News bites: All eyes on Shell's plan to drill off Alaska coast, DOE unveils 'fracking' technology

Oil prices fell 2 percent Monday on the news that Osama bin Laden was killed. But gas prices continued to rise. The average gallon of gas in the United States cost $3.95 as of Monday morning.

Environmentalist and industry groups alike are waiting to see how the Obama administration handles a proposal to drill off the coast of Alaska expected to be unveiled by Shell Oil this week, The New York Times reports.

USA Today highlights two studies that link climate change to an uptick in extreme weather, including tornadoes. The story comes as other news outlets have reported that meteorologists are warning against blaming climate change for the tornadoes in the South last week and underscores the complexity of connecting any single weather pattern to climate change.

A Canadian oil pipeline ruptured.

The Energy Department has developed a technology that can remove almost all chemicals from fracking fluid.

The Times also reports that Japanese people living around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are in “limbo,” “exposed to levels of radiation that are several times the normal level, though not high enough to cause observable health risks.”

The state of Utah sued the Obama administration Friday over its “wild lands” policy, which would give large swaths of land wilderness protection.