Administration Fracking Rules Don’t Require Disclosure of Chemicals Until After Drilling

By: Monday May 7, 2012 11:00 am

This is a couple days old, but it’s pretty remarkable, so let’s have at it. The Obama Administration has been threatening for weeks to issue “tough” guidelines on hydraulic fracturing, the first federal regulations on the practice. They always paired this with an invocation of support for the “safe and responsible production of domestic natural [...]

Bombshell: 2008 Shell Nigeria Oil Spill 60 Times Size Originally Claimed

By: Monday April 23, 2012 5:23 pm

Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) dropped a bombshell today. The two NGOs unveiled documents pertaining to the Royal Dutch Shell Oil 2008 Bodo oil pipeline spill that showed that 60 times the amount of oil Shell had originally reported spilling have actually spilled in the ravaged Niger Delta coastal town with [...]

US Cites BP, Two Contractors in Deepwater Horizon Disaster

By: Thursday October 13, 2011 12:15 pm

The first formal citations and fines have started to roll out for the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, 18 months after the explosion that started it all. The Interior Department handed out citations to BP and some of its contractors: The citations, which could lead to millions of dollars in fines, arose from an investigation of [...]

Interior Secretary Assures Alaska on Drilling Permits

By: Tuesday August 9, 2011 8:55 am

The President announced the first fuel economy standard for heavy duty trucks today, which the Administration claims will reduce oil consumption by 530 million barrels and greenhouse gas emissions by 270 million metric tons. It will also save businesses which use and operate commercial vehicles $50 billion in fuel costs. The standards would kick in [...]

Oil Spill Commission Recommendations Already Coming On Line

By: Friday January 14, 2011 12:15 pm

I mentioned back on Wednesday that the White House was considering the enactment of some of the recommendations of the Oil Spill Commission by executive order. Looks like they’re moving forward on that immediately. The Obama administration has announced the creation of an agency to focus exclusively on safety in offshore drilling and production, part [...]

House Republicans Cool to Oil Spill Commission Recommendations; Obama Considering Executive Action

By: Wednesday January 12, 2011 8:14 am

Robert Menendez plans to reintroduce his bill, the Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act, that would lift the $75 million liability cap on oil company damages in the event of oil spills. “The commission is clear: Not only are more spills of this magnitude entirely possible, but taxpayers and coastal communities remain financially exposed,” said Menendez [...]

Oil Spill Commission Releases Report, Recommendations

By: Tuesday January 11, 2011 9:28 am

The Presidential Oil Spill Commission has released their final report on the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The essential conclusion, if you don’t have the time to read the whole 396-page report, was this: The blowout was not the product of a series of aberrational decisions made by rogue industry or government officials [...]

Interior IG Reveals Editing of Report to Insinuate Independent Support for Deepwater Drilling Ban

By: Wednesday November 10, 2010 1:07 pm

The inspector general for the Interior Department alleges that the White House edited a report to make it look like independent scientists and engineers supported the Administration’s moratorium on deepwater oil drilling. In the wee hours of the morning of May 27, a staff member to White House energy adviser Carol Browner sent two edited [...]

Administration Announces Offshore Drilling Rules, Stands Strong on Deepwater Moratorium

By: Thursday September 30, 2010 1:52 pm

Robert Gibbs, showing rare outrage at a ConservaDem member of Congress, described himself as sad and disappointed at Mary Landrieu’s hold on Jacob Lew for OMB Director (by the way, if it was so important to them, the White House could have demanded the Senate to take a cloture vote and break the filibuster). Interestingly, [...]

Oil Industry’s Designated Judge Martin Feldman Blocks Deepwater Drilling Moratorium Again

By: Thursday September 2, 2010 8:07 am

The story so far: the Obama Administration, in the wake of the BP oil disaster, set up a moratorium on deepwater offshore drilling. Offshore drillers sued them, and a federal judge in New Orleans blocked the moratorium. The Administration wrote a new moratorium to comply with the judge’s concerns. And now, the judge blocked that [...]

Can Anyone Make a Reliable Blowout Preventer?

By: Friday July 16, 2010 8:55 am

So BP has stopped the well from flowing oil into the Gulf. But by their own admission, the threat of the leaking well will not end until the relief wells get finished, and heavy drilling mud gets pumped through them to seal up the well permanently. But that becomes a more difficult task if the [...]

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