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  1. February 6, 2013

    REI executive nominated as interior secretary

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated Sally Jewell, an outdoor enthusiast and former ExxonMobil engineer, as his...

  2. August 30, 2012

    Shell to start work on Arctic wells

    Royal Dutch Shell has been given preliminary permission to start drilling in the Arctic, raising hopes that it will be able...

  1. June 29, 2012

    Shell poised to crack Arctic after test

    This week, Royal Dutch Shell has been practising for an oil spill. Watched by inspectors from the Bureau of Safety and...

  2. June 26, 2012

    Shell set to gain Arctic drilling permits

    Royal Dutch Shell is expected to be granted the permits it needs to drill for oil in the Arctic seas north of Alaska, the US...

  3. May 11, 2011

    Canada boosts claim to Northwest Passage

    A plan to open up northern Quebec to resource development will help bolster Canada’s disputed claims to the Northwest...

  4. April 4, 2011

    BP’s alliance with Rosneft still in balance

    BP’s $16bn share swap with Russian oil champion Rosneft remains in the balance after a Stockholm arbitration court in London...

  5. April 4, 2011

    Ex-BP chief in talks to set up fund

    Tony Hayward, the former chief executive of BP, is in the early stages of setting up an investment fund focused on the...

  6. February 28, 2011

    First deepwater permit approved since BP spill

    US regulators approved the first deepwater drilling permit in the Gulf of Mexico since BP’s Macondo well disaster last...

  7. February 27, 2011

    Exxon urges US to resume deepwater drilling

    ExxonMobil, the largest US oil company, backed by industry groups, has urged regulators to allow deep­water drilling to...

  8. December 21, 2010

    Oil and gas groups in Gulf struggle after spill

    Bill Masters has spent the past 38 years working in the Gulf of Mexico, most recently as a rig maintenance supervisor. But...

  9. December 2, 2010

    US rethink on oil stance angers industry

    Oil and gas drilling in Arctic waters off Alaska faces further delays, while areas in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and off the...

  10. November 19, 2010

    Lew confirmed as White House budget chief

    The Obama administration received a boost on Thursday night when the Senate confirmed Jack Lew, a state department official...

  11. October 12, 2010

    Curbs on deepwater drilling lifted early

    The Obama administration lifted its moratorium on deepwater drilling ahead of schedule, saying new environmental and safety...

  12. August 11, 2010

    Obama-backed candidate wins Senate primary

    President Barack Obama’s preferred US Senate candidate won the Democratic primary in Colorado on Tuesday night, amid a slew...

  13. July 22, 2010

    White House firm on deepwater drilling ban

    Ken Salazar, US secretary of interior, insisted on Thursday that the moratorium on new deepwater drilling in the Gulf of...

  14. July 13, 2010

    Obama renews ban on deepwater drilling

    The Obama administration on Monday renewed its ban on deepwater drilling, imposed after the BP oil spill.The moratorium was...

  15. July 8, 2010

    Appeals court rejects offshore drilling ban

    All washed up: abandoned beach chairs covered in oily sand on the empty coastline of Orange Beach in Alabama A federal...

  16. July 8, 2010

    US fights reversal of offshore drilling ban

    The US administration on Thursday sought to reverse a court ruling that overturned its 6-month ban on offshore oil drilling...

  17. June 25, 2010

    Watchdog employees face jobs bar in US oil industry

    Sweeping changes to the US oil industry watchdog, outlined yesterday, could see its top employees being banned from working...

  18. June 24, 2010

    US oil watchdog faces shake up

    Sweeping changes to the US oil industry watchdog, outlined on Thursday, could see its top employees being banned from...

  19. June 21, 2010

    Oil groups expect rethink on drill moratorium

    The big oil companies are keeping their rigs on standby in the Gulf of Mexico in expectation of at least a partial lifting...

  20. June 20, 2010

    Oil groups expect rethink on drill moratorium

    Oil clouds the surface of Barataria Bay June 19, 2010 near Port Sulpher, Louisiana The big oil companies are keeping their...

  21. June 18, 2010

    Watchdog's fitness to handle spill investigation questioned

    The Obama administration's investigation into the Deepwater Horizon disaster is being conducted "completely backwards",...

  22. June 17, 2010

    Watchdog hits out at oil spill investigation

    The Obama administration’s investigation into the Deepwater Horizon disaster is being conducted “completely backwards”...

  23. June 15, 2010

    Texans fear offshore drilling ban will make economy the second disaster

    Staff at the Ocean Star offshore drilling rig and museum say they have seen visitor numbers pick up since the Gulf of Mexico...

  24. June 14, 2010

    Texans fear economy will be the next disaster

    Ocean Star museum in Galveston: the exhibits bear witness to how important the industry is to the state Staff at the Ocean...

  25. June 12, 2010

    BP seeks truce on oil spill

    BP will next week try to reach a truce in its acrimonious battle with the US administration over its huge oil spill in Gulf...

  26. June 12, 2010

    BP feels the ire of a Machiavelli

    The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is damaging Barack Obama's standing with voters. According to The...

  27. June 11, 2010

    BP feels the ire of a Machiavelli

    The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is damaging Barack Obama’s standing with voters. According to The...

  28. June 11, 2010

    US must hit reset button with BP

    Tony Hayward has been lambasted for his inept handling of BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But Barack Obama, the US...

  29. June 11, 2010

    Investors fear no limit to damages

    The reason investors have been panicking about BP over the past couple of days is that the US administration has apparently...

  30. June 11, 2010

    Costs absorbed

    Most oil companies are absorbing the costs of the moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico and maintaining contracts with drilling...

  31. June 10, 2010

    Investors fear no limit to BP damages

    Pointing the way: chief executive Tony Hayward has sought to reassure investors on BP’s financial strength The reason...

  32. June 10, 2010

    BP faces bill for lost drilling wages

    The White House stepped up pressure on BP yesterday, telling it to add the salaries of workers laid off by an offshore...

  33. June 9, 2010

    BP faces bill for lost drilling wages

    The White House stepped up pressure on BP on Wednesday, telling it to add the salaries of workers laid off by an offshore...

  34. May 28, 2010

    Chief regulator resigns after strong criticism

    The head of the regulatory body that oversees the US oil and gas industry has resigned amid fierce criticism over the...

  35. May 27, 2010

    Chief oil regulator resigns after strong criticism

    The head of the regulatory body that oversees the US oil and gas industry has resigned amid fierce criticism over the...

  36. May 27, 2010

    EU probes oil groups as US says change is needed

    The European Union is considering tightening its offshore oil industry rules in the wake of BP's oil spill in the US Gulf of...

  37. May 27, 2010

    Tougher federal action promised

    Ken Salazar, the US interior secretary, said yesterday that "significant enhancements" were needed to the federal...

  38. May 27, 2010

    Agency attacked

    Lawmakers called the Minerals Management Service "incredibly dysfunctional" yesterday after revelations that employees of...

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