Deep sea 'gold rush' moves closerBBC | 18 May 2013
The prospect of a deep sea "gold rush" opening a controversial new frontier for mining on the ocean floor has moved a step closer.
Pew drops anchor in EuropeWorld Fishing | 21 Mar 2013
The American NGO Pew Charitable Trusts is spending millions of dollars financing NGOs that deal with marine conservation by coming into public and legal conflicts with the American fishing industry and management, reports Menakhem Ben-Yami.
Gas extracted from seafloorDaily Yomiuri | 18 Mar 2013
Methane hydrate, a form of natural gas, was successfully extracted from the seafloor about 80 kilometers off the coast of Aichi Prefecture, the industry ministry announced Tuesday. The feat is believed to be a world's first.
UK firm joins ocean mineral rushBBC | 14 Mar 2013
A new and controversial frontier in mining is opening up as a British firm joins a growing rush to exploit minerals in the depths of the oceans.
Japan taps gas from methane hydrateBBC | 12 Mar 2013
Japan says it had successfully extracted natural gas from frozen methane hydrate off its central coast, in what it says is a world first.
'Too late' for Govt to vote on saving seabedNew Zealand Herald | 08 Mar 2013
The Government says it was "too late" to vote to protect deep ocean habitats from the threat of seabed mining at the world's largest conservation congress because it had already issued prospecting and exploration permits.
Fossil CSI: Prehistoric clues to oil, environment revealedEurekAlert | 06 Mar 2013
(University of Houston) More than 200 delegates from around the world will assemble at the University of Houston Mar. 10-13 to share research and discoveries about oil and the environment at a conference on the economic and environmental use of fossils.
Kystnær oljeutvinning gir større fare for miljøskaderKlima- og forurensningsdirektoratet | 01 Mar 2013
Olje- og energidepartementets kunnskapsinnhenting viser at petroleumsleting og -utvinning i havområdene utenfor Lofoten, Vesterålen og Senja innebærer større fare for miljøskader enn i andre åpnede områder på norsk sokkel, mener Klif. Det samme gjelder for de mest kystnære områdene langs Helgelandskysten.
Shell halts Arctic drilling for 2013BBC | 27 Feb 2013
Royal Dutch Shell says that it will suspend its offshore drilling programme in the Arctic for the rest of 2013 in order to give time to ensure safety.
Why the world isn't running out of oilTelegraph | 19 Feb 2013
Decades ago, the world was told it was running on empty. Today, we have more oil than we need. What's fuelling the boom in black gold?
First Offshore Methane Hydrate Production Test to be Conductedmeti.go.jp | 04 Feb 2013
The Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE) will conduct the world's first offshore production test to dissolve methane hydrate and extract natural gas off the coast of Japan, from Atsumi Peninsula to Shima Peninsula (Daini Atsumi Knoll).
Arctic oil spill plan 'useless'BBC | 04 Feb 2013
Environmental campaigners say that a draft plan to respond to an oil spill in the Arctic ocean is inadequate and vague.
Another Mystery at the Ocean's Depths: Seabed Mining (blog)The Ocean Foundation | 25 Jan 2013
I am flying at an altitude of 39,000 ft. while thinking of the ocean's depths, those dark places some of us first saw in rare and beautiful documentaries which introduced us to Jacques Cousteau and the amazing creatures and marine life we have learned to love and cherish throughout the world.
US player pulls out of East Coast oil huntNew Zealand Herald | 15 Jan 2013
The government's drive for new investment in oil and gas development in New Zealand has suffered another blow with the departure of Texan mid-sized player Apache Corp from a joint venture with Canadian TAG Oil.
Refusal over Arctic drilling banBBC | 15 Jan 2013
The UK government has refused to support a moratorium on Arctic drilling, despite new concerns after the grounding of a Shell oil rig.
Editorial: Offshore oil eclipsed by fracking breakthroughNew Zealand Herald | 17 Dec 2012
In matters related to oil and gas exploration, the Government is becoming accustomed to putting a brave face on detrimental developments. First, there was the decision by Petrobras to surrender its permit off the East Cape.