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  • Shell's ice management vessel damaged in Alaska Tuesday, 7 Jul 2015 | 3:16 PM ET

    July 7- Royal Dutch Shell Plc's icebreaker vessel Fennica returned to the Dutch Harbor in Alaska with a small breech in the hull, raising concerns about the company's plan to resume drilling in the Arctic later this month. Shell said in June it plans to restart drilling for oil in the Arctic off Alaska as early as the third week of July after a conditional approval...

  • TIMELINE-BP oil spill, litigation at a glance Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 10:34 AM ET

    Sept 4- BP Plc reached a $18.7 billion settlement to end five years of litigation following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. It is the largest settlement with a single entity in U.S. history, the U.S. Department of Justice said. *April 20, 2010, RIG EXPLODES: An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig at the Macondo exploration well kills 11 workers and releases...

  • A statement published on the state-run Petroleum Exploration and Production Department website showed the 17 companies are from 11 countries including the United States, Russia, China and Africa's largest oil producer, Nigeria. London- listed Tullow Oil, which is already operating in Uganda alongside France's Total and China's CNOOC, was also on the PEPD...

  • SEATTLE, June 29- U.S. Coast Guard and police boats cleared a way through protesters in kayaks at a Seattle- area port on Tuesday so a drilling ship could head for the Arctic on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell. The activists, who have staged frequent demonstrations during the past two months against Royal Dutch Shell's oil exploration in the Chukchi Sea off mainland...

  • WASHINGTON, June 23- Green groups urged the U.S. Department of Interior on Tuesday to revoke the agency's conditional approval of Royal Dutch Shell's 2015 Arctic oil exploration plan, saying it runs counter to established protections for walruses. A 2013 rule implemented by the Fish and Wildlife Service, a bureau of the Interior Department, prevents energy...

  • WASHINGTON, June 23- Green groups urged the U.S. Department of Interior on Tuesday to revoke the agency's conditional approval of Royal Dutch Shell's 2015 Arctic oil exploration plan, saying it runs counter to established protections for walruses. A 2013 rule implemented by the Fish and Wildlife Service, a bureau of the Interior Department, prevents energy...

  • And the rebound "is going to be capped," says HSBC economist Fred Neumann, because of changes in the world economy, including how American consumers are "much more frugal" than a decade ago. Asian exports to the United States have risen this year, but Neumann says such growth now is more driven by investment in software development and shale-oil drilling than by...

  • EU extends trade and investment ban on Crimea Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | 8:21 AM ET

    *Ministers expected to extend economic sanctions on Russia. BRUSSELS, June 19- EU governments extended for a year a ban on trade and investment with Crimea on Friday, meaning European help for Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration and visits by European cruise ships will remain outlawed. The measures were adopted following Russia's annexation of Ukraine's...

  • *First well drilled with help of ExxonMobil. Sources told Reuters last week that the state oil producer would be forced to postpone drilling a second well in the Kara for at least two more years, a result of Western sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis. Rosneft, the world's top listed oil firm by output, drilled a first exploration well known as...

  • Drill, drill, drill! And then maybe go bankrupt Tuesday, 16 Jun 2015 | 12:32 PM ET
    Oil workers using chain to position drill on drilling platform.

    Bankruptcy and dealmaking has yet to hit the U.S. oil patch, but drillers face another crucial test of their health this fall.

  • Lower oil prices may cut into skilled energy jobs Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 3:44 PM ET
    Drilling in the Bakken shale formation outside Watford City, N.D.

    Lower oil prices could exacerbate potential labor shortages in the energy industry, according to The Times-Picayune.

  • CARACAS, June 9- Venezuela on Tuesday demanded that neighboring Guyana halt oil exploration being carried out by Exxon Mobil Corp in disputed offshore territory in an escalation of a long-running border dispute between the two South American nations. Exxon last month said it found oil off Guyana's coast, spurring complaints from Caracas that Guyana is...

  • CARACAS, June 9- Venezuela on Tuesday demanded that neighboring Guyana halt oil exploration being carried out by Exxon Mobil Corp in disputed offshore territory in an escalation of a long-running border dispute between the two South American nations. Exxon last month said it found oil off Guyana's coast, spurring complaints from Caracas that Guyana is...

  • June 5- U.S. oil drillers boosted activity in four key basins this week, bringing the promise of additional oil to a market that faces OPEC's Friday decision to leave production caps unchanged. In the latest week, drillers added one oil rig in the Permian basin in West Texas and eastern New Mexico, the biggest and fastest growing U.S. shale oil basin.

  • June 5- U.S. oil drillers boosted activity in four key basins this week, bringing the promise of additional oil to a market that faces OPEC's Friday decision to leave production caps unchanged. With some OPEC countries like Saudi Arabia and Iraq pumping oil at record or near record levels, the group is trying to keep crude prices low enough to support global oil...

  • Pickens: Saudis bluffing on oil production Thursday, 4 Jun 2015 | 9:04 AM ET
    T. Boone Pickens.

    T. Boone Pickens says Saudi production is topping out at about 10 million barrels per day and oil prices will return to $70 per barrel by year end.

  • *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,"...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, May 28- Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras canceled leases with Schahin Petroleo e Gas SA for five offshore oil drilling and production vessels after a cash crunch forced the ship leaser to remove the equipment from service for nearly a month, Schahin said on Thursday. The decision, if upheld, will result in the loss of more than 1,000 related...

  • Schahin says Petrobras cancels offshore ship leases Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 5:40 PM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO, May 28- Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras canceled leases with Schahin Petroleo e Gas SA for five offshore oil drilling and production vessels after a cash crunch forced the ship leaser to remove the equipment from service for nearly a month, Schahin said on Thursday. The decision, if upheld, will result in the loss of more than 1,000 related...

  • KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, May 28- Saudi Aramco may raise the number of its oil and gas drilling rigs to as high as 250 next year if oil prices continue to firm and as domestic demand for gas increases, industry sources said on Thursday. Brent oil is now around $62 a barrel, up from a low of $45 in January though still far from the $100 mark which Saudi officials said they...