As a part of the Republican tax overhaul bill, Congress voted to open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and natural gas drilling, after more than four decades of contestation on the matter. Drilling is still years away at best, due to depressed oil prices, a lengthy review process, and likely legal challenges. But oil companies are already arguing over who will have rights to the reserve—while Native Alaskan communities that depend on its critical caribou habitat see impending cultural extermination. (Photo: FWS)
San Francisco filed a lawsuit against five fossil fuel companies due to expected expenses the city will incur from global warming. The companies named in the suit are BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell—chosen because they are "the largest investor-owned fossil fuel corporations in the world as measured by their historic production of fossil fuels."
President Donald Trump signed an executive order to lift restrictions placed on offshore oil drilling by the previous administration, opening vast areas to exploitation.
The US Supreme Court denied certiorari in an appeal by Mexican states attempting to sue BP over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Indigenous leaders and activists interrupted an auction of oil and gas exploration blocs in Rio de Janeiro, seizing the stage to discuss climate change and indigenous rights.
The government of Georgia accuses Russian military forces of encroaching on its territory in the contested South Ossetia enclave, seizing a section of BP’s Baku-Supsa pipeline. (Map: Perry-Castañeda Library)
BP reached a settlement with the US Justice Department requiring the company to pay $18.7 billion in penalties and damages to settle all claims regarding the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
Obama's five-year plan for offshore drilling opens up the Southeast coast and grandfathers Arctic leases—but the industry is still griping because it would keep ANWR off limits.
Experts tell us the North American shale oil boom is responsible for low prices despite Middle East unrest. But the price slump serves Western aims of weakening Russia and Iran.
More than 100 Colombian farmers filed suit with the UK high court against a BP subsidiary over damage to their lands from the company's Ocensa oil pipeline.
The president of Colombia's Ecopetrol, Javier Genaro Gutiérrez, announced that the state oil company will start processing licenses for the use of fracking technology.
The gas rig fire off Louisiana is portrayed as a near-miss at worst—while researchers predict a record “dead zone” the size of New Jersey in the Gulf of Mexico this year.