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Obama’s offshore drilling ban–“Trump-proof”?

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In a historic move taken a month to the day before he hands over the White House to one of the most fossil-fueled administrations in U.S. history, President Obama answered the call of Native Alaskans, coastal residents and climate activists demanding offshore drilling bans, and stuck it to Donald Trump. Obama banned all future offshore oil and gas drilling from ...

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Shale gas violations down as DEP steps up inspections

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Pennsylvania oil and gas producers pinched by the lowest prices in years are not catching any breaks from state regulators. The Department of Environmental Protection’s oil and gas office conducted 1,700 more inspections during the first seven months of the year, an 11 percent increase over the same period in 2014, according to department data. A boost in office staff ...

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Oil-covered beach near Santa Barbara, California, closed

SUMMERLAND, Calif.— Santa Barbara County, California, officials say a popular beach remains closed as officials try to determine the source of smelly oil and tar balls that have washed ashore. The Public Health Department’s Susan Klein-Rothschild said Sunday that strong petroleum odors and oily substances on Summerland Beach have persisted. She says officials will reevaluate on Monday whether it’s safe ...

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Offshore oil drilling banned along new stretch of California coast as Obama administration doubles size of marine sanctuaries

In the largest expansion of national marine sanctuaries in California in 23 years, the Obama administration on Tuesday more than doubled the size of two Northern California marine sanctuaries, extending them by 50 miles up the rugged Sonoma and Mendocino coasts. Under the dramatic move by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the boundaries of the Gulf of the Farallones ...

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Washington County residents speak against gas drilling

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Gas well drilling companies can’t be counted on to follow the raft of ordinance changes being proposed in Peters, claim a group of Washington County residents who imparted what they said were their experiences with Marcellus Shale drilling to council Monday. “This is a cautionary tale,” said JoAnne Wagner of Mount Pleasant Township, where the first Marcellus well was drilled ...

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Judge overturns New Mexico county’s drilling ordinance

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A federal judge has overturned a northeastern New Mexico county’s effort to ban oil and natural gas drilling. District Judge James O. Browning’s 199-page order released Tuesday declares Mora County’s ordinance invalid. The ordinance was enacted in April 2013. It cited environmental concerns and put the county’s decision-making rights ahead of business interests and federal and state ...

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Fracking industry suing over drilling bans

As fracking spreads in the United States, voters in more and more cities are banning drilling, waste disposal and other practices associated with deep-shale oil and gas wells. But those bans have prompted lawsuits filed by state governments or the oil and gas industry raising a legal question: Who gets to say where fracking can happen? “The Ohio legislature made ...

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Boulder County extending drilling moratorium

BOULDER, Colo. — Boulder County is extending a ban on new oil and gas development in unincorporated parts of the county. The moratorium had been set to end on Jan. 1 but county commissioners voted Thursday to continue it for another 3 ½ years. The Longmont Times-Call reported that the vote drew applause from about 50 people who gathered for the ...

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