Politicization at Department of Interior

By The Center for Public Integrity

Politics, not science, drove some decisions at the Department of the Interior

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chevron Corporation":

"… lations — about endangered species to pro-industry groups, including the Chevron Corporation and the conservative Pacific Legal Foundation. MacDonald became the subjec …"

Right on the money: The George W. Bush profile

By Charles Lewis

On January 30, 1990, Platt's Oilgram News, a respected trade journal of the petroleum industry, reported that a subsidiary of a small, Dalla

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Defense Fund":

"… oluntary programs are working in Texas.”Well, not really. A study by the Environmental Defense Fund published six months after Bush’s press conference found that only three …"

Saturated with oil money, Texas legislature saved industry from pollution rule

By David Hasemyer, Ben Wieder and Alan Suderman

An effort to impose stricter rules on Texas oil and gas operators in 2011 fizzled after the state legislature got involved.

Excerpts from this story referencing "ConocoPhillips":

"… osition materialized quickly. The Texas Oil and Gas Association, Marathon, ConocoPhillips, Shell Oil, Chevron and other industry giants lined up to tell Texas legis …"

Delay of long-awaited refinery accident report signals divisions at Chemical Safety Board

By Chris Hamby

A last-minute change to a public meeting on a 2010 explosion at the Tesoro refinery in Washington State has board members "embarrassed."

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tesoro":

"… This story has been updated to include a summary of a draft report on the Tesoro accident by the Chemical Safety Board, and a statement by Sen. Patty …"

"… Patty Murray, D-Wash. In the almost four years since an explosion at the Tesoro Corp. oil refinery in Anacortes, Wash., killed seven workers, the independ …"

"… ions. “We are embarrassed by the pattern of unmet promises” about the Tesoro report, the two board members wrote to Democratic Rep. Rick Larsen, saying …"

"… .Va., this month. The draft report, released Thursday, sharply criticizes Tesoro’s safety culture, saying the company failed to identify and fix the dama …"

West Virginia chemical spill probe falls to overburdened Chemical Safety Board

By Chris Hamby and Ronnie Greene

Massive chemical spill in W.Va. adds to a growing backlog for the troubled Chemical Safety Board.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Transport":

"… w case to the federal agency’s workload. The CSB is akin to the National Transportation Safety Board — an independent federal board whose inquiries are int …"

Chevron shareholders reject ban on political spending

By Michael Beckel

Only a sliver of shareholders want oil giant to stop using corporate funds for politics.

Oil industry trade group takes to D.C. airwaves

By Michael Beckel

Ad campaign by American Petroleum Institute targets D.C. media market, records show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Alaska":

"… kers: $1,000 a piece to Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who won't stand for re-election until 2016.     …"

Export push reframes debate over fracking

By Alexandra Duszak

Energy indepedence for the U.S. no longer at issue — exports would help industry's bottom line.

Excerpts from this story referencing "India":

"… ssion to export to non-free trade agreement countries such as South Korea, India, China and Japan, where the price of natural gas has reached more than $18 …"

"… sion to export to non-free trade countries, such as Japan, South Korea and India. Even if their requests are approved, they will have to spend $6 billion …"

Some energy CEOs among highest paid U.S. corporate bosses

By Chris Hamby

As gas prices rise and politicians deliberate, energy execs rake it in

IMPACT: In Philadelphia, plea for safer alternative at refinery

By Jim Morris

IMPACT: No harm from clouds of toxic acid, refiner says — to skepticism

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… ve inspections at the refinery between February 2009 and January 2011, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Sunoco for 20 alleged violations, 13 of which involved control of ha …"

Chamber of Commerce, other biz lobbies drill big oil for new cash gusher

By Peter H. Stone

What do the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC), and the new American Crossroads group have i

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… rce, the Business Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC), and the new American Crossroads group have in common this summer?All are seeking big bucks from the deep-p …"

"… made “significant progress” in enticing new donors from other sectors.American CrossroadsMeanwhile, American Crossroads, a so-called 527 nonprofit group that’s lo …"

"… in enticing new donors from other sectors.American CrossroadsMeanwhile, American Crossroads, a so-called 527 nonprofit group that’s looking to raise upwards of $50 …"

"… ielded lucrative dividends.In a report filed with the IRS late last month, American Crossroads disclosed that two Texas billionaires with sizable oil investments, Trevor …"

Big oil wields ultra deep influence

By Laura Peterson

Legislators push for energy industry tax breaks, regulatory changes to hunt for oil at the bottom of the sea

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… ecause of the vulnerability to supply disruptions. Insurgency campaigns in Iraq, pipeline sabotage in Colombia and civil unrest in Nigeria are just a few …"

Big oil protects its interests

By Aron Pilhofer

Industry spends hundreds of millions on lobbying, elections

Excerpts from this story referencing "Louisiana":

"… il and gas campaign contributions since 1998. All three came from oil-rich Louisiana.They were Sen. Mary Landrieu, Sen. John Breaux and Rep. Christopher John.T …"

Greasing the skids of corruption

By Phillip van Niekerk and Laura Peterson

Money from multinational oil companies moves through labyrinths of international bank accounts, avoiding national budgets and banks

Excerpts from this story referencing "energy resources":

"… bad business for oil companies. If done right, the development of Africa's energy resources will improve our nation's security, benefit our economy, and help lift Afr …"

Harken's Ivy League underwriter

By John Dunbar

WASHINGTON, October 17, 2002 — The year 1990 started out on a high note for Harken Energy. ...

Excerpts from this story referencing "Anadarko":

"… ard University’s huge endowment.Under the agreement, known as the Harken Anadarko Partnership, Harvard took an 84 percent stake and Harken 16 percent. The p …"

"… t same year, 1989, Harken began trading on the New York Stock Exchange.The Anadarko and KMI deals were just two of many transactions that involved Harken and …"

"… ent and personally owned 10,000 Harken shares. When the board voted on the Anadarko partnership, minutes show the two men abstained, presumably because they w …"

Did taxpayers lose on deal for oil field?

By Josey Ballenger, Nathaniel Heller and Knut Royce

WASHINGTON, October 27, 2000 — "For the last eight years, I have had the challenge of running the streamlining program called 'Reinventing

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Washington University":

"… make sure we had oil in a time of crisis.”Professor William H. Becker of George Washington University, a specialist on public policy and the oil industry, said he believes the …"