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Jan 16, 2013

Interior head Salazar to leave administration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who helped lead the government’s response to the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, will announce he is stepping down from his post, an Obama administration official said on Wednesday.

The former U.S. senator from Colorado came to office pledging to clean up the “mess” at the Interior Department, but it was the massive 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that ultimately spurred the dramatic overhaul of the nation’s offshore drilling regulator.

Jan 11, 2013

US LNG exports could help boost allies abroad-former DOE heads

WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) – The United States can help
its allies by selling part of its abundant gas reserves abroad,
and do so without sacrificing the resurgent manufacturing
sector, two former U.S. energy secretaries said on Friday.

The availability of U.S. liquefied natural gas could allow
countries in Europe and Asia to be more selective about their
energy providers, the former officials told Reuters.

Jan 10, 2013

Industry group urges gov’t caution on natgas exports

WASHINGTON, Jan 10 (Reuters) – The tussle over the U.S.
natural gas bonanza intensified on Thursday when corporate
opponents of unlimited exports launched a campaign to promote
domestic gas consumption and attacked a recent
government-sponsored analysis of the issue that was highly
favorable to exports.

The coalition of chemical and heavy industrial companies,
including Dow Chemical and Nucor Corp, said it
wants to ensure that consumers and manufacturers have their
voices heard as the Obama administration weighs allowing more
companies to ship U.S. gas abroad.

Jan 10, 2013

No contamination from fracking found in 2 Arkansas counties-USGS

WASHINGTON, Jan 9 (Reuters) – The U.S. government said it
found no evidence that shale gas drilling had contaminated water
in two Arkansas counties where concerns were raised about the
drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) sampled 127 shallow
domestic wells in Van Buren and Faulkner counties in the
Fayetteville Shale area, where 4,000 wells have been drilled
since 2004.

Jan 9, 2013

Global contest seeks energy-efficient computer monitors

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An international clean energy coalition is searching for the world’s most energy-efficient appliances, and has launched a contest to find the top energy-saving computer monitors as part of an effort to drive down electricity usage.

The contest will be sponsored by U.S. Energy Department and other governments.

Desktop computer monitors annually use about 30 to 40 terawatt-hours of electricity, equivalent to about 10 mid-sized coal fired power plants, organizers said.

Jan 8, 2013

US oil, gas lobby reports better relations with administration

WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) – The sometimes chilly relations
between the top oil and gas lobbying group and the Obama
administration have warmed considerably over recent months, the
head of the American Petroleum Institute said on Tuesday.

The group’s president predicted that the industry and
federal government would be able find areas of agreement at a
time when the United States is expected to continue its drive
toward energy independence.

Jan 8, 2013

Government launches review of Shell Arctic drill program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Interior Department said on Tuesday it will review Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) 2012 Arctic oil drilling program to assess the challenges the company faced and to help guide future permitting in the region.

The announcement follows the grounding of one of Shell’s rigs off the coast of Alaska last week, the latest in a series of mishaps the company has encountered as it undertakes its ambitious Arctic oil exploration plans.

Jan 8, 2013

US govt launches review of Shell Arctic drill program

WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) – The U.S. Interior Department
said on Tuesday it will review Royal Dutch Shell’s 2012
Arctic oil drilling program to assess the challenges the company
faced and to help guide future permitting in the region.

The announcement follows the grounding of one of Shell’s
rigs off the coast of Alaska last week, the latest in a series
of mishaps the company has encountered as it undertakes its
ambitious Arctic oil exploration plans.

Jan 3, 2013

Rig accident shows danger of Arctic drilling-Green groups

WASHINGTON, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Opponents of Royal Dutch
Shell’s ambitious Arctic oil program have called on the
Obama administration to put offshore drilling plans in the
region on hold after one of the company’s oil rigs broke away
from tow boats in high seas and ran aground off Alaska.

The Natural Resources Defense Council and The Wilderness
Society on Thursday said the accident involving Shell’s Kulluk
oil rig is new evidence that oil companies are not prepared to
safely manage the extreme conditions of the Arctic.

Jan 3, 2013

Rig accident shows need to pause Arctic drilling: Green groups

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Opponents of Royal Dutch Shell’s ambitious Arctic oil drilling program has called on the Obama administration to put offshore drilling plans in the region on hold after the dramatic grounding this week of Shell’s oil rig in Alaska.

The Natural Resources Defense Council and The Wilderness Society on Thursday said the accident involving Shell’s Kulluk oil rig is new evidence that oil companies are not prepared to safely manage the extreme conditions of the Arctic.

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