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Shell's Arctic withdrawal adds to cold spell for Alaskan crude

HOUSTON (Bloomberg) -- Alaska, once the workhorse of the U.S. oil industry, is being put out to pasture.

Shell’s Alaska exit means Arctic oil reserves remain locked away

The inglorious end to Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s $7 billion search for oil in Alaska means billions of barrels of crude will probably remain locked away in Arctic waters from the U.S. to Russia -- at least as long as prices remain near $50/bbl.

Why native Alaskans support Shell's Arctic drilling

Many native Alaskans depend on the oil business—many work directly for the industry—and welcome Shell's exploration.

What's new in production

Henry Terrell, Contributing Editor

Alaska oil money, onshore and off

BOEM kicks off formal review of Shell's Arctic drilling plan

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) deemed Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc.’s revised multi-year Chukchi Sea exploration plan (EP) as ready for a formal review Friday and invited the public to submit their views on the plan.

Six Greenpeace climbers scale Shell’s Arctic-bound oil rig

Six Greenpeace climbers have intercepted an Arctic-bound Shell oil rig in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 750 miles northwest of Hawaii and have scaled the 38,000 tonne platform.

Winters launches a complete line of industrial pressure switches

TORONTO, Canada -- Winters Instruments has launched a complete line of industrial pressure switches viz. 2WPS, 3WPS, 4WPS & 9WPS.

Chevron, Linn ordered to shut California wells on water concerns

California regulators ordered oil drillers including Chevron and Linn Energy to halt operations at 12 injection wells in the state because of concerns they may taint groundwater.

Obama says Keystone decision may be announced in weeks or months

President Barack Obama said a decision on whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline is possible in weeks or months.

WPX Energy cuts workforce, trims Denver office

WPX Energy is trimming its company-wide workforce by approximately 8% and consolidating most of its regional office staff in Denver, Colorado, together with personnel at the company’s headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Murkowski, Heitkamp lead coalition urging oil exports to Mexico

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee, and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., have joined with 19 of their Senate colleagues on a bipartisan letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker encouraging the administration to authorize oil exports to Mexico under the same conditions established for exports to Canada.

U.S. Senator Murkowski introduces bill to allow energy production on ANWR coastal plain

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, introduced legislation that would allow limited oil and natural gas activity within the non-wilderness coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

Regional report: The Arctic

Ron Bitto, Contributing Editor

The Arctic region presents great opportunities and major challenges, both technical and political