A new poll shows 68 percent of Americans support offshore oil and gas drilling, but the issue is dividing Democrats in Congress. The Obama administration decided to allow seismic energy exploration off the Atlantic coast last week, suggesting offshore drilling may soon be a reality there.
Oil supermajor BP took its first step Wednesday toward returning to offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico after a drilling moratorium put in place following the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Four years after that tragedy, officials say the region is still a centerpiece of the US energy portfolio.
Hundreds of oil spills reported in Nigeria every year are ruining the environment and putting human lives at risk. A new report from Amnesty International says spills in the Niger Delta are the result of pipeline corrosion, maintenance issues, equipment failure, sabotage and theft.
Tropical storm Karen threatens to disrupt offshore US oil and gas operations during what has otherwise been a calm hurricane season. But any impact from tropical storm Karen will likely be muted by less offshore production in the Gulf of Mexico, low demand, and the government shutdown.