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 "Virginia":

"… t was a brisk February morning, and the governors of Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia and North Carolina were seated around a ring of tables draped with pleated …"

"… ors were there, but staff representing the governors of South Carolina and Virginia did attend. McCrory administration staffers told journalists and environme …"

"… deep-water drilling and canceled plans to allow drilling in the waters off Virginia. Nevertheless, the 2011 conference was bigger than ever, with exhibit boo …"

"… ficials from the five inaugural states of the coalition — Texas, Alaska, Virginia, Mississippi and Louisiana — who decried the federal government for stan …"

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 "Marathon Petroleum":

"… labeled with the logos of oil field giants like National Oilwell Varco and Marathon Petroleum. Wells appear. Pretty soon, nearly every vehicle is connected to the drill …"

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 "Barnett Shale":

"… as more permanent monitors, provided to the wealthier, more suburban Barnett Shale region near Dallas-Fort Worth. Texas officials tasked with overseei …"

"… he Eagle Ford, all positioned far from the most heavily drilled areas. The Barnett Shale in North Texas, by contrast, has 35 permanent monitors, even though that f …"

"… inst God because he gave us this land to take care of.” Lessons from the Barnett Shale Texas regulators and politicians had a clear idea of the problems that wo …"

"… wells had been drilled within the city of Fort Worth, which lies atop the Barnett Shale formation, and six times that many were drilled in nearby communities. Tan …"

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 "Federal Communications Commission":

"… ing the past two weeks, according to records filed by the station with the Federal Communications Commission. That sum has purchased 61 television spots, the documents indicate — a …"

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.

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 "BP":

"… defined the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history — and sealed BP PLC’s reputation as a corporate polluter.But two weeks before the Deepwa …"

"… 11 workers and spewing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BP was spewing a different kind of pollution — in a major case that has rec …"

"… gned to burn only during emergencies. The single “emissions event,” as BP reported it to the state, triggered by an equipment breakdown, lasted 959 …"

"… urt.Overshadowed by the spill, this litigation is also proving tangled for BP. As many as 47,830 residents, plant contractors, and nearby workers — mo …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Defense Logistics Agency":

"… . The company providing 10.35 percent of the total amount purchased by the Defense Logistics Agency in fiscal 2011, for example, in contracts worth approximately $1.4 billion …"

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 "Marathon Petroleum Co.":

"… arted smelling it on Thursday,” said Shaw, who immediately suspected the Marathon Petroleum Co. refinery a half-mile from her house. “I kept the windows closed because …"

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 "Obama":

"… uce prices at the pump.”– Brooks Jackson …"

"… thing that is years away from becoming commercially feasible.The ad claims Obama lobbied to “kill” the Keystone XL pipeline. Not true. So far he has de …"

"… ce of gasoline has risen from a little over $1.80 a gallon during the week Obama took office in January 2009, to over $3.70 a gallon more recently. In fact …"

"… tion Administration.But is the difference in the price then and now due to Obama’s policies, as the ad claims? The ad offers some false and misleading ev …"

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 "Edward Melnick":

"… statistics professor John Grego, New York University statistics professor Edward Melnick and David Peterson, a retired Duke University statistics professor, looked …"

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 "oil production":

"… oration," Obama bragged in recent, multiple speeches. "Right now, American oil production is the highest it's been in eight years."Data collected by the Energy Info …"

"… lms, head of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, has watched oil production triple in his state in recent years thanks to new drilling methods, hydrau …"

"… es ammunition for Republicans, because it predicts that in the short term, oil production in the Gulf of Mexico, where the Obama administration placed a moratorium …"

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 "Environment":

"… documentation prepared by the IFC, the Environmental organization Pacific Environment also questioned IFC support for the project, citing: “Inadequate assessm …"

"… have touted the pace at which the Jubilee field was brought to production.Environmentalists point out that the country’s first deep-water oil project was its …"

"… resolution of several issues:  “Kosmos and the Ministry of Science, Environment and Technology have agreed to a solution with respect to the accidental mu …"

"… Ogoniland in 2008 – pollution in the Niger Delta that the United Nations Environment Program said would cost $1 billion to clean up.Shell said sabotage is thwa …"

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 "Environment":

"… ;president of Energy Security Analysis, Inc., an energy forecasting firm. Environmentalists have reason to temper their excitement over the pipeline's defe …"

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 "Environment":

"… ier grades of crude, said Sparsh Khandeshi, a refineries law fellow at the Environmental Integrity Project, an advocacy group founded by former Environmental Pro …"

"… t the Environmental Integrity Project, an advocacy group founded by former Environmental Protection Agency enforcement attorneys. The organization noted in June …"

"… erts. “China, for example, has been actively seeking energy resources.”Environmental groups dispute industry claims that the project will create so many jobs …"

"… have “no significant impact.” Previous findings have been disputed by Environmental Protection Agency. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to mak …"

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 "Petroleum":

"… exponentially. In 2005 according to a report commissioned by the American Petroleum Institute, just three wells were drilled. In 2009, that number rose to 710 …"

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 "oil production":

"… vironmental agency.”At its current pace of around 120,000 barrels a day, oil production will account for about 5 percent of Ghanaian GDP in the next few years. Th …"

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 "Lamar Alexander":

"… iness, you will raise prices at the pump.A day after the bill failed, Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee also said on Twitter that repealing oil tax breaks would rais …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "oil production":

"… plan in 14 years and research being conducted does not reflect changes in oil production, like the increase in deep-water drilling and Arctic oil production.The go …"

"… ges in oil production, like the increase in deep-water drilling and Arctic oil production.The goal of the committee was to coordinate oil pollution research among f …"

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 "presiding judge":

"… 5 BP refinery explosion that killed 15 workers and injured scores more.The presiding judge, court transcripts show, derided the letter-writing campaign as a “stunt …"

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 "BP":

"… orces a $1 billion cap per incident.After the Deepwater Horizon explosion, BP established a separate trust for individuals and businesses that suffered …"

"… that suffered damages resulting from the oil spill. Claims rejected by the BP trust or that go unpaid for 90 days may be filed with the OPA fund.So far, …"

"… s, environmental damage assessments, and payment of claims rejected by the BP fund. But as the total costs against the OPA fund increase, BP claims have …"

"… cted by the BP fund. But as the total costs against the OPA fund increase, BP claims have surged in recent months and the OPA is still reviewing more th …"

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 "BP":

"… e than four years ago following its investigation of the 2005 explosion at BP’s Texas City refinery, which killed 15 people and injured at least 180.& …"

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 "National Transportation Safety Board":

"… fatigue-related mistakes; that recommendation remains unresolved.Like the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates transportation accidents, the chemical board can only …"

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 “

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

National Academy releases interim report on Deepwater Horizon

By Aaron Mehta

The National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council have just released preliminary findings on what caused the explosion a

Re-named offshore energy agency urged to publish production data

By Linsey Isaacs

The scandal-wracked Minerals Management Services changed its name to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE)