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China takes dispute with Vietnam to UN


By Edith M. Lederer for the Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China took its dispute with Vietnam over its deployment of an oil rig in contested waters to the United Nations on Monday, accusing Hanoi of infringing on its sovereignty and illegally disrupting a Chinese company’s drilling operation. China’s deputy ambassador Wang Min sent a “position paper” on the ...

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Shale boom can shield US from hurricane problems


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Another benefit of the US shale boom: America is much less susceptible to fuel supply problems from hurricanes. An article from United Press International outlines how the prevalence of onshore drilling prevents potential energy disruption from tropical storms. Hurricane Katrina, for example, shut down half of all Gulf of Mexico production from offshore drilling in ...

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The baggage of offshore drilling

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media In the era of the great energy boom, investing in oil and gas exploration has exploded. Fresh, untapped areas have been targeted throughout the U.S. and no land is untamable. Since the 25-year congressional ban on Atlantic coast offshore drilling was lifted, offshore exploration has followed suit and has fueled substantial interest in the ...

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Japanese Oil Tanker Explodes Near Himeji Port

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TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese oil tanker exploded Thursday off the country’s southwest coast near Himeji port, leaving one of the eight people aboard missing, the coast guard said. Four others were severely injured. Photos and video from the scene showed billowing clouds of black smoke as coast guard vessels sought to douse the fire, which gutted the middle of ...

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Norway police remove Greenpeace activists from Statoil rig in Arctic


* Seven Greenpeace protesters removed from Statoil rig * Protest began early on Tuesday with 15 activists on board * Legal challenge stops Statoil starting full drilling OSLO (Reuters) – Seven Greenpeace protesters have been removed from a Statoil oil rig in the Norwegian Arctic where the company plans to drill the world’s most northerly oil well, the energy firm and the ...

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Greenpeace boards 2 drill rigs in Arctic protest

Mark Lewis | The Associated Press STAVANGER, Norway — Greenpeace says activists have boarded two offshore drilling rigs in a protest against oil and gas exploration in Arctic waters. Juha Aromaa, a spokesman for the environmental group, says 15 activists boarded a rig operated by Norwegian energy company Statoil about 109 miles (175 kilometers) off the Bear Island nature reserve ...

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Offshore rig taking on water but stable after wave

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GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — An offshore drilling rig is taking on water but is stable after being hit by a large storm wave off the Texas coast. The U.S. Coast Guard says the rig was drilling for oil and gas in 3,000-foot depths around 10 a.m. Tuesday when the wave hit. Petty Officer Manda Emery says the platform was knocked 55 feet, and one ...

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Croatia opens tender for Adriatic oil and gas exploration


By Igor Ilic ZAGREB, April 2 (Reuters) – Croatia published an international tender for oil and gas exploration blocks in the Adriatic on Wednesday, hoping to attract major oil firms and start production in five years despite protests from local environmental groups. The tender will run for seven months, and the government is expected to award concessions in early 2015 at the ...

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