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A pump jack stands idle in Dewitt County, Texas January 13, 2016. REUTERS/Anna Driver

Why Cheap Oil Isn’t Bad For The Environment

While the price of oil has fallen, so have the costs of green energy technologies.

January 28, 2016

Shell Receives Final Approval To Drill In Arctic, But With New Conditions

Environmental groups have said drilling for oil in the Arctic conflicts with the Obama administration’s efforts to fight climate change.

July 23, 2015
Energy, Oil, Fracking, Drilling, Economy, Tax Breaks, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin

Frac Sand Industry Feels The Effects Of Low Oil Prices, Less Drilling

While the frac sand industry has slowed due to cheap oil, American frac companies hope to expand due to tax breaks.

April 10, 2015
Energy, Environment, Greenpeace, Oil, Drilling, Shell, Protest, Arctic

Arctic-Drilling Protesters Board Shell’s Oil Rig In Pacific

Six Greenpeace members board a Royal Dutch Shell oil rig to protest the energy company’s exploration and drilling of the Alaskan Arctic.

April 7, 2015

Federal Environmental Review Makes Arctic Drilling More Likely

A new environmental review in Alaska has conservationists furious.

February 13, 2015

Obama Plan Would Close More Of Alaskan Refuge To Oil Drilling

Environmentalists are hailing President Obama’s latest proposal.

January 26, 2015

Oil Companies Fracking Into Drinking Water Sources, New Research Shows

By Neela Banerjee, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Some companies are fracking for oil and gas at far shallower depths than widely believed, sometimes through underground sources of drinking water, according to research released Tuesday by Stanford University scientists. Though researchers cautioned their study of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, employed at two Wyoming geological formations […]

August 12, 2014
Infrastructure, Energy, Environment

Expectations Are High As Mexico Prepares To Accept Foreign Oil Explorers

By Alfredo Corchado and James Osborne, The Dallas Morning News HIDALGO, Mexico — On barren ranch land just south of the Texas border, where road signs are pockmarked with bullet holes, a small group of foreign oil and gas companies is looking for the future. Conditions are difficult — some companies have resorted to paying […]

July 15, 2014

Pemex Deals Have Paid Off In Texas

By James Osborne, The Dallas Morning News Although foreign companies were barred from producing oil and gas in Mexico, Texas energy service companies have long played a role in the country’s energy economy. From 2002 to 2011, Mexican federal records show, the state oil company Pemex awarded as much as $180 billion in contracts to […]

July 15, 2014

House Approves Bill To Allow New Drilling Off California

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House on Thursday approved a long-shot bill to expand domestic energy exploration, including opening up areas off the West Coast to drilling. The measure would require lease sales by the end of next year for energy production off Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, with production […]

June 27, 2014

Report: ‘Blow-Out Preventer’ That Led To Deepwater Horizon Disaster Still Commonly Used

By Neela Banerjee, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Design problems with a blow-out prevention system contributed to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster and the same equipment is still commonly used in drilling four years after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to a report issued Thursday by the federal Chemical Safety and […]

June 6, 2014

NRA Abandons Hunters In Favor Of Oil And Gas Corporations

While the National Rifle Association is not best known for its environmental conscientiousness, its self-proclaimed status as “the number-one hunter’s organization in America” does give it a vested interest in preserving wildlife and its habitats. Since 2008, however, this interest has been slowly undermined by the oil and gas industry’s increasingly aggressive contributions to the NRA […]

April 29, 2014

Judge Suspends Arctic Drilling, Orders New Environmental Report

By Paresh Dave, Los Angeles Times In the ongoing battle over offshore drilling, a federal judge in Alaska told regulators Thursday to redo an environmental impact study that underestimated the amount of recoverable oil and, potentially, the risks to delicate Arctic habitat. The decision by U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline stopped short of scrapping the […]

April 25, 2014

Colorado’s New Drilling Rules Seen As Making An Impact In Texas

By Zahra Hirji, Lisa Song and Jim Morris, InsideClimate News Colorado’s tough, new air pollution rules for the oil and gas industry were approved only a month ago, but they’re already making an impact in Texas, where lawmakers and energy companies have long-resisted tightening air standards. Several companies have approached the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund […]

April 4, 2014