Trans-Alaska Pipeline, northern Brooks Range, Alaska.
Oil production used to fall when prices were low. But a new drilling boom in Alaska, driven by technical advances and global partnerships, spotlights America's rise as a world oil power.
Activists in Seattle practice for demonstrations against Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to drill in the Arctic, April 17, 2015.
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President Obama used an obscure 1953 law to bar offshore drilling in Arctic Alaska and along the Atlantic coast. Republicans and energy companies want to reverse the ban, but it will not be easy.
U.S. Coast Guard vessels battle the fire on the Deepwater Horizon while searching for survivors from the rig’s 126-person crew.
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The new movie 'Deepwater Horizon' depicts the blowout that triggered the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A professor of petroleum engineering assesses what the film gets right and wrong.
It took BP 87 days to cap the Gulf of Mexico spill.
BP's plans for the Bight say it would take 10 days to begin dispersing an oil spill at source, and 35 days for well-capping equipment to reach the site – making it likely that oil would hit the coast.
The 2010 Gulf of Mexico blowout prompted a technical review, but what about corporate soulsearching?
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As BP plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight, questions can be asked about whether it has made the right changes to its working practices to avoid a repeat of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster.
Sperm whales, like many other species, use echolocation which can be hampered by noise.
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We tend to think of the oceans as quiet, when in fact they're anything but. Noise is the "forgotten pollutant", but the good news is that unlike many other pollutants it can be switched off if we try.
Cartier Island marine reserve is part of a network that covers one-third of Australian waters.
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Marine parks need to cover large swathes of ocean, but they also need to cover the right areas if they are to deliver the best conservation. New research off Australia's northwest suggests how.
Activists surround Shell Oil rig in Seattle’s Elliot Bay to protest Arctic drilling plans.
Offshore drilling debates boil down to "Drill, baby, drill" versus "spill, baby, spill." But economists say the right question is when we know enough to drill safely – and often that means waiting.
The Kulluk, Shell’s Arctic offshore drilling platform, was grounded in 2013 after efforts by the US Coast Guard and tug vessel crews to move the vessel to a safe harbor during a winter storm.
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Shell is going back to the Arctic to explore offshore drilling, but the company and the Department of Interior are not using the best practices for avoiding the risk of a spill.
Leiopathes, also known as black corals, are some of the oldest organisms in the sea.
A flock of scientists turned their focus to understand the Deepwater Horizon's impact, including one team that studied deep-sea corals.
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Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Obama administration is looking to expand offshore drilling. Is it any safer today?