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  • Ongoing Disaster in the Gulf (Obama has turned the oil spill into an ongoing economic calamity)

    01/26/2011 7:14:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/26/2011 | George Scaggs
    While the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the Obama administration's subsequent six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico are common knowledge, the fact that the federal government has turned the tragic accident into an ongoing economic calamity seems to be drawing scant attention. Though the drilling moratorium was officially lifted three months ago, it has been replaced with an ongoing de facto ban.  But the full scope and damaging consequences of the federal government's reactions to the gulf spill go well beyond deep-water drilling. While the moratorium was limited to deep-water rigs, the work stoppage...
  • U.S. Oil Output Down to a Trickle? (Gulf's contribution is dwindling)

    01/20/2011 7:39:16 AM PST · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Kiplinger ^ | 1/12/11 | Jim Patterson
    U.S. Oil Output Down to a Trickle?With permits to drill slowed down or in limbo, the Gulf's contribution is dwindling. By Jim Patterson, Associate Editor, The Kiplinger Letter January 12, 2011 Domestic oil production faces a long-term decline in the wake of curtailed offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, stemming from the BP oil spill last year. In four to five years, a loss of several hundred thousand barrels a day from the Gulf is likely, enough to significantly boost U.S. reliance on imported oil. It's no surprise, really. New deepwater drilling has largely come to a standstill in...
  • Elder Bush brings team together 20 years after Gulf War

    01/20/2011 7:25:16 AM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/20/11
    Elder Bush brings team together 20 years after Gulf WarBy the CNN Wire Staff January 20, 2011 7:23 a.m. EST Baghdad (CNN) -- Former President George H.W. Bush is getting his old foreign policy team back together on the 20th anniversary of the Gulf War. The reunion is being held on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, where the Bush presidential library is located. A roundtable discussion by the Bush team is expected to include the 41st president, former vice presidents Dan Quayle and Dick Cheney, who was secretary of the defense at the time, and former secretaries...
  • Federal study confirms microbes have eaten most of the Gulf Oil Spill

    01/10/2011 9:09:44 PM PST · by brityank · 51 replies · 1+ views ^ | January 10th, 2011 2:30 pm ET | John Ryden
    Federal study confirms microbes have eaten most of the Gulf Oil Spill A study by researchers from Texas A&M and University of California in Santa Barbara have found that all of the methane gas released from the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico have been consumed by tiny microbes. Methane gas amounts 100,000 times higher than normal at the time of their release have completely disappeared after only 120 days. Some scientists had raised concerns that dissolved methane and other oil residue would continue to plague the Gulf for years or even decades. This is turning out not...
  • Gulf Oil Spill: Methane Gas Concentrations in Gulf of Mexico Quickly Returned to Near-Normal Levels

    01/06/2011 5:43:27 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 1/06/11
    Gulf Oil Spill: Methane Gas Concentrations in Gulf of Mexico Quickly Returned to Near-Normal Levels, Surprising Researchers ScienceDaily (Jan. 6, 2011) — Calling the results "extremely surprising," researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara and Texas A&M University report that methane gas concentrations in the Gulf of Mexico have returned to near normal levels only months after a massive release occurred following the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. Findings from the research study, led by oceanographers John Kessler of Texas A&M and David Valentine of UCSB, were recently published in the journal Science. The findings show that Mother Nature...
  • Official: Preserving Gulf Coast a big undertaking

    01/06/2011 11:57:51 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    miami herald ^ | 1/6/11 | ap, CAIN BURDEAU
    NEW ORLEANS -- A White House appointee says preserving a Gulf Coast ecosystem damaged by decades of erosion and months of crude oil that gushed from a deep-sea well off Louisiana will be an enormous undertaking, the "grandaddy" of restoration projects. "I have been involved in many ecosystem restoration projects, but this is the grandaddy of them all," said John Hankinson, a veteran of restoration projects in Florida. Hankinson was appointed in October as executive director of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, a group that will recommend how to use the heavy fines likely to confront energy company...
  • Panel challenges Gulf seafood safety all-clear

