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  • For some cartels, human smuggling has taken priority over drugs ( Mexico )

    09/02/2014 5:36:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 29 August 2014 | ALFREDO CORCHADO
    With recent waves of Central Americans seeking to reach the U.S., human smuggling along the Texas border has, at least for the moment, become more lucrative than smuggling illicit drugs for criminal organizations such as the Gulf and Zetas cartels, according to two U.S. intelligence officials. U.S. agents tracking the money flow as part of the anti-smuggling Operation Coyote say that in just over six months, human smuggling has generated nearly $50 million, mostly in the area around the Mexican border city of Reynosa. The revenue has helped sustain the Gulf cartel during a bloody internal split, the officials said....
  • Pentagon orders aircraft carrier to Gulf in case Iraq military option needed

    06/14/2014 10:34:32 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 24 replies
    yahoo ^ | June 14 ,2014 | Missy Ryan;
    <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered an aircraft carrier moved into the Gulf on Saturday, readying it in case Washington decides to pursue a military option after insurgents overwhelmed a string of Iraqi cities this week and threatened Baghdad.</p>
  • UK maritime command HQ work to begin

    05/01/2014 10:23:11 AM PDT · by Smartisan · 2 replies
    WORK is due to start on a $9.7 million (BD3.6m) expansion of the UK Maritime Component Command (UKMCC) complex in Juffair, as Britain increases its military presence in Bahrain. A new, larger headquarters is planned, as well as facilities to provide engineering and logistics support for the four Royal Navy mine countermeasures vessels based here. "The two projects for an HQ and the waterfront support group were brought together in 2012 and a contract worth $9.7m has just been awarded to American International Contractors," said Permanent Joint Headquarters, the London-based organisation that plans and controls UK overseas military operations, in...
  • About 40 whales trapped in Florida's Everglades National Park (+video)

    12/04/2013 7:07:33 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 12/4/13 | Elizabeth Barber
    Four of about 40 pilot whales stranded in the Everglades National Park in southwest Florida have died, news media reported on Wednesday morning. About 30 whales are trapped in the shallow water near Everglades National Park, and about 10 whales are beached on the park’s shore, Reuters reported. Four of the beached whales have died, the news agency said.
  • Crude Solution: BP's Corexit on 60 Minutes, Australia

    11/30/2013 9:34:02 PM PST · by logi_cal869 · 9 replies
    Climate State ^ | 8/27/2013 | 60 Minutes Aussie
    This is a 60 Minutes Australian segment I believe is based on information posted here last November. I'm not sure when the episode aired in Australia. I rate this a "must-watch", both for personal safety in regards to the Gulf and in regards to the radioactive contamination we can expect from Fukushima (and the same level of disclosure & transparency from 'authoritative sources').
  • Gulf states to introduce medical testing on travellers to 'detect' gay people, stop them from...

    10/07/2013 3:52:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/07/13 | Ted Thornhill
    A medical test being developed by Kuwait will be used to 'detect' homosexuals and prevent them from entering the country – or any of the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC), according to a Kuwaiti government official. GCC member countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – already deem homosexual acts unlawful. This controversial stance is being toughened, with members of the LGBT community stopped at the border and banned from entering the country, according to Yousouf Mindkar, the director of public health at the Kuwaiti health ministry.
  • Camel Meat Leaps From Bedouin Tents to Top Gulf Eateries

    10/02/2013 12:12:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 02, 2013 | Wissam Keyrouz
    From camel carpaccio to camel bourguignon and gold-leaf burger, the meat offered traditionally at big festivities of bedouins has become a fancy ingredient in the Gulf's prestigious restaurants. Under the golden dome of Abu Dhabi's Emirates Palace, which bills itself as a seven-star hotel, French chef Sandro Gamba proudly presents his latest: a camel burger bedded in gold-leaf bread, served with onion jam and smoked halloumi cheese. On the side, the traditional french fries have been replaced by fried hummus fingers.
  • Iranian $40 Million Platform Unit Sinks In Gulf

    01/30/2013 4:46:16 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 46 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/1/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    A $40 million engineering structure belonging to Iran's South Pars gas field, which was to be used in offshore platforms, sank into the Gulf as it was being installed, media said on Wednesday, as reported by AFP. The equipment was built by Maritime Industrial Company (SADRA), an affiliate of the industrial wing of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, over a 30-month period." An investigation is under way," SADRA's managing director Mehdi Etesami told the ISNA news agency, without elaborating. The incident occurred Monday night as the 1,850-tonne jacket developed for South Pars Phase 13 sank to a depth of 80 meters (264...
  • Petrobras gets permit for U.S. deep waters

    03/23/2011 9:59:17 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 56 replies
    WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) -- Washington has given Petrobras America Inc. permission to start oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico, a regulator said. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement gave Petrobras approval to use a floating production storage offloading facility at its Cascade-Chinook project in the Gulf of Mexico. The approval marks the first time FPSO technology will be used in U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The oil and gas project is about 165 miles off the coast of Louisiana in 8,200 feet of water. The FPSO has a production capacity of...
  • Vitter wants answers on Brazil drilling loan; Paul wanted answers too

    03/22/2011 2:19:36 PM PDT · by Crush · 31 replies
    The US Report ^ | 22 March 2011 | Kay Day
    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) wants answers from the US taxpayer supported Export-Import bank about a $2 billion loan to Brazil for offshore drilling. Vitter’s home state is suffering under a moratorium imposed by President Barack Obama. Vitter said Louisianians “are frustrated” and he wants to know “why permitting domestically is nearly stalled…” Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) had questions about ExIM—nine years ago when he asked Congress to reject the reauthorization of ExIm for “economic, constitutional and moral reasons.” Vitter sent a letter to Fred Hochberg, Ex-Im president, on March 17. Vitter asked Hochberg to identify all US companies that have...
  • US Navy to Briefly Reduce Carriers in Persian Gulf

    11/22/2012 10:53:10 AM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    inn ^ | 11/21/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    The U.S. aircraft carrier presence in the Persian Gulf will temporarily decline due to unexpected repairs and unusual maintenance problems, the Navy said on Wednesday. The USS Nimitz was expected to be deployed to the Gulf early next year to relieve the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, which is now stationed in the region, but will be delayed due to the need for extensive repairs on a failed propulsion pump. The USS Eisenhower is being sent back to the U.S for repairs to its flight deck. It will remain in Norfolk, Virginia, for two months and then return to the Middle...
  • Military Ordnance In Gulf of Mexico Poses Threat To Shipping

    10/08/2012 9:33:10 PM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 22 replies
    PRNewswire-USNewswire ^ | Sep. 28, 2012 | Texas A&M University
    Millions of pounds of unexploded bombs and other military ordnance that were dumped decades ago in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as off the coasts of both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, could now pose serious threats to shipping lanes and the 4,000 oil and gas rigs in the Gulf, warns two Texas A&M University oceanographers. William Bryant and Neil Slowey, professors of oceanography who have more than 90 years of combined research experience in all of the Earth's oceans, along with fellow researcher Mike Kemp of Washington, D.C., say millions of pounds of bombs are scattered over the...
  • Iran test-fires missiles, sinks warship-sized target

    09/25/2012 11:16:34 AM PDT · by SpinnerWebb · 16 replies
    www.cbsnews.com ^ | 9/25/2012 | AP
    (CBS/AP) TEHRAN, Iran - Iran has test-fired four missiles designed to hit warships during a drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, an Iranian military commander said. The missiles were fired simultaneously and hit a "big target" the size of a warship, sinking it within 50 seconds, Gen. Ali Fadavi of the powerful Revolutionary Guard was quoted as saying by the semi-official Fars news agency.
  • Report: Netanyahu and Obama to Meet as West Deploys in Gulf

    09/16/2012 3:19:10 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 35 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 9/16/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Obama and Netanyahu will meet in an unannounced meeting, the London Telegraph reported Sunday. There has been no confirmation. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will meet on Sunday in an unannounced meeting, The London Telegraph reported Sunday. There has been no confirmation or denial from Washington - but the Prime Minister’s spokesman Mark Regev told Arutz Sheva on Sunday that the newspaper’s report they will meet on Sunday is “incorrect.” Concerning a meeting in the near future, he issued a “no comment” response. The reported meeting is to take place as 25 countries deploy warplanes and warships...
  • How the White House Delivered a Crushing Economic Blow to the Gulf

    08/20/2012 4:23:48 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 31 replies
    pjmedia ^ | 20AUG12 | by Sen. David Vitter
    PJM EXCLUSIVE: Louisiana's GOP senator on how the cover-up to trump sound science in favor of political ideology keeps growing with each chapter. Here’s the book-jacket teaser: A major U.S. environmental disaster strikes. As Coast Guard and other heroes struggle to contain the unprecedented damage, a different scene unfolds in a dimly lit conference room in Washington. A small group of high-ranking political hacks and overzealous ideologues see an opportunity to manipulate the situation to advance their agenda. They doctor a key report on the disaster by experts in order to justify shutting down all exploration and new production. They...
  • Iran bolsters retaliation capability in Persian Gulf, experts say

    07/27/2012 9:00:36 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 26 July 2012 | Joby Warrick
    Iran is rapidly gaining new capabilities to strike at U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf, amassing an arsenal of sophisticated anti-ship missiles while expanding its fleet of fast-attack boats and submarines, U.S. and Middle Eastern analysts say. The new systems, many of them developed with foreign assistance, are giving Iran’s commanders new confidence that they could quickly damage or destroy U.S. ships if hostilities erupt, the officials say. Although U.S. Navy officials are convinced that they would prevail in a fight, Iran’s advances have fueled concerns about U.S. vulnerabilities during the opening hours of a conflict in the gulf. Increasingly...
  • Looming Crisis: Officials Close Gulf Waters to Shrimping As Reports of Deformed Seafood Intensify

    04/26/2012 10:36:15 PM PDT · by Razzz42 · 58 replies
    stuarthsmith.com ^ | April 23, 2012 | Stuart H. Smith
    larmed by widespread reports of visibly sick, deformed seafood coming out of the Gulf of Mexico, state officials have closed area waters to shrimping this morning (April 23). The waters will be closed indefinitely as scientists run tests in an effort to get a handle on a situation that is fast becoming a full-blown crisis on the Gulf Coast. The closures – including all waters in the Mississippi Sound, Mobile Bay, areas of Bon Secour, Wolf Bay and Little Lagoon – mark the first official step in responding to increasingly urgent reports from fishermen and scientists of grotesquely disfigured seafood...
  • Grand Mufti in Saudi threatens churches

    04/06/2012 11:55:12 AM PDT · by Gillibrand · 2 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 6th April 2012 | Cathcon
    The debate on church buildings launched by Islamicist politicians in the Gulf continues. The Sheikha Fraiha Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, a member of the Kuwaiti royal family and chairman of the Kuwaiti "Society for the Ideal Family," has attacked the Islamist parliamentarian Walid Al-Tabtabaei, because he attacked her commitment to the construction of an Armenian Apostolic Church. The lawyer for the Sheikha described the attacks of the MP as "absurd and offensive," as the foundation "Pro Oriente" reported on Friday, according to Kathpress.
  • Pemex's woes may clear way for Brazil to help

    04/02/2008 11:28:28 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies · 47+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 1, 2008 | THOMAS BLACK and ANDRES R. MARTINEZ
    Mexico's leader sees potential in progress of Petrobras Guillermo Najera, a 42-year-old machine operator at Mexican state-controlled oil company Petróleos Mexicanos, gets paid to do nothing all day. Pemex management can't fire the union worker or transfer him from the ammonia plant in Ciudad Camargo, where he still shows up for work even though the plant stopped production in 2002. "We don't have anything else to do except keep our areas clean," Najera says as he and dozens of other idle workers enter the gates of the plant for the 7 a.m. shift. "I want to go back to work."...
  • Mexico, U.S. sign cross-border deep water oil deal[Obama Pretends To Care About Energy]

    02/20/2012 6:49:23 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    al-Reuters ^ | 2/20/12 | Andrew Quinn
    Mexico and the United States signed an agreement on Monday to help U.S. firms and Mexican oil monopoly Pemex exploit deep water oil resources in the Gulf of Mexico that straddle the countries' maritime boundaries. The deal, negotiated last year, will lift the moratorium on oil and gas exploration and production for 1.5 million acres in the Gulf and sets up legal guidelines for companies to jointly develop any trans-boundary reservoirs.
  • U.S., Mexico sign accord enabling joint oil exploration in maritime border area in Gulf

    02/20/2012 2:15:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    star-telegram ^ | 2/20/12 | bllomberg
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa signed an agreement today for joint development of oil and and natural gas reservoirs that straddle the two nations' maritime boundaries in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Shell losing $1 billion a year on U.S. Gulf drilling delays

