Who needs lobbyists? See what big business spends to win American minds

By Erin Quinn and Chris Young

Trade groups pay top PR, advertising firms $1.2 billion over five years to influence public.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Consumer Financial Protection Bureau":

"… ency was behind a public affairs campaign targeting the proposed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency birthed out of the 2008 financial crisis. The campaign on behal …"

Obama administration to open Atlantic coast to drilling, handing victory to governors group

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Administration action a victory for governors group that was subject of Center investigation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sally Jewell":

"… a balanced approach to oil and gas development,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, in a call with reporters. The draft, part of the “Five Year Program” …"

Governors and oil industry work hand in hand in offshore drilling group

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Lobbying firm, advocacy organization did much of the work.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Technology":

"… Each May, tens of thousands of people gather in Houston for the Offshore Technology Conference, the industry’s premier event, and in 2011 they were looking …"

How oil and gas firms gained influence and transformed North Dakota

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Industry has transformed the state, but at what cost?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Missouri":

"… floor of a small brick building on the western edge of Bismarck, above the Missouri River. On the wall of the waiting room hung a framed drawing of Theodore R …"

"… rom a creek that ran directly into Lake Sakakawea, a dammed stretch of the Missouri River that provides drinking water and irrigation to much of the state. Th …"

As drilling ravages Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale, residents 'living in a Petri dish’

By Jim Morris, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer

In partnership with InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel, Center examines oil industry exploitation of Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Institute":

"… e industry during the 2012 election cycle, according to data from the National Institute on Money in State Politics. State legislators who enact the laws that reg …"

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 "American Petroleum Institute":

"… tion until 2016.     …"

"… ht news programs. The two advertisements on Fox News Sunday alone set the American Petroleum Institute back $10,000 a piece. The ads hit as lawmakers on Capitol Hill have …"

"… rt-term budget deal, but budgetary fights remain in Congress' future. The American Petroleum Institute is the main trade organization of the oil and natural gas industry and a p …"

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 "Energy":

"… s, whose profits and stock prices spiraled downward. Shares of Chesapeake Energy, for example, the No. 1 producer in Pennsylvania and No. 2 nationwide, rea …"

"… rofits Gas companies are now seeking authorization from the Department of Energy to export the gas overseas, where demand is higher. They already have per …"

"… in limbo. Approval may hinge on the conclusions published last month in an Energy Department report on exports. The status of the permits will remain undeci …"

"… . was on track to become an importer of natural gas as resources ran low. Energy companies built multibillion-dollar LNG import facilities up and down the …"

BP engulfed in lawsuit over 40-day Texas flare

By Kristen Lombardi

Two weeks before the Deepwater Horizon explosion, BP was involved in another major pollution case in Texas.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Marathon Oil":

"… ,” he adds.The company, which intends to sell its Texas City refinery to Marathon Oil for $2.5 billion, said it will continue to fight the leak litigation. BP v …"

EPA slaps BP but punishes the Pentagon

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Temporary contracting ban may force the military to disentangle itself from its favorite fuel supplier

Detroit refinery expansion adds more Canadian crude, brings more worries

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby

A conflict in Detroit symbolizes a larger national debate over oil company plans to step up refining of heavier, dirtier crude from Alberta.

Excerpts from this story referencing "pollution control":

"… icant expansions should trigger rules requiring refiners to install better pollution control equipment.Some advocates contend, however, that companies are underestimat …"

"… ompany said. The project, BP said, wasn’t big enough to trigger stricter pollution controls.Staffers with the Natural Resources Defense Council weren’t convinced. …"

"… ther things, the company said it would spend an additional $400 million on pollution control equipment.“This facility’s expansion is really the poster child for wh …"

FACT CHECK: Bogus oil claims by Crossroads GPS

By FactCheck.Org

Nonprofit group Crossroads GPS gets Obama administration energy policy facts wrong

Excerpts from this story referencing "Keystone pipeline":

"… alternative” of offering under 462,000 acres for such oil-shale leasing.Keystone pipelineThe narrator claims — falsely — that Obama lobbied to “kill” the Ke …"

FACT CHECK: More U.S. drilling didn't drop gas prices

By The Associated Press

AP looked at 36 years of gas prices, and found no reliable connection to level of domestic drilling

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… especially true about oil drilling in the U.S. More oil production in the United States does not mean consistently lower prices at the pump.Sometimes prices incre …"

"… l Keystone XL pipeline say it would bring 25 million barrels of oil to the United States a month. That's the same increase in U.S. production that occurred between …"

"… It's a world market, economists say.Unlike natural gas or electricity, the United States alone does not have the power to change the supply-and-demand equation in …"

"… at most cut gas prices by 10 percent."There are not many markets where the United States can't impose its will on market outcomes," Knittel said. "This is one we c …"

FACT CHECK: Obama, GOP spin recent energy stats

By The Associated Press

GOP rendition of U.S. energy production isn't in line with the facts

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coal mining":

"… om renewables, which include hydroelectric power, solar, wind and biofuels.Coal mining is also on the rebound, after declining in 2008 and 2009 due in large part …"

West Africa oil boom overlooks tattered environmental safety net

By Christiane Badgley

Industry regulation and disaster plans missing as Ghana ramps up production

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Bank Group":

"… izations show that the companies that developed the Jubilee field, and the World Bank Group officials who lent hundreds of millions of dollars to jumpstart the projec …"

