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  • Fact over Fiction on Atlantic Offshore Energy

    04/10/2016 7:56:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin ^ | April 10, 2016 | David Holt
    resident Obama said last year that he would rather the U.S. “with all the safeguards and standards that we have, be producing our oil and gas, rather than importing it, which is bad for our people” and “potentially purchased from places that have much lower environmental standards than we do.” Except, it now seems, in resource-rich federal waters in the Atlantic Ocean. The administration backpedaled on its promise to implement an all-of-the-above energy approach by deciding not to consider potential future oil and gas leasing at least 50 miles off the southeastern U.S. coast through 2022, despite the lease sale...
  • AP: Offshore wells buried during Hurricane Ivan have been leaking oil into the Gulf since 2004

    04/17/2015 5:19:20 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 16, 2015 | Associated Press
    Full title: AP: Offshore wells buried during Hurricane Ivan have been leaking oil into the Gulf since 2004 Down to just one full-time employee, Taylor Energy Company exists for only one reason: to fight an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that has gone largely unnoticed, despite creating miles-long slicks for more than a decade. The New Orleans-based company has downplayed the leak’s environmental impact, likening it to scores of minor spills and natural seeps that the Gulf routinely absorbs. But an Associated Press investigation has revealed evidence that the spill is far worse than what Taylor — or...
  • Seadrill And Transocean: Complete Fleet Analysis Comparison And Commentary

    06/09/2014 11:01:43 AM PDT · by shove_it · 6 replies
    SeekingAlpha ^ | 9 Jun 2014 | Fun Trading
    Summary Transocean Limited and Seadrill Limited are two top-tier offshore drillers that together control a total of nearly 15% of the rigs contracted worldwide. A comparative detailed analysis of their fleet is showing their major differences and their obvious strengths and weaknesses. The day rate bifurcation between the new generation and the older rig types is showing clearly which strategy will offer them a strong future growth. Introduction. Seadrill Limited (SDRL) and Transocean Limited (RIG) are two top-tier offshore drilling companies that are very popular among investors. There are a few others, and we should mention also Noble (NE), Ensco...
  • 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...
  • Virgina: Energy Capital of East Coast?

    01/08/2013 11:22:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | January 8, 2013 | Marita Noon
    With a flood of new federal regulations hitting everything from healthcare, energy, food safety, and bird protection, it is encouraging to know that some states can still think for themselves. In Virginia, Governor Bob McDonnell declared that he was going to make Virginia the Energy Capital of the East Coast—after all Virginia is blessed with abundant resources such as coal, offshore oil and one of the largest uranium deposits in the world. His plans have been thwarted by the federal government. The EPA is regulating coal mining out of existence. Federal restrictions have prevented Virginia from being able to access...
  • Exxon Mobil proceeds with $14 billion Canada oil field

    01/05/2013 6:16:59 AM PST · by shove_it · 9 replies
    Yahoo via Reuters ^ | 4 Jan 2013 | Jeffrey Jones
    CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp said on Friday it is moving ahead with the next major oil project in the North Atlantic, the $14 billion Hebron development off the Newfoundland coast, boosting its already-large investments in Canada's most oil-rich regions. Exxon Mobil, the biggest U.S. oil major, said it will produce 150,000 barrels of oil a day at Hebron using a massive concrete gravity-base structure like the one employed at the nearby Hibernia project, which has been operating in the iceberg-prone region since the late 1990s. First production of the project's heavy crude is scheduled for 2017.
  • Kerry Has Investments in Companies Accused of Violating Iran Sanctions

    12/21/2012 10:50:39 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 22 replies
    Kerry Has Investments in Companies Accused of Violating Iran Sanctions Daniel Halper December 21, 2012 12:59 PM John Kerry, who will be nominated later today to be the next secretary of state, is the richest member of the U.S. Senate. His estimated net worth is, at minimum, $198.65 million, according to disclosure forms. Kerry's disclosure forms also reveal that he has invested in companies accused of doing business with Iran. One of the companies Kerry is invested in is called Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (Petrobras), it's a Brazilian-based oil and gas corporation. Disclosure forms reveal that Kerry has between $150,000...
  • 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...
  • Energy Department sneaks offshore moratorium past public

