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Anti-drilling protesters shout, disrupt oil, gas lease sale

Anti-drilling protesters shout, disrupt oil, gas lease sale

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Protesters opposed to drilling in the Gulf of Mexico disrupted an oil and gas lease sale Wednesday, chanting and waving signs as government officials read bids from companies for the right to explore and develop fossil fuels offshore. Government officials said afterward that the sale — for tracts in the central and eastern regions of the ...

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Gulf oil, gas leases up for sale; environmentalists protest

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The federal government is selling off oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico during a sale Wednesday, but environmentalists opposed to fossil fuels development on public lands plan to protest. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is offering about 45 million acres for exploration and development. Companies submit bids in advance to the agency, ...

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Oil port seeks customers for planned crude loading facility

FORT FOURCHON, La. — The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port is seeking customers for a planned service that will send crude to Texas refineries. LOOP spokesman Terrance R. Coleman tells the Advocate (http://bit.ly/1QbyGJF) that the project is intended to bring back the market that was cut off when the Houston-to-Houma pipeline was reversed two years ago. The pipeline began sending oil ...

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Fracking rules for coastal Virginia focus of 2 hearings

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hearings are scheduled this week on proposed new rules for oil and gas drilling in Virginia’s coastal plain. The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy has scheduled hearings Monday and Tuesday in the Fredericksburg area and in Richmond. The hearings will focus on proposed changes in so-called fracking, a drilling process that uses a cocktail ...

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Senators want drilling ban on outer continental shelf

LOS ANGELES — A group of Democratic senators on Wednesday proposed permanently banning offshore drilling on the outer continental shelf off California, Oregon and Washington. A bill to be formally introduced shortly would block federal leases for the exploration, development or production of oil or natural gas in any area of the outer continental shelf off the coast of the ...

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Actors join campaign to draw attention to Arctic issue

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Critics of Arctic offshore petroleum drilling have used climbing gear, kayaks and polar bear costumes to protest industrial activity in the Arctic. They’re now trying humor. Actors Alexander Skarsgard of “True Blood” and Jack McBrayer of “30 Rock,” along with Andy Bichlbaum of “The Yes Men” activists, are on a Greenpeace ship in the Greenland Sea with ...

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Republicans oppose new safety rules on offshore drilling

NEW ORLEANS — Republican lawmakers on Tuesday criticized an Obama administration move to toughen standards for offshore drilling, saying the new rules would be costly for drillers and threaten to shut down oil and gas exploration off the nation’s coasts. The Interior Department is preparing to issue standards to close what it says are gaps in blowout preventer rules. A ...

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2 more NC communities on record opposed to offshore drilling

HOLDEN BEACH, N.C— Two more communities on the North Carolina coast have gone on record opposing drilling for oil and natural gas in the Atlantic Ocean. The town councils in Holden Beach and Oak Island passed resolutions Tuesday. Holden Beach passed a resolution opposed to both seismic testing and drilling. Oak Island went on record opposed to drilling after passing ...

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Italy’s Eni makes mega gas discovery off Egyptian coast

ROME/MILAN – Italian energy group Eni said on Sunday it had discovered the largest known gas field in the Mediterranean off the Egyptian coast, predicting the find could help meet Egypt’s gas needs for decades to come. The Italian major said in a statement the offshore “Zohr” field could hold 30 trillion cubic feet of gas, covering an area of ...

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3 companies at Port of Iberia announce expansion plans

NEW IBERIA, La. — Three oil and gas service companies located at the Port of Iberia say they plan to expand operations and add employees The Advocate reports the move bucks the trend of energy companies announcing layoffs and tightened budgets due to low commodity prices. “We see a very brisk future over the next five years,” said Eddie Clay, manager ...

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