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Alaska ice tested as possible new energy source | Connecticut Post

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A half mile below the ground at Prudhoe Bay, above the vast oil field that helped trigger construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline, a drill rig has tapped what might one day be the next big energy source. The U.S. Department of Energy and industry partners over two winters drilled into a reservoir of methane hydrate, which ...

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Shell criticised for limited testing of Alaska drilling containment equipment | The Guardian

Greenpeace says oil company used ‘stock-car race’ recklessless in testing capping stack to prevent Gulf of Mexico-style blowout Two officials from the bureau of safety and environmental enforcement (BSSE) – an arm of the US interior department – were present with Shell officials at the tests in Puget Sound, Washington, but there was no independent verification of the tests. Public ...

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Oil and Ice: The Risks of Drilling in Alaska’s Arctic Ocean | YouTube via AmericanProgress.org

As offshore oil drilling edges ever closer to becoming a reality in the Arctic Ocean, the Center for American Progress examines the region’s lack of readiness in the event of a spill. The video highlights the concerns and challenges facing the Coast Guard charged with its protection, the grave doubts of the scientific community about the lack of knowledge in ...

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BP halts offshore Alaska project | guardian.co.uk

BP has abandoned its controversial £1bn plan to drill for 100m barrels of oil off the coast of Alaska. The British oil company, which is still smarting from the Gulf of Mexico disaster two years ago, said it was pulling out of the Liberty field project because it would be too expensive to drill safely. via BP halts offshore Alaska ...

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Green Groups Plan Legal Challenge to Arctic Drilling | NYTimes.com

A coalition of about a dozen environmental groups is preparing to file a lawsuit as early as Tuesday seeking greater protections as Shell prepares to begin drilling exploratory wells off the North Slope of Alaska this summer, spokesmen for the groups said. The groups — including Earthjustice, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club, Oceana and the National Audubon ...

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North Slope oil well suffers a blowout: Oil | adn.com

An exploratory well being drilled on the North Slope by the Spanish oil company Repsol suffered an apparent blowout Wednesday morning when drillers were unable to control pressure from a pocket of natural gas, state and company officials said. Drilling mud and methane gas shot from the well through a diverter pipe, but none of the 76 workers on the ...

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Alaskan community revives legal bid for global warming damages | guardian.co.uk

A native American community in remote Alaska this week revived legal efforts to hold some of the world’s largest energy companies accountable for allegedly destroying their village because of global warming. The so-called “climigration” trial would be the first of its kind, potentially creating a precedent in the US courts for further climate change-related damages cases. Attorneys acting for the ...

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Guggenheim Partners announces Arctic investment fund | guardian.co.uk

Guggenheim Partners, a privately held investment firm based in the US, which manages more than $125bn worth of assets on behalf of its clients, has confirmed it is setting up a new fund dedicated to making investments in the Arctic region. The news has been criticised by environmentalists who fear that it will further accelerate the exploitation by oil and ...

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