    07/10/2012 11:40:19 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 39 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 9, 2012 | Thomas J. Pyle
    While the Obama administration was taking a victory lap last week after the 5-4 Supreme Court decision to uphold the president’s signature legislative accomplishment, Obamacare, the Interior Department was using the media black hole to release a much-awaited five-year plan for offshore drilling. That plan reinstitutes a 30-year moratorium on offshore energy exploration that will keep our most promising resources locked away until long after President Obama begins plans for his presidential library. (snip) In the past three years, the government has collected more than 250 times less revenue from offshore lease sales than it did during the last year...
  • Nice Try: Obama Released Restrictive New Energy Plan Under Cover of SCOTUS, Holder Contempt

    07/02/2012 5:17:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | July 2, 2012 | Kate Hicks
    File this one under While You Were Out: the Obama Administration unveiled its new five-year energy plan on Thursday, when the rest of us were conveniently preoccupied with SCOTUS and the Holder contempt vote. Real smooth. Of course, it's pretty clear why they wanted this to fly under the radar: as Hot Air's Erika Johnsen noted on Saturday, the plan is just not good. She points out that it opens up a miniscule percentage of our offshore resources, but not nearly enough to make a dent in our energy use, and what's more, by constraining the number of jobs that...
  • IG investigator says White House hindered probe of oil spill report

    05/08/2012 10:45:18 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 10 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 5/8/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    An investigator for the Interior Department’s Inspector General claims the White House hindered an investigation into a report on the BP oil spill by blocking access to a key official and email records, the New Orleans Times-Picayune is reporting. The investigator was trying to determine whether the White House intentionally edited the report to create the false impression that outside experts supported the administration's call for a moratorium on offshore drilling. The White House had said the editing was a mistake, and the Inspector General’s final report concluded it was. But the investigator, in a series of emails obtained by...
  • Obama Kills Atlantic Offshore Drilling For Five Years

    03/30/2012 1:27:16 PM PDT · by trappedincanuckistan · 87 replies
    Big Government ^ | March 30, 2012 | John Sexton
    Yesterday the Obama administration announced a delaying tactic which will put off the possibility of new offshore oil drilling on the Atlantic coast for at least five years: The announcement by the Interior Department sets into motion what will be at least a five year environmental survey to determine whether and where oil production might occur.
  • Obama Kills Atlantic Offshore Drilling For Five Years

    03/30/2012 10:12:48 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/30/12 | John Sexton
    Yesterday the Obama administration announced a delaying tactic which will put off the possibility of new offshore oil drilling on the Atlantic coast for at least five years: The announcement by the Interior Department sets into motion what will be at least a five year environmental survey to determine whether and where oil production might occur. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell notes that a planned lease sale, which the administration cancelled last year, will now be put off until at least 2018. As you might expect, Republicans were not impressed with the decision: "The president's actions have closed an entire new...
  • Oil-Rich America? (Yes, If Democrats will allow it)

    12/08/2011 7:02:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies · 4+ views
    National Review ^ | 12/08/2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    There is a revolution going on in America. But it is not part of the Tea Party or the loud Occupy Wall Street protests. Instead, massive new reserves of gas, oil, and coal are being discovered almost everywhere in the United States, due to revolutionary methods of exploration and exploitation such as fracking and horizontal drilling. Current prices of over $100 a barrel make even complex efforts at recovery enormously profitable. There were always known to be additional untapped reserves of oil and gas in the petroleum-rich Gulf of Mexico, off America’s shores, and in the American West and Alaska....
  • Obama’s Offshore Ban: Good for Rallying Democrat Base, Bad for the Unemployed Worker

    11/18/2011 10:35:10 AM PST · by 92nina · 8 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-11-18 | Christopher Prandoni and Marshall Bornemann
    First it was Keystone, now it’s coast-to-coast. Scared to affront his base in an election year, Obama has imposed a five-year drilling ban on a majority of offshore areas. This is particularly disappointing given America’s persistent unemployment. Unfortunately, this comes as no surprise. Obama’s recent decision to punt on Keystone may have effectively killed the project, and the thousands of jobs needed to complete the pipeline. Like Keystone, the Department of Interior’s five year lease plan leaves hundreds of thousands of jobs on the table. The Institute for Energy Research’s Dan Simmons points out a few facts about offshore oil...
  • Adam Hasner's changed position on offshore drilling