Keystone XL pipeline rejection a setback for Canadian tar sands development

By Corbin Hiar

Keystone XL pipeline rejection won't stop the development of Canada's carbon-rich fuel

Excerpts from this story referencing "America":

"… spell the end of the oil sands development? No.” She predicts that America’s northern neighbor will go forward with a stalled pipeline to its& …"

FACT CHECK: GOP’s phantom job losses

By FactCheck.Org

Looking to smear Obama, Republicans effectively triple job loss stats

Excerpts from this story referencing "Petroleum":

"… relying on a report prepared by Quest Offshore for the American Petroleum Institute and the National Ocean Industries Association. That report didn …"

Keystone pipeline fight: Wall Street is watching

By Corbin Hiar

White House approval of oil sands pipeline could spur investments in dirtier fossil fuels and worsen global warming

Excerpts from this story referencing "Petroleum":

"… American jobs while reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil. The American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry’s lobbying arm, argues that the environment …"

Federal fracking response could be years away

By Evan Bush

In safety demo, Halliburton worker swigs fracking fluid - a sign of industry assurance. Little stands in way of natural gas extraction boom.

Excerpts from this story referencing "natural gas":

"… h toxic chemicals, is a central villain in the controversy over extracting natural gas by fracturing rock beneath the earth’s surface. Opponents fear this frac …"

"… as hydraulic fracturing, is used to tap previously unreachable deposits of natural gas in the earth. Sand, water and chemicals are pumped into shale formations t …"

"… with representatives from industry and public interest groups to make sure natural gas on public lands “is developed in a safe and environmentally sustainable …"

"… le moratorium would affect only a small percentage of the nation’s total natural gas output. Most fracking takes place on lands where the federal government ha …"

Fishing and the offshore oil industry: A delicate imbalance

By Christiane Badgley

Fishing and the offshore oil industry in Ghana

Excerpts from this story referencing "Petroleum":

"… an investment of about $3.4 billion. U.S. firms Kosmos Energy and Anadarko Petroleum are part of an operating consortium headed by U.K.-based Tullow Oil PLC. …"

Interior Department still struggling to collect oil and gas revenues in aftermath of Gulf spill

By Laurel Adams

GAO: Interior is struggling to incorporate changes with existing roles

Fact Watch: Playing politics with gasoline prices; both parties make questionable claims

By FactCheck.Org

Democrats and Republicans both demagogue the gasoline price issue

Excerpts from this story referencing "Petroleum":

"… In a February 2011 report called "What's Up with Gas Prices?" the American Petroleum Institute reported that on average oil and gas companies earned about "6 c …"

Fact Check: Permitting some fudging on oil stats

By Margaret L. Ryan

Obama official defends slow drilling record with selective use of data

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$163 million spent on oil pollution research — with no coordination

By Laurel Adams

Interagency committee to coordinate oil pollution research - didn't

BP's Iris Cross starred in two disaster PR campaigns

By Aaron Mehta

Before oil spills ads, BP's Iris Cross drew jury tampering accusations in earlier disaster

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

"… ploded on March 23, 2005, killing 15 workers and injuring scores more. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hit the company with the largest fine in agency history, and the ex …"

Oil spill cleanup fund is running out of money

By Laurel Adams

Oil spill damages fund, with a $1 billion cap, is nearly tapped out

Excerpts from this story referencing "Deepwater Horizon oil spill":

"… on on 281,308 claims and denied over 4,000 claims.  …"

"… agencies continue to conduct significant removal activities related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill,” according to a report by the Government Accountability Office.“Ultim …"

One year after tragedy, agency urges oil refineries to invest in safety

By Chris Hamby

Year after tragedy, government pleads for prevention

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chemical Safety Board":

"… ry to make the safety investments that might prevent similar tragedies.The U.S. Chemical Safety Board, an independent federal agency that is investigating the Anacortes blast, …"

Regulatory flaws, repeated violations put oil refinery workers at risk

By Jim Morris, Chris Hamby and M.B. Pell

The nation’s refineries are plagued by equipment failures and sometimes-fatal accidents that in many cases could have been prevented.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Petroleum Institute":

"… ess that can be corrected before a higher consequence event occurs,” the American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry’s main trade association, notes in a 2010 guidance doc …"

"… Republican, data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics show. The American Petroleum Institute reported spending $6.75 million on federal lobbying last year, the refiner …"

"… of the pipe that failed were below structural minimums established by the American Petroleum Institute. A spokesman for the company declined to comment.Throughout the industry, …"

"… hazardous materials, high temperatures and high pressure equipment,” the American Petroleum Institute said in a written statement. Officials at the institute did not respond to …"

BP spill report underscores government complacency

By Aaron Mehta

A presidentially-appointed commission today called for major changes in offshore oil drilling and described the Deepwater Horizon spill as “

Excerpts from this story referencing "William K. Reilly":

"… the release of millions of gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico in April. William K. Reilly, one of the commission’s co-chairs, warned that if specific actions are …"

After oil spill cleanup, mystery surrounds oil remaining in Gulf

By Laurel Adams

More than eight months after the Deepwater Horizon spill, researchers are still unable to paint an accurate picture on the amount of oil tha

Excerpts from this story referencing "Gulf of Mexico":

"… able to paint an accurate picture on the amount of oil that remains in the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 200 million gallons of oil flowed into the Gulf during the …"

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