Monday, January 31, 2011

Oil Drilling News


Editorial - 

What Oil Spill?

"Mr. Reilly must have felt as if he had stepped through the looking glass. An old-school moderate Republican (and thus an endangered species), he has argued for environmental values at the wildlife fund, as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President George H. W. Bush and as a director of ConocoPhillips. Now he wants to make drilling safer — apostasy to these industry apologists. 

The co-chairmen received a more courtly reception in the Senate. Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat and an old friend of the oil companies, praised the commission for its balance and agreed that stronger regulation was in industry's best interests. Jeff Bingaman, a New Mexico Democrat, promised an oil spill bill to match the sound reforms proposed this week in the House. 

A similar bill passed the House last year. But this is a new House — one in which, sadly, antiregulatory fervor trumps even the most sensible responses to one of the nation's worst environmental disasters."

Spill report provides opportunity to make drilling safer

Commission faults agency, industry, in gulf spill


President was right to stop plans to drill in Florida

Cuba drilling sparks bills

Friday, January 28, 2011

Oil Drilling News


More research needed on oil dispersants: An editorial

Former Gov. Bob Graham discusses BP spill research and cleanup


Senator mulls law to punish firms drilling near Florida


Obama seeks new path to environmental goals

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Oil Drilling News


Are We Winning the Gulf Future?
"As the dust settles around President Obama's State of the Union, and the two Republican response speeches it inspired, I'm left a bit dazed.  How does the worst oil spill in U.S. history, which occurred just 9 months ago, fail to secure a mention? [...] Unfortunately, we're stuck in an ugly, messy situation in the Gulf.  The oil is still here, and still affecting our coast and communities.  We're staring at dying marsh, struggling families, and uncertain health impacts.  We're just starting down the long road to recovery.  I get it, the President wanted to stick to the bright and shining, 'winning the future' rhetoric, instead of scaring us with things like global warming, or the massive hit the Gulf ecosystem has taken from BP's crude.  But ignoring these problems certainly won't make them go away."


A push to quickly boost offshore drilling safety

Key House Republican's fix: drill for more oil

Alaska's senators push Arctic drilling at hearing


Administration Seeking Momentum for Clean Energy Standard

"President Obama and key members of the administration fanned the nation yesterday to promote his plans to expand clean energy initiatives, moving quickly to build momentum behind a key agenda item pitched to a national audience on Tuesday."

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Oil Drilling News


Apache May Need Relief Well to Seal Gas Leak in Gulf

Deep-Water Oil Drilling Stalemate Pits Explorers Against U.S. Regulators

Due Diligence for Offshore Drilling

US House cuts budget to 2008 levels, rig inspections could take hit

GOP lawmaker downplays drilling risks, compares to 'slipping on ice'

Democrats Offer Measure to Adopt Oil-Spill Panel Safety Proposal

Oil industry pans Obama's State of the Union address


Miss. still seeing tar balls from Gulf oil spill


West Coast senators push Pacific shore drilling ban


On the supply side, it's clear that the world is at or fast approaching "peak oil"where crude oil production can not rise due to finite economically recoverable reserves.  But on the demand side, look at the graph below.  If you're wondering why gas prices are going up (and will continue to go up), look no further.  More proof that increased offshore oil drilling is Not the Answer.


Volkswagen to debut XL1 PHEV prototype at Qatar Motor Show; fuel consumption of 0.9 L/100 km (261 mpg US)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Oil Drilling News


Environmentalists, oil industry seek mention of Gulf oil spill

"The American Petroleum Institute has made a major push to get Obama to mention the need for domestic oil, having lobbyists phone the White House and buying ads in big newspapers. 

"He has at his fingertips the ability to give the green light and we stand ready to assist," API President Jack Gerard said."  

Thanks, Jack, but I think you've 'assisted' enough already.

Transforming Deep-Sea Drilling

"Gone would be a system in which a small, underfunded, and poorly trained agency does double time—collecting industry-paid royalties while attempting to oversee industrial safety. In its place would be a new independent safety-only agency that uses risk-based regulations and more and better-trained inspectors to review and implement industry-developed, site-specific drilling management plans."


Virginia Beach council's vote on energy

"The council has been a diligent caretaker of the city's shorelines. It should take this opportunity to undo its vote on offshore drilling..."

Monday, January 24, 2011

Oil Drilling News


BP: 'An accident waiting to happen'

Lawmakers Gear Up to Drill Commission on Oil Spill Report's Findings


Battle Brews Over Interior Bid to Increase Regulatory Fees for Offshore Drilling Projects

"The proposal has drawn a hostile response from industry and Republican lawmakers who warn that raising fees could drive more operations overseas at a time when companies are already coping with new drilling regulations and a slowdown in permits."
Also see here.