    10/11/2011 6:27:43 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 4 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | October 11, 2011 | Jack Furnari
    In campaign appearances, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Adam Hasner has repeatedly said he supports oil drilling off Florida's shores, and that he opposed then-Gov. Charlie Crist's attempt to impose an offshore drilling moratorium. In a speech before the Palm Beach County Tea Party's Boca Raton chapter on Oct. 4, Hasner adamantly asserted, "We rejected Charlie Crist's plan to block offshore drilling off of the coast of Florida." The implication in the statement, which you can watch Hasner make in the video posted below, is that he has always supported drilling off the coast of Florida, and that just isn't true.
  • Exxon, U.S. Government Duel Over Huge Oil Find

    08/18/2011 3:20:31 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/18/11 | R Gold
    Exxon Mobil Corp. is fighting with the U.S. government to keep control of one of its biggest oil discoveries ever, in a showdown where billions of dollars hang in the balance for both sides. The massive Gulf of Mexico discovery contains an estimated one billion barrels of recoverable oil, the company says. The Interior Department, which regulates offshore drilling, says Exxon's leases have expired and the company hasn't met the requirements for an extension. Exxon has sued to retain the leases. The court battle is playing out at a time in
  • Webb, Warner push to start offshore [Virginia] oil and gas exploration

    07/07/2011 6:18:16 PM PDT · by GunMage · 18 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | July 7, 2011 | Bill Bartel
    U.S. Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner introduced legislation Wednesday that would speed up the timetable for natural gas and oil exploration off Virginia's coast and expand the state's share of offshore territory. The bill also would require that half of future government revenues from offshore drilling be allocated directly to the state government or spent by federal officials on conservation efforts, transportation improvements and alternative energy projects in Virginia. The two Democrats' proposal goes further in seeking a larger share for Virginia from offshore resources than a House measure co-sponsored by two Hampton Roads congressmen. However, the plan will...
  • Thousands join hands on the sands of Florida's beaches(Protest offshore drilling)

    06/26/2011 5:12:12 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 69 replies ^ | June 25, 2011 | Wayne K. Roustan
    LAKE WORTH Upwards of 5,000 people joined hands across Florida beaches at noon Saturday to protest offshore oil drilling and promote clean energy. The state's annual 'Hands Across the Sand' event coincided with similar gatherings around the country to raise awareness about the dangers of offshore drilling and to call on elected leaders to end America's dependence on oil. At least 100 people linked up at each of more than 50 locations around the state. Ana Campos of the Clean Energy Coalition of South Florida co-organized the event on Fort Lauderdale's beach and was thrilled by the large turnout. "We...
  • The Administration's Big Oil Lie

    05/13/2011 4:11:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 13, 2011 | Staff
    Energy: As the House passes a bill to open up offshore drilling, the Senate holds another show trial of oil executives showing why people blame them, not the administration, for high gas prices. Last week they fought back. Summoned for what Sen. Orrin Hatch labeled a dog-and-pony show, executives of Exxon Mobil, Shell, ConocoPhillips, BP America and Chevron appeared before the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday and, in often-heated exchanges, indicated their days as whipping boys are over. The hearing was called ostensibly to support the Democrats' Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act, a bill with no chance of passage....
  • International group agrees to set offshore drilling standards for oil and gas exploration

    04/16/2011 10:11:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | April 15, 2011
    Drilling regulators from a dozen countries on Thursday agreed to take steps toward uniform standards for oil and gas exploration in oceans around the world. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar suggested the idea ... Representatives from the European Union, the United States and 11 other countries, including the Russian Federation, Brazil and ... One notable absence in the planned collaboration and at Thursday's summit is Cuba, which expects five wells to be drilled off its coast in the next two years. Salazar said the United States was concerned about the potential drilling 60 miles off the coast of Florida, within...
  • More Drilling in U.S. is ‘A Problem, Not A Solution’ to Creating Jobs, Says Democrat Member...