    02/02/2012 8:07:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | 2/2/12 | bloomberg
    Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s largest oil company, is losing about $1 billion a year from drilling delays in the Gulf of Mexico since the 2010 Macondo disaster. Shell’s production in the region will be curbed by about 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent this year, similar to 2011, Chief Financial Officer Simon Henry said. The company expects to return to planned operations off the Gulf coast by 2014. “The cash flow implications are a billion dollars or more per year relative to where we want to be,” Henry said in London today. “We are catching up.” The company, which in...
  • Iran Threatens To Torpedo US Carriers In The Persian Gulf

    01/19/2012 10:28:22 AM PST · by Strategy · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | January 18, 2012
    Underscoring its desire to keep U.S. aircraft carriers from the Persian Gulf, a senior Iranian military commander today announced his possible plan to ambush the American fleet. Chalk this one up to more bluster, or part of a mounting back and forth rhetoric headed nowhere good, either way - Tehran plans to rely on its subs. Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army's Self-Sufficiency Jihad, Rear Admiral Farhad Amiri told Fars that Iran has the finest electic diesel submarines in the world, and that while the U.S. has focused on Tehran's "astonishing surface capabilities," it has forgotten about the underwater threat....
  • Recirculation aided Gulf plume’s degradation [re:BP spill's rapid disappearance]

    01/10/2012 8:15:46 AM PST · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 11 replies
    Science News ^ | January 9, 2012 | Janet Raloff
    Throughout the months-long 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists expressed surprise at the development and relatively speedy disappearance of giant plumes of subsea oil and gas that jetted from the wellhead and refused to surface. A new study explains how bacteria degraded the plumes so efficiently: A succession of hydrocarbon-noshing species mushroomed because their movable feasts were repeatedly replenished. Only about 15 percent of the BP gusher floated up to form giant surface slicks, a second new study finds. Natural gas constituents and dissolvable chemicals amounting to twice that mass remained near the seafloor, creating the...
  • Royal Navy sends its mightiest ship to take on the Iranian show of force in the Gulf

    01/06/2012 4:08:44 PM PST · by yank in the UK · 76 replies · 1+ views
    the telegraph ^ | 6th January, 2012 | unknown
    The Royal Navy's most formidable warship is being sent to the Gulf for its first mission as tensions rise in the strategically vital region, it can be disclosed. Naval commanders believe the deployment of HMS Daring, a Type 45 destroyer, will send a significant message to the Iranians because of the firepower and world-beating technology carried by the warship.Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, has publicly warned Iran that any blockade of the Strait of Hormuz would be "illegal and unsuccessful".
  • Environmental Scientist Caught Agreeing To Ignore Her Own Data, Make Up New Claims

    12/13/2011 12:19:01 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 12 replies
    Wizbang Blog ^ | December 12, 2011 | Kevin
    Dr. Ann Maest is a managing scientist at Straus Consulting, and she’s the go to expert on all things groundwater. In the press release announcing her reappointment to the National Academy of Sciences, they mention that she is focused on the environmental effects of mining and petroleum extraction and production, and, more recently, on the effects of climate change on water quality. Maest is in high demand as an expert for those looking to stop oil and mineral exploration. She’s also heavily used by the federal government, even though after new details about her past work are coming to light...
  • A Look Behind The Oil And Natural Gas Industry’s Numbers

    10/27/2011 2:04:23 PM PDT · by 92nina · 4 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-10-27 | Christopher Prandoni
    Four times a year, Democrats and the Left cherry-pick oil and natural gas companies’ quarterly earnings and supplementary data in an attempt to justify tax increases on some of America’s largest employers. Yes, Exxon and other American oil and natural gas companies make a lot of money, but they also pay a lot of taxes and employ a lot of people—two facets of these companies that are rarely, if ever, discussed. You are “Big Oil” Today Exxon announced 3rd quarter profits of $10 billion. So when oil natural gas companies make billions, who profits? If you have a retirement fund...
  • Cuba drills where Obama fears to tread

    10/19/2011 8:41:14 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 6 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 19,2011 | Jazz Shaw
    Good news, domestic energy fans! After extraordinary delays, it looks like there will finally be some energy production activity in the Gulf of Mexico once again. This time it’s in the fertile fields to the south and west of Florida, employing some brand spanking new deep-water drilling rigs with all the latest technical features. This is terrific, and I’m sure you’ll all join me in congratulating President Obama for moving forward with this much needed expansion of … What’s that? We’re not the ones doing the drilling? Then who is? “Before the end of the year, a Chinese-made drilling platform...
  • WHOI study reports microbes consumed oil in Gulf slick at unexpected rates

