News bites: Google shoots for the sun, Shell leaks in the Gulf, and more

The Wall Street Journal reports that Google and KKR & Co. will announce a joint investment in California solar projects, a move the paper calls a sign of investor interest in the industry even as government incentives are expiring.

Reuters reports that South Korea’s government has activated an emergency plan to secure power plants, refineries and other energy infrastructure.

The Associated Press reports that oil giant ConocoPhillips has received a crucial permit needed for its drilling project in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve.

AP also reports that Royal Dutch Shell has shut down a Gulf of Mexico drilling rig after the leak of thousands of gallons of drilling fluid.

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The news service has a published an investigative piece on the cumulative toll of oil spills in Russia, calling the country’s production areas a “sprawling, inhospitable zone that experts say represents the world's worst ecological oil catastrophe.”