    03/18/2011 10:09:57 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    CNSNews ^ | March 18, 2011 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Complete title: More Drilling in U.S. is ‘A Problem, Not A Solution’ to Creating Jobs, Says Democrat Member of House Labor Subcommittee ( -- Rep. Rob Andrews (D-N.J.) said that increasing oil drilling “off the coast” is “a problem, not a solution” to creating jobs in the United States. Andrews recommended that House Republicans bring legislation to the floor if they think more drilling will create jobs. VIDEO 2:25 minutes Appearing at a press conference with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) on job creation, Rep. Andrews said, “I agree with my colleague and friend that drilling for oil off the...
  • Drilling Here, Drilling Now: It’s Just Common Sense

    03/05/2011 7:22:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 5, 2011 | AWR Hawkins
    We are living lives of self-imposed impoverishment. it will reach $130bbl, there is little reason to expect gasoline prices to do anything other than climb higher in the near future.One of the problems we face right now is the uncertainty in Libya, an OPEC nation that has cut its normal daily output of 1.6 million barrels of oil per day (bpd) to just over 700,000, amid the political tensions surrounding Muammar Gaddafi. What this means for humanity as a whole is that there is now less oil on the worldÂ’s market to meet the demand around the globe. What this...
  • Salazar: Won't Bow to Political Pressure to Restart Gulf Deepwater Drilling

    02/26/2011 6:33:18 AM PST · by thackney · 65 replies
    Dow Jones Newswires via Rig Zone ^ | February 25, 2011 | Ryan Dezember
    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said that U.S. regulators would not bow to political pressure to restart deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico before they are certain the oil-and-gas industry is capable of containing an oil spill like the one that followed last BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster. Salazar and Michael Bromwich--the head of the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, which oversees offshore drilling--were in Houston Friday to meet with oil industry executives to assess the spill-containment systems they have developed in the wake of nation's worst-ever marine oil spill. Bromwich said he was "quite confident that...
  • Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours

    12/27/2010 12:42:39 AM PST · by brityank · 63 replies · 16+ views
    New York Times ^ | 25 December, 2010 | DAVID BARSTOW, DAVID ROHDE and STEPHANIE SAUL
    <p>The worst of the explosions gutted the Deepwater Horizon stem to stern.</p> <p>Crew members were cut down by shrapnel, hurled across rooms and buried under smoking wreckage. Some were swallowed by fireballs that raced through the oil rig’s shattered interior. Dazed and battered survivors, half-naked and dripping in highly combustible gas, crawled inch by inch in pitch darkness, willing themselves to the lifeboat deck.</p>
  • Marine pollution expert blasts Obama administration drilling ban

    12/14/2010 6:10:57 PM PST · by ColdOne · 5 replies ^ | 12/14/10 | Mark Hemingway
    Hmm: The Obama administration's decision to maintain a ban on oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts is a mistake, according to a University of Illinois expert who wrote a six-volume book series on marine pollution. "It's a ridiculous decision on the part of the Interior Department," said John W. Kindt, a professor of business and legal policy at Illinois. "The previous 180-day moratorium really hurt a lot of businesses. Well, a seven-year ban is going to sting even more."
  • Rasmussen survey shows 60% support offshore oil drilling (54% expect gas prices to increase)

    12/06/2010 11:58:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 12/06/2010 | Ed Morrissey
    Last week’s reversal on offshore oil drilling by Barack Obama didn’t go over well with likely US voters, according to a new Rasmussen survey. Sixty percent support offshore drilling in principle, and 48% oppose the ban directly, with only 35% supporting Obama’s reversal. A majority expect economic damage and higher fuel prices as a result: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the new seven-year ban will increase gas prices, while just 11% think it will make gas prices go down. Twenty-five percent (25%) expect the ban to have no impact on...
  • UPDATED: Democrat Warner opposes Obama's Va. coastal drilling ban

    12/01/2010 7:57:34 PM PST · by pillut48 · 10 replies · 2+ views
    WAPO ^ | 12.1.10 | Anita Kumar
    Democratic Sen. Mark Warner said Wednesday that he agrees with Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) in opposing President Obama's decision to restrict oil and gas drilling off the coast of Virginia for the next seven years. "Mid-Atlantic coastal oil and gas production does not represent a 'silver bullet' solution to our energy challenges, and while it is appropriate to take the time to incorporate lessons learned from the Gulf disaster, Senator Warner sees no reason to delay this process for what realistically could be another seven years or more,'' Warner spokesman Kevin Hall said. McDonnell is calling for the White House...
  • An American Solution for Energy Independence