    08/01/2011 2:06:36 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    http://www.physorg.com ^ | 08-01-2011 | Provided by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
    More than a year after the largest oil spill in history, perhaps the dominant lingering question about the Deepwater Horizon spill is, "What happened to the oil?" Now, in the first published study to explain the role of microbes in breaking down the oil slick on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers have come up with answers that represent both surprisingly good news and a head-scratching mystery. In research scheduled to be published in the Aug. 2 online edition of Environmental Research Letters, the WHOI team studied samples from the surface oil slick...
  • Study: Picking up the Gulf oil permitting pace could result in 230,000 jobs !

    07/22/2011 3:11:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/22/2011 | Tina Korbe
    A new study by IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates shows the current (slow) pace of permitting for Gulf oil exploration and production continues to cost the country in jobs, government revenues and oil production. “The moratorium last year halted drilling activity, but since the moratorium was lifted last October, oil activity has been slow to restart and this has had a negative impact on jobs growth and U.S. oil production,” IHS CERA managing director of global oil James Burkhard said yesterday on a press call. “There is what we call an activity gap under the new regulatory environment and this...
  • BP wants to stop paying Gulf oil spill victims

    07/16/2011 6:10:02 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 25 replies · 1+ views
    AP via Google ^ | Jul 8, 2011
    CHICAGO — BP wants to stop paying most people affected by the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill for potential future damages because the region has recovered, a document released Friday said. The tourism industry is booming, all federal fishing grounds have reopened, and the shrimp catch has been plentiful, BP said. "The current economic data do not suggest that individual and business claimants face a material risk of future loss caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill," BP said in a 29-page document filed with the Gulf Coast Claim Facility, which is handling compensation claims. ... The compensation...
  • VIDEO: Victims of the Obama Drilling Moratorium

    05/29/2011 4:38:30 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Heritage ^ | 5/24/11
    VIDEO: Victims of the Obama Drilling MoratoriumPosted May 24th, 2011 at 7:05pm in Energy and Environment In the midst of the worst oil spill in U.S. history, President Obama imposed a moratorium on deepwater oil drilling one year ago this week. What was supposed to be a months-long ban on Gulf of Mexico operations has dragged on for a year in what’s now been dubbed a “permitorium” by critics of the administration. The Department of Interior justified last year’s moratorium as a necessary step to develop new regulations for offshore drillers. But a year later, those closest to the action...
  • Obama's War on Oil

    05/05/2011 11:02:39 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 20 replies
    american spectator ^ | 5-4-11 | Peter Ferrara
    Why would President Obama want high gas prices? It's a matter of ideology for him. He thinks it's good for the environment for gas prices to be high. The higher gas prices are, the less you will drive. Also, higher gas prices make his beloved "alternative fuels" more competitive. That is because these alternative fuels are inherently more expensive, and so can't compete with cheaper gas. Note this is not a prescription for easing the financial burden on working people. High gas prices make it more likely you will buy expensive "alternative fuels." But either way, your wallet will still...
  • Has Anybody Got a Deck of Gulf War Playing Cards

    04/22/2011 10:08:46 PM PDT · by BrokenHealer · 22 replies
    self ^ | 04/22/11 | self
    Hi Gang, I wonder if any FReepers have a deck of Gulf War playing cards. I'm most interested in cards which were actually handed out to US soldiers in Iraq. Do any of you guys have the printing, or computer expertise to print new decks of cards? If possible, I'd really like to talk to you about best images, numbers and cost. Agape, BrokenHealer
  • Two-thirds of oil and gas leases in Gulf inactive

    03/29/2011 11:25:31 AM PDT · by safetysign · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 03/29/2011 | Julie Pace
    An Interior Department report to be released Tuesday says more than two-thirds of offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico are sitting idle. According to the report, obtained by The Associated Press, those inactive swaths of the Gulf could potentially hold more than 11 billion barrels of oil and 50 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The report also shows that 45 percent of all onshore oil and gas leases are inactive.
  • Two-thirds of oil and gas leases in Gulf inactive

    03/29/2011 11:25:24 AM PDT · by safetysign · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 03/29/2011 | Julie Pace
    An Interior Department report to be released Tuesday says more than two-thirds of offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico are sitting idle. According to the report, obtained by The Associated Press, those inactive swaths of the Gulf could potentially hold more than 11 billion barrels of oil and 50 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The report also shows that 45 percent of all onshore oil and gas leases are inactive.
  • BP hikes claims czar's monthly fee to $1.25M

    03/25/2011 4:11:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 3/25/11 | Harry R. Weber
    PASCAGOULA, Miss. — Documents provided by the administrator of BP's claims fund for Gulf oil spill victims show the oil giant agreed to increase his law firm's monthly compensation from $850,000 to $1.25 million. The documents furnished Friday to The Associated Press include a letter from former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey to claims czar Kenneth Feinberg. Mukasey stated his belief that the extra money was warranted because Feinberg's duties had grown. Mukasey was asked by Feinberg to weigh in on how reasonable his compensation was. The pay hike, detailed in a Tuesday letter from Mukasey to
  • As more permits are approved, fight over offshore oil drilling heats up

    03/27/2011 5:49:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/27/11 | Andrew Restuccia
    As more permits are approved, fight over offshore oil drilling heats upBy Andrew Restuccia - 03/27/11 06:30 AM ET The rhetoric about domestic oil drilling reached a fever pitch in Washington this week with the Obama administration touting the approval of more Gulf deepwater drilling permits and Republicans countering that the pace of permitting is still too slow. The stakes are high for both sides of the issue, as pressure to address high oil and gas prices mounts amid continued unrest in the Middle East and North Africa. This week was packed with Obama administration announcements about drilling permit approvals....
  • Drill, Bebê, Drill...

    03/24/2011 5:57:01 AM PDT · by radioone · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 3-23-11 | Russ Vaughn
    Let's see if I have this straight: America shouldn't drill for oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico because our evil oil corporations surely will cause another accident like the BP spill and pollute all the oceans of the world; but it's no problema apparently for the obviously technologically superior Brazil to drill in the open Atlantic and sell their production to us? At least that is what I gleaned from the encouraging words delivered by our president to Brazilian leaders in a speech to local businessmen in Brasilia last week. Discussing the partnering of our two national economies,...
  • U.S. berates Bahrain, Gulf allies as tensions spread

    03/16/2011 8:16:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/16/11 | Lin Noueihed - Reuters
    MANAMA (Reuters) – The United States said Bahrain was on the "wrong track" in trying to crush Shi'ite protests in the Sunni-ruled island, rare criticism that highlighted concern the crackdown could ignite a wider regional conflict. Bahraini forces used tanks and helicopters on Wednesday to clear a protest camp set up by youths from the Shi'ite Muslim majority which complains of discrimination by the Sunni royal family. Three police and three protesters were killed. The unrest has brought an influx of troops to Bahrain from fellow Sunni-ruled neighbors Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, who fear the...
  • US clears more deepwater oil drilling in Gulf (2nd permit in 2 weeks)

    03/12/2011 11:00:38 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/12/11
    US clears more deepwater oil drilling in GulfUS allows BHP Billiton to resume deepwater drilling in Gulf of Mexico; 2nd permit in 2 weeks On Saturday March 12, 2011, 1:09 pm EST NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The U.S. government is allowing deepwater drilling to resume on another Gulf of Mexico well as the region recovers from BP's devastating oil spill. BHP Billiton PLC said Saturday that the permit will allow it to get back to work in its Shenzi field, located about 120 miles off Louisiana's coast. The well, about 4,300 feet below the surface, began production in March 2009,...
  • Interior Dept. challenges drilling permit ruling, warns of delayed development

    03/06/2011 7:26:03 AM PST · by epithermal · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/05/11 | Ben Geman
    The Obama administration delivered a warning late Friday to a federal judge who’s demanding Interior Department action on deepwater drilling permit applications: Be careful what you wish for. The Interior Department challenged a Louisiana judge’s orders that require decisions on several industry applications later this month, warning that the court's mandate could force Interior to “deny the applications outright” and divert resources from review of other permit requests. Interior appealed the orders late Friday and asked for a stay. In their filing, Justice Department lawyers say that Judge Martin Feldman’s orders could thwart the “efficient development of oil and gas...
  • White House calls push for strategic oil reserve release ‘premature’ (Hussein is “very mindful”)

