, Mass., Jan 28- Ocean Street in the waterfront Massachusetts town of Marshfield was littered with lobster traps, downed wires and chunks of houses on Wednesday, after a massive blizzard hammered New England. Notably absent was much of the 2 feet of snow that blanketed much of the Boston area, since for much of the storm, Ocean Street was under water because...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— A pipeline that ruptured recently in North Dakota and spilled nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater produced during oil drilling wasn't inspected by the state before being installed, according to state regulators. Alison Ritter, a spokeswoman for the North Dakota Industrial Commission, which oversees the state's oil and gas industry, said...

  • *Scotland blocks new permits for fracking. LONDON, Jan 28- Scotland on Wednesday blocked the granting of permits for fracking and a local English council delayed a decision on two projects, casting doubt on British Prime Minister David Cameron's shale gas ambitions. Scotland, estimated to have around 80 trillion cubic metres of shale gas resources- enough to...

  • Trade union turns lights off on French prime minister Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 12:42 PM ET

    PARIS, Jan 28- An inquiry was under way on Wednesday after French trade unionists turned the lights off on a keynote speech by Prime Minister Manuel Valls in protest at planned energy reforms. The mines and energy federation of France's militant CGT union said in a statement it supported the action. France's energy reforms have a wider purpose, aiming to boost the...

  • Unions turn lights off on French prime minister Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 12:40 PM ET

    PARIS, Jan 28- An inquiry was under way on Wednesday after French trade unionists turned the lights off on a keynote speech by Prime Minister Manuel Valls in protest at planned energy reforms. The mines and energy federation of France's militant CGT union said in a statement it supported the action. France's energy reforms have a wider purpose, aiming to boost the...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., Jan XX- North Dakota's oil industry is pushing to change the state's radioactive waste disposal laws as part of a broad effort to conserve cash as oil prices tumble. That's because rules prohibit North Dakota landfills from accepting anything but miniscule amounts of radiation. But the oil industry says allowing North Dakota's landfills to...

  • NY adopts regulations for liquefied natural gas facilities Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 10:19 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— New York state has adopted regulations covering fueling and storage facilities for liquefied natural gas, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced Wednesday. The safety regulations will allow liquefied gas storage facilities in New York for the first time since 1973, when the state imposed a moratorium...