    11/23/2010 9:43:05 AM PST · by kingattax · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11-22-10 | Bobby Jindal
    In the wake of Republicans’ takeover of the House, many pundits are convinced that the federal government will be at a stalemate for the next two years, unable to get anything done. I believe we can—and should—do better. One area where I believe we can make significant strides with common sense solutions is in energy. As governor of one of America’s largest oil producing states, you could reasonably assume that I’m a proponent of fossil fuels. Guilty as charged—and the 2010 oil spill off the Louisiana coast, awful as it is, hasn’t changed that. But what may surprise you is...
  • 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.
  • Interior official says rebound from drilling moratorium will be slow

    09/28/2010 10:14:12 AM PDT · by Qbert · 14 replies ^ | 9/28/2010 | Olga Belogolova
    Very few offshore oil and natural gas drilling rigs will actually resume activity within the first month the deepwater drilling moratorium is lifted in the Gulf of Mexico, a top Interior Department official said Monday. "Even when the moratorium is lifted, you won't see drilling going on the next day or even the next week," Michael Bromwich, head of the Interior Department's new Bureau of Ocean Management, Regulation, and Enforcement said during testimony in front of the Oil Spill Commission on Monday. He said it would be difficult for the oil and gas industry to comply with new safety requirements,...
  • US House puts oceans, coasts under UN: Senate vote will seal the deal

    09/23/2010 8:24:21 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 141 replies ^ | 9-22-2010 | Carmen Reynolds, Paul McKain and Karen Schoen
    Piece by piece, America being given away “It’s too late; it’ll just have to be stopped in the Senate,” Tom, the young male answering the phone in U.S. Rep. John Boehner’s (R-Ohio)Washington D.C. office, said about HR 3534 (CLEAR Act). This is the globalist bill designed to give away our land, oceans, adjacent land masses and Great Lakes to an international body, and makes us pay $900 million per year until 2040. HR 3534 is a thinly disguised permanent roadblock to American energy which drives American companies out of the Gulf, delays future drilling, increases dependency on foreign oil, implements...
  • Melting sea ice forces walruses ashore in Alaska

    09/14/2010 10:30:57 AM PDT · by Abathar · 55 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | Mon Sep 13, 2010 | Seth Borenstein
    WASHINGTON – Tens of thousands of walruses have come ashore in northwest Alaska because the sea ice they normally rest on has melted. Federal scientists say this massive move to shore by walruses is unusual in the United States. But it has happened at least twice before, in 2007 and 2009. In those years Arctic sea ice also was at or near record low levels. The population of walruses stretches "for one mile or more. This is just packed shoulder-to-shoulder," U.S. Geological Survey biologist Anthony Fischbach said in a telephone interview from Alaska. He estimated their number at tens of...
  • U.S. Loaning Mexico $1B for Gulf Drilling

    09/13/2010 9:40:12 AM PDT · by ChrisBoundsTX · 11 replies · 2+ views
    Liberty Juice ^ | 09/13/2010 | Chris Bounds
    President Obama has a drilling moratorium preventing U.S. companies from deepwater drilling. At the same time the U.S. is loaning money to PEMEX, the Mexican state owned oil company, to help boost its drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. From Fox News: "Despite President Obama's moratorium on U.S. deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Export-Import Bank intends to guarantee $1 billion in loans to PEMEX, the Mexican state oil company, to bolster the company's oil drilling in the region." "The bank, which is the official American export credit agency, loaned more than $1 billion to PEMEX in...
  • U.S. Govt says no leaking oil at Mariner platform

    09/04/2010 12:18:11 PM PDT · by socialism_stinX · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/3/10 | Bruce Nichols
    HOUSTON, Sept 3 (Reuters) - U.S. government inspectors found no leaking oil at Mariner Energy Inc's burned platform in the Gulf of Mexico, officials said late on Friday, allaying fears about more environmental damage after BP's massive spill. "Inspectors have reported no sign of pollution," the Interior Department said after government experts checked out the platform for several hours on Friday. The inspectors confirmed that the safety valves were shut going to the platform's oil and natural wells, pipelines were closed and the platform's tanks and pumps "are secure," the department said.
  • Obama is hell bent on destroying America's energy production