    03/05/2011 6:14:16 AM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/04/11 | Ben Geman
    White House calls push for strategic oil reserve release ‘premature’By Ben Geman - 03/04/11 04:49 PM ET White House press secretary Jay Carney on Friday declined to say if a specific oil price would prompt a release from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The White House is under pressure from several Democrats to release oil from the 727-million barrel reserve as energy prices rise alongside turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East. Asked at what point the Obama administration would mull a release from the reserve, Carney replied: “We don't have a number to tell you that drives those decisions....
  • Salazar tells House Gulf oil production at 'all-time high;(300,000 fewer barrels produced per day)

    03/04/2011 7:12:55 AM PST · by epithermal · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/03/11 | Mark Tapscott
    Sometimes the stuff politicians say in this town just blows my mind. Check out the video below of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar telling the House Natural Resources Committee a whopper earlier today. Salazar claims oil production in the Gulf of Mexico has remained at "an all-time high" despite the Deepwater Horizon disaster and the federal moratorium and permatorium that have stopped all deepwater drilling activity, put thousands of people in Texas, Lousiana, Mississippi and Alabama out of work, and kept the region's energy economy mired in a deep recession. But according to the Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration, Gulf...
  • Gulf Oil Spill Could Have Been Stopped 48 days Earlier

    03/03/2011 12:00:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    american thinker ^ | 3/3/11 | Bruce Thompson
    For 48 days and nights, the Deepwater Horizon well spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico, when it could have been shut down. We now know this: It is very likely that if the top kill had been designed to deliver more than 109 bpm of 16.4 ppg drilling fluid below the BOP stack for a sustained period, the Macondo blowout could have been stopped between May 26-28, 2010. Given that the well was successfully shut-in with the capping stack in July, and that the subsequent bullhead (static) kill was successful, certainly a higher rate top kill would have been...
  • Obama Approves 1st Gulf Deepwater Drlling Permit Since BP Disaster!

    02/28/2011 3:17:52 PM PST · by Positive · 17 replies
    Noble Energy out of Houston...was already at 13,000 feet when they had to pull and plug it. They should be drilling through the cement around the end of March and reach the targeted depth by late May.
  • House GOP to push administration on offshore drilling amid unrest in Libya

    02/25/2011 3:36:46 AM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/23/11 | Andrew Restuccia
    House GOP to push administration on offshore drilling amid unrest in LibyaBy Andrew Restuccia - 02/23/11 12:03 PM ET Key House Republicans plan to argue next month that the Obama administration should act swiftly to issue offshore oil-and-gas drilling permits amid the political unrest in Libya and other countries. The House Natural Resources Committee said Wednesday it is holding two hearings in March on what Republicans have termed the administration’s “de facto moratorium” on deepwater oil-and-gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The administration has issued no deepwater permits since the last year's BP spill, and has slowed the pace...
  • Gulf buoy station in event mode?

    02/19/2011 7:44:07 PM PST · by RBW in PA · 28 replies · 1+ views
    National Data Buoy Center ^ | February 19, 2011 | Me
    Wave Event in Gulf of Mexico?
  • Judge: Drill Baby Drill

    02/17/2011 2:49:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    the american spectator ^ | 2/17/11 | Chris Horner
    Federal Court Orders Obama Administration to Act on Stalled Deepwater Drilling Permits Calls permitting delays "unreasonable, unacceptable and unjustified" WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Obama Administration's de facto drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico was once again struck down in Federal Court. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman granted a preliminary injunction requiring that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) act within 30 days on five pending permit applications from Ensco. "The court has now clearly found that the Obama Administration's refusal to act on permits is causing irreparable harm to companies, families and people of...
  • Democrats look to close lucrative Gulf drilling loophole (you pay more, Hussein still in contempt)

    02/17/2011 8:53:36 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    NOLA ^ | 2/17/11 | Bruce Alpert
    Democrats look to close lucrative Gulf drilling loopholeBy Bruce Alpert, Times-Picayune Published: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 8:00 AM Some House Democrats say Republicans who want to reduce the federal deficit should look at closing a 1995 loophole that allows oil companies to drill without paying royalties at some locations in the Gulf of Mexico. Changing the drilling rules, three House Democrats said Wednesday, could save $1.5 billion this year and $53 billion over the next 25 years. They are proposing to accomplish that with an amendment to a pending House Republican bill that would cut $60 billion in federal spending...