News bites: Administration blasts bill to expand drilling in NPR-A

The Obama administration blasted a bill by House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) to expand and speed up drilling in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve.

A proposal by Mexico and Papua New Guinea would make it easier to come to an agreement at international climate talks.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier dismissed a slew of oil spill claims Thursday.

The Wall Street Journal reports: “The head of Greenpeace has scaled an oil rig offshore of Greenland operated by Cairn Energy PLC, defying a court order aimed at stopping activists from further disrupting the oil and gas explorer's controversial Arctic drilling campaign, the environmental group said Friday.”

Top Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee called on federal regulators to study whether oil sands weaken the integrity of pipelines.