    While most people have spent the last few days focused on the Ground Zero Mosque, the Obama administration has taken dramatic steps to further damage America’s energy production. In a report released Monday, the administration announced that all offshore drilling permits will now be subject to an environmental review and puts and an end to the 30 day decision process set forth in the National Environmental Policy Act. At first glance you would think that this is a logical decision in the wake of the BP oil spill. However, the report states that between 1971 and 1995 there have been...
  • Texas sues to block latest drilling ban

    08/12/2010 9:46:10 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | August 12, 2010 | TOM FOWLER and MONICA HATCHER
    The state of Texas filed suit Wednesday challenging the federal ban on offshore drilling, saying it violates a law requiring officials to consult with the states on such matters first. The Obama administration imposed a six-month moratorium on new deep-water drilling permits in May, in reaction to the massive oil spill that followed the April 20 blowout of a BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. A federal judge in New Orleans blocked the ban after a number of energy companies filed suit challenging it. On July 12, the Interior Department replaced the May ban with a new one...
  • Pelosi Blocks Oil Spill Investigation

    07/29/2010 1:30:55 PM PDT · by Qbert · 33 replies · 12+ views
    Human Events ^ | 7/28/2010 | Connie Hair
    The latest version of the CLEAR Act is slated for a floor vote in the House this week as Democrats look for ways to use the Gulf oil spill as a means to pass elements of their unpopular energy agenda. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stripped out authorization for an independent investigation into the Gulf disaster.  The Natural Resources Committee unanimously passed the amendment in committee markup July 14 offered by Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) that would establish a bipartisan, independent, National Commission on Outer Continental Shelf Oil Spill Prevention. Unlike the commission set up by President Obama -- packed only with...
  • Inspector General investigating false Department of Interior report on drilling ban

    07/25/2010 7:27:10 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7-25-10 | Mark Hemingway
    In response to a request from Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee, the Department of Interior's acting Inspector General, Mary Kendall, announced she is opening an investigation into whether a Department of Interior report recommending an offshore drilling ban was manipulated to appear as if the ban was endorsed by seven experts from the National Academy of Engineers. The report endorsed a six-month ban on deepwater drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf, and explicitly stated "the recommendations contained in this report have been peer-reviewed by seven experts identified by the National Academy of Engineering." The National Academy of Engineers...
  • Above The Law-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar disregards the rule of law

    07/19/2010 4:46:42 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 7-19-10 | Rich Trzupek
    America’s growing antipathy to the Obama administration and its liberal policies continues to befuddle the progressive rank and file. The inherent goodness of the new nanny-state that the president is creating is so readily apparent to liberals that they are sure that the ever swelling surge of anger directed toward big government must be about something more sinister; latent racism, corporate conspiracies and Fox News are the most popular villains. Progressives don’t appear able to comprehend that conservatives and a growing number of independents aren’t just upset about what is being done, it’s the how it’s being done part that...
  • Offshore Drilling and Our Future vs Charlie Crist

    07/18/2010 3:16:39 AM PDT · by Leah at A Better Florida · 13 replies · 2+ views
    American Daily Review ^ | 07/18/10 | Yomin Postelnik
    Charlie Crist has called for a special session to ban offshore drilling. Many right thinking people see this pure politicization of an issue that should be handled with common sense, but are loathe to speak out for fear of a public backlash. Leadership is now needed on a key economic and security issue. It is the job of our state leaders to educate the public, not to kowtow to prevailing, but harmful, doctrines. Taking a correct stand on this issue makes political sense too. We will not win seats by ignoring the issue and allowing Charlie Crist and the rest...
  • Drilling industry: Deep water rigs 'virtually gone' by November

    07/16/2010 8:32:17 AM PDT · by Qbert · 23 replies ^ | 7/14/2010 | David Blake
    Industry experts say the latest deep water drilling moratorium issued by the White House has only fanned the flames of discontent by oil companies working in the Gulf. One analyst says there are new predictions on how fast the rigs might be pulling out and leaving the Gulf. Brian Petty with the International Association of Drilling Contractors says we should have a good idea of just how many rigs will be lost by Labor Day. According to Petty, the new so-called "softer" moratorium is actually harder on the industry than the first one
  • Energy Needs Left High And Dry