'Drill, baby, drill' is not a long-term strategy, Oil Spill Commission leader says

"...former Florida governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, co-chair of the National Oil Spill Commission, said he fully expected supporters of a "drill, baby, drill" philosophy to be back in full throat soon. But, he cautioned, "If we were to adopt that and if the current estimates of reserves are accurate, we will drain the last drop of oil out of the United States in the year 2031." 

Underwater Tar Mats Off Escambia County (TV video report)
"Submerged oil has been confirmed in two areas off Escambia County...behind Eden Condominums on Perdido Key, and off Barrancas Beach inside Pensacola Pass. Those underwater tar mats are continuing to produce large tar balls and patties on the beaches nearby."


President Obama pressured to keep energy focus in SOTU address

Saudis to cut fossil fuel use

When the world's largest exporter of oil is talking about reducing fossil fuel use and increasing the use of nuclear and solar energy, it should give us all pause.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Oil Drilling News


Gulf Tides 10: Damages, Denial & Disappointment (video from Gulf Restoration Network)
Also check out their previous videos and other information here.


Oil Spill Conference Cancelled

Vern Buchanan Introduces Bill to Stop Cuban Offshore Drilling Near Florida

Thursday, January 20, 2011

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Feinberg acknowledges 'mistakes,' says fund will 'take another look' at denied oil spill claims

Interior Dept. unveils two agencies to oversee offshore drilling, safety

Fox News Falsely Suggests Off-Shore Drilling Would Prevent High Gas Prices


Energy Secretary faces new tests for agenda

Also read the other stories on this website.

GOP staff, energy lobby in closed-door talks

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Oil Drilling News


Sick Gulf Residents Beg Officials for Help

"...most of the 250 people at the meeting here focused on the health crisis that has exploded in the wake of the April 2010 disaster, leaving former BP clean-up workers and Gulf residents alike suffering from ailments they attribute to chemicals in BP's oil and the toxic dispersants used to sink it."

Crude Awakening

What veterinarians are learning about rescuing wildlife trapped in our oily messes

Obama administration to announce next steps in drilling oversight

U.S. splits up offshore regulators after oil disaster

New hydrocarbon release in the Gulf


Could BP's Offshore Permits Signal a Major Oil Spill for Australia?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Oil Drilling News


Gulf Coast Restoration Act Introduced in the House
On January 5, 2011, Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) introduced the "Gulf Coast Restoration Act" (H.R. 56), which would provide for restoration of the coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Specifically, the bill would establish a Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force. The Task Force Chair, to be appointed by the President, would be charged with reviewing and approving or disapproving State Coastal Ecosystem Restoration Plans submitted by the Governors that provide for the restoration of the Gulf Coast ecosystem. The bill would also require that at least 80 percent of the fines assessed to BP under the Clean Water Act be directed to Gulf States for the purpose of coastal and ecosystem restoration. The full text of the bill is available online at:

Oil spill panel gives lawmakers a get-tough safety guide

Independent oversight of offshore oil drilling urged

"The federal government needs a new independent watchdog to oversee offshore drilling, former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham told the Economic Club of Florida today."

Editorial: Another BP oil spill disaster must be avoided

"We'd submit this as Exhibit No. 1 in the argument against those who would continue to suggest that the industry ought to be allowed to regulate itself. If there was ever an activity that called out for considerable federal oversight, drilling for oil in public waters would have to be near the top of the list. And if there were those who had somehow thought otherwise in the past, the Gulf disaster ought to have quickly disabused them of that notion. For the small handful of folks who still didn't get the message - some of them Republicans in Congress - the blame-game response to the recent study should have sealed the deal. Sadly, it didn't, as there were some industry apologists who dismissed the report as needlessly intrusive. They must have really enjoyed the Gulf disaster, because doing nothing new will almost certainly ensure an encore somewhere soon enough."

Gulf oil spill creates economic boom for some, bust for others

"The main cities closest to the path of the oil spill, New Orleans and Mobile, benefited from a flurry of activity during the 100 days of intense national focus on capping BP's gushing well and on cleaning the spilled crude. 

But right across Mobile Bay, in Baldwin County's popular Orange Beach and Gulf Shores resorts, there were huge tourism losses. Orange Beach hotel and condominium occupancy was cut in half from 2009. Lodging revenues countywide were off by $58 million, according to Alabama's Coastal Recovery Commission."


Scott: No Offshore Drