On Thursday the Interior Department set the stage for controversial seismic tests to locate fossil fuels off the Atlantic coast. If found, the region will be subject to similar risks as 2010's Deepwater Horizon disaster.
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Shell’s decision to suspend its Arctic operations comes after a federal appeals court ruled last week that the U.S. government had not properly assessed the risks of drilling in the Arctic before it sold leases for exploration drilling back in 2008.
Shell's ambitions to drill for oil off the coast of Alaska received another blow Wednesday, when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Interior Department had failed to adequately assess the scale of oil production that could result from the 2008 sale of leases in the Chukchi Sea.
After three months awaiting trail, activists detained in Russia for protesting an offshore drilling rig have been released. The unexpected move is widely seen as a push for an improved international image as Russia prepares to host the Winter Olympics in February.
In recent weeks, Californians have been surprised to find out that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has been secretly occurring along their coastline for years, without any analysis of its potential environmental impact.