    07/15/2010 5:40:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 2+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 15, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Energy Policy: As the job-killing deepwater drilling ban continues offshore, our interior secretary defends an onshore ban imposed in Utah. If we could drill in places like that, maybe oil wouldn't be gushing a mile under the Gulf of Mexico. The 64-million-gallon question in the Gulf oil spill is why we were drilling 5,000 feet down in the first place. The administration line, as expressed by the president in his recent Oval Office speech, is that oil resources on land and just offshore are running out. The falsity of that claim can be seen in the battle over 77 oil...
  • Interior's Salazar issues New Second Moratorium on Offshore Drilling

    07/14/2010 2:43:41 PM PDT · by Comrade Brother Abu Bubba · 13 replies
    Drilling Club Bulletin Board ^ | July 14, 2010 | Leonard (Administrator)
    Ken Salazar on Monday directed the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) to issue new suspensions of deepwater drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), including the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific regions through Nov. 30 of this year. The new drilling suspensions marks Salazar and BOEM's second effort to suspend deepwater drilling operations in the U.S. Gulf in response to the BP oil spill. The first moratorium, issued in late May, was lifted by a district judge on June 22; a panel of federal district judges refused BOEM's appeal to reverse the lower court's decision. The...
  • It Begins… First Oil Rig Relocates From Gulf to Foreign Waters

    07/11/2010 9:07:10 AM PDT · by opentalk · 25 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 10, 2010 | Jim Hoft
    Diamond Offshore announced on Friday that it will be the first company to relocate one of its oil rigs from the Gulf of Mexico to Egyptian waters due to the Obama Administration’s ban on drilling. reported: Diamond Offshore announced Friday that its Ocean Endeavor drilling rig will leave the Gulf of Mexico and move to Egyptian waters immediately — making it the first to abandon the United States in the wake of the BP oil spill and a ban on deep-water drilling. And the Ocean Endeavor’s exodus probably won’t be the last, according to oil industry officials and Gulf...
  • BP Has Built an Artificial Island to get around Offshore Drilling Ban in Alaska

    06/24/2010 8:54:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 06/24/2010 | Gus Lubin
    The offshore drilling moratorium that is falling apart in court already contains one major loophole -- and there's little surprise which company is threading the needle. BP plans to begin drilling two miles under the sea just miles away from a delicate wildlife reserve in Alaska. The company will get around the deep-water moratorium by constructing an artificial island -- 31 acres of gravel -- and registering as an onshore rig. Not exactly the safest operation, reports Rolling Stone: "Here's what BP has in store for the Arctic: First, the company will drill two miles beneath its tiny island, which...
  • Salazar's Ban Is Soros' Bonanza

    06/23/2010 4:22:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 23, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Energy Policy: Our interior secretary plans to reinstate the offshore drilling moratorium struck down by a federal judge. But if deep-water drilling is so unsafe, why are we helping Brazil drill nearly three times as deep? Maybe Secretary Ken Salazar can explain why Britain and others can safely drill in the North Sea and no other nation has suspended its offshore drilling. Yet there he was Tuesday saying he'll reissue a reworded moratorium that will make it clear to dunces like U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman why offshore drilling is unsafe. As with health care reform and other issues, the...
  • U.S. public still backs offshore drilling

    06/22/2010 2:48:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/22/10 | John Whitesides
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A majority of Americans still support offshore drilling on the U.S. coastline despite the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday. The poll also found 89 percent of the U.S. public blame British energy giant BP Plc for the spill, the worst in U.S. history, and 69 percent think the U.S. government is also at fault. About three-quarters of the public believe neither BP nor the government responded quickly enough to the environmental disaster, which threatens wildlife, fertile fishing grounds and popular tourist beaches along the U.S. Gulf...
  • Judge Blocks Offshore Drilling Ban

    06/22/2010 11:19:11 AM PDT · by Justaham · 28 replies
    <p>A judge blocked the six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling imposed by the Obama administration after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a ruling the White House immediately said it would appeal.</p> <p>Several companies that ferry people and supplies and provide other services to offshore drilling rigs had asked U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman in New Orleans to overturn the moratorium.</p>