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 [...]

White House Reverses Course, Will Ban Offshore Drilling in Eastern Gulf and Atlantic

By: Thursday December 2, 2010 6:23 am

The White House has reversed their position on offshore drilling, opting not to expand on exploration in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Coast, closing off millions of acres. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who made the announcement, said that the BP oil spill taught them the need to create a more robust regulatory [...]

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, [...]

Administration Plans to Actually Regulate Deepwater Drilling

By: Tuesday August 17, 2010 10:48 am

BP has still not completed the final stages of sealing the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to worries about an oncoming storm, “pressure fears” are now playing a role. When the relief well starts pumping drilling mud and cement into the enclosure, that will create pressure, according to incident commander Adm. [...]

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 [...]

New Moratorium Aside, Obama Wants to Eventually Sanction Deepwater Drilling

By: Tuesday July 13, 2010 9:58 am

Ken Salazar issued the new moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday. The six-month “pause” will give time for the new Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to implement new rules. The Interior Department believes the order will make it past the courts, unlike the previous moratorium. But this should not be seen [...]

New Drilling Moratorium Will Be Released Today

By: Monday July 12, 2010 1:07 pm

The AP reports that a new Obama Administration directive halting deepwater drilling projects in the Gulf of Mexico for six months will be released today, after a federal judge invalidated the last moratorium and a circuit court panel refused to stay that ruling. The new moratorium will seek to answer the questions raised by Judge [...]

Obama Administration Will Announce New Deepwater Drilling Moratorium

By: Saturday July 10, 2010 8:11 am

[Editor's note: BP removed the cap Saturday at 12:37 p.m. CDT.] Apparently how it goes is you can announce a moratorium, have the courts nullify it, and then go ahead and announce a new moratorium. I’m concerned about what that says about checks and balances, and where the line gets drawn. However, the stay on [...]

Containment Cap Off, Oil Gushing at Faster Rate Than Ever

By: Wednesday June 23, 2010 9:56 am

It’s time to start calling the “worst-case scenario” in the BP oil disaster “the scenario”. The Coast Guard says BP has been forced to remove a cap that was containing some of the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says an underwater robot bumped into the venting system. That [...]

62 Regulators, 4,000 Wells: MMS in the Gulf

By: Monday June 21, 2010 8:00 am

I don’t think there’s any doubt that the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig had a man-made cause. We have an eyewitness survivor of the blast now willing to say that the blowout preventer was leaking for weeks before the explosion, and BP and Transocean failed to repair the valve in response, merely shutting it [...]

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