    12/28/2010 12:38:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies · 3+ views
    msnbc ^ | 12/28/10 | Kari Huus
    A New Orleans law firm is challenging government assurances that Gulf Coast seafood is safe to eat in the wake of the BP oil spill, saying it poses “a significant danger to public health.” It’s a high-stakes tug-of-war that will almost certainly end up in the courts, with two armies of scientists arguing over technical findings that could have real-world impact for seafood consumers and producers. Citing what the law firm calls a state-of-the-art laboratory analysis, toxicologists, chemists and marine biologists retained by the firm of environmental attorney Stuart Smith contend that the government seafood testing program, which has focused...
  • Ranching No Man's Land

    12/22/2010 9:01:52 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 21 replies · 1+ views
    The Cattleman ^ | December 2010 | David F. Crosby
    Mexico has belatedly discovered that its criminal syndicates have become so powerful that they directly threaten the state. In fact, Mexico hovers on the brink of becoming a narco-state. Its criminal syndicates control the Mexican side of the Texas/Mexico border and the smuggling of drugs and illegal immigrants into Texas. Their influence and reach have crossed the Rio Grande River in ways that many politicians and media prefer to not acknowledge. Caught in this crossfire are ranchers trying to protect their property and their way of life. Here are some of the problems they face daily. The criminal organizations To...
  • Rigs in Gulf Ready to Drill, but There’s Little Work

    12/08/2010 9:20:09 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | 12/8/10 | Clifford Krauss
    ABOARD SEAHAWK 2007, Gulf of Mexico — For the 31 workers on this jackup oil rig, the waiting is finally over. In recent weeks, they have been doing basic chores like painting handrails and scrubbing the deck while the federal government reviewed Castex Energy’s application to drill a natural gas well in 150 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico — a normally quick process that turned glacial after the BP oil spill on April 20 prompted regulators to shut down almost all new drilling in the region.
  • Armed services are urged to stock kitchens with Gulf seafood

    12/08/2010 6:07:19 AM PST · by FromLori · 36 replies · 1+ views
    NOLA ^ | 12/7/2010 | Jonathan Tilove
    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who doubles as President Barack Obama's point man on Gulf Coast oil spill recovery, is pressing America's armed services to consume as much Gulf seafood as possible. Navy Capt. Beci Brenton said Monday that Mabus has talked with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the secretaries of the Air Force and Army, and his staff has talked to the Defense Commissary Agency, which operates a worldwide chain of stores for military personnel, making the point "that we should be buying Gulf Coast seafood." In a meeting Monday with Ewell Smith, executive director of the Louisiana Seafood...
  • Obama Administration Surrenders Gulf Oil Leak Estimate E-Mails

    11/24/2010 5:54:57 PM PST · by apoliticalone · 5 replies
    CBS NEWS ^ | 11-24-2010 | CBS
    Obama Administration Turns Over Internal E-mails by Government Scientists Concerning Estimates Now Acknowledged as Too Low (AP) The Obama administration late Wednesday defended the integrity of its estimates - which turned out to be inaccurate - during the summer of how much oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico, turning over thousands of pages of internal e-mails written by government scientists who worked on the project. In the e-mails, the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Jane Lubchenco, cautioned a colleague about how to present the government's findings: "I believe we owe it to everyone to provide the...
  • 3 Republicans Say Report on Spill Was Manipulated

    11/13/2010 4:51:57 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 31 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 12, 2010 | JOHN M. BRODER
    Three Republican senators demanded Friday that the White House explain last-minute editing changes to an Interior Department report on the BP oil spill that falsely implied that a group of independent experts had endorsed a political decision to temporarily halt all deepwater oil drilling. The senators, members of the Environment and Public Works Committee, called for hearings into the matter, contending that the White House had manipulated science for political ends, a claim Democrats frequently made about the George W. Bush administration. The Interior Department’s inspector general issued a report this week asserting that officials in the office of Carol...
  • Russia's Gazprom plunges into Cuba's offshore oil business

    Havana, Cuba (CNN) -- Russian energy firm Gazprom has joined a growing list of foreign companies searching for oil off Cuba's coast. Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of Gazprom, announced in a news release that it had bought a 30 percent stake in four offshore oil exploration blocks from Malaysia's state-owned oil company Petronas. No financial details were provided. The Cuban government says it has up to 20 billion barrels of oil in its portion of the oil-rich Gulf of Mexico, but the U.S. Geological Survey has estimated a smaller 4.6 billion barrels. Cuba has divided its share of the...
  • The White House vs. science

    11/13/2010 2:14:12 AM PST · by Scanian · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 13, 2010 | Editorial
    Congressional Republicans say a whole lot of questions "need to be an swered" about an inspector general's report detailing how the White House altered a scientific paper that it used to justify a controversial drilling moratorium after the BP oil spill last spring. They're right. Almost from the moment the report was first made public, most of the scientists involved said it had been deceitfully edited to make it look like they'd endorsed the ban, which Gulf-state elected officials immediately denounced as a job-killer. Now the Interior Department's inspector general, Mary Kendall, has determined that those allegations are correct --...
  • Energy policy will change under GOP House [Dr. Daniel Fine]

    11/11/2010 1:55:21 AM PST · by Sanhedran67 · 19 replies
    Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | 11/08/10 | Daniel Fine
    advertisement With the Republican Party's newly won control of the House of Representatives, national energy policy could be rolled back to 2005, with all legislative advances under a Democratic Party majority at risk. Republicans could adopt a dual-track strategy that attacks energy regulation through budget reductions of the Environmental Protection Agency that de-fund efforts to impose carbon emissions on industrial infrastructure, at a minimum coal-burning utilities and the gas and oil complex of extraction and refining.
  • Report: White House altered drilling ban report

    11/10/2010 7:46:15 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 52 replies ^ | Wednesday, November 10, 2010; 9:07 AM | DINA CAPPIELLO
    WASHINGTON -- An inspector general says the White House edited a report about the administration's moratorium on offshore oil drilling to make it appear that scientists and experts supported the idea of a six-month ban on new drilling.
  • Salazar says his post in Obama's cabinet safe after BP spill

    10/22/2010 12:59:24 PM PDT · by epithermal · 4 replies
    Bloomberg News Service ^ | 10/22/2010 | Jim Efstathiou Jr.
    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, once criticized by President Barack Obama for taking too long to toughen regulation of offshore oil and natural-gas drilling, said he expects to keep his job after the mid-term elections. "I absolutely believe that I will stay on," Salazar said today in a phone interview. "The president and I talk about what I do here at Interior. I think he's pleased with the work I've done. He's told me so." Salazar's performance drew criticism in the months after a BP well blew out in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, setting off the worst U.S....
  • Gulf corals in oil spill zone appear healthy

    10/22/2010 7:16:12 AM PDT · by tellw · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 10/22/10 | BRIAN SKOLOFF
    ON THE FLOOR OF THE GULF OF MEXICO -- On the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, just 20 miles north of BP's blown-out well, life appears bountiful despite initial fears that crude could have wiped out many of these delicate deepwater habitats. Scientists are currently in the early stages of studying what effects, if any, BP ( BP - news - people )'s oil spill in April had on the habitats of plankton, fish, crabs and corals. So far, it appears they dodged a bullet - at least in this area. Researchers have not found any immediate damage, but...
  • U.S. Ends Deep-Water Drilling Ban

    10/12/2010 10:36:00 AM PDT · by epithermal · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | OCTOBER 12, 2010 | Stephen Power
    WASHINGTON—The Obama administration said Tuesday it will end a controversial moratorium on deep-water oil drilling, but it's unclear how quickly idled oil rigs can go back to work in the Gulf of Mexico. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, in a statement, said drilling in waters deeper than 500 feet can resume, so long as rig operators can demonstrate they comply with new safety regulations imposed since the April 20 Deepwater Horizon oil-rig explosion that began the three-month Gulf oil spill.
  • Drill, North Dakota, Drill

    10/11/2010 5:16:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 11, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Recovery: While states like Nevada wallow in recession, tiny North Dakota becomes the first state rated as expanding by a leading service. Could it be the state's burgeoning energy industry? The recession — induced by Democrats and activists meddling in the housing market through the Community Reinvestment Act and then whistling past the bad-loan graveyard of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — officially ended in June 2009, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. For much of the country, mired in a jobless recovery with job losses so great and prospects so bleak that it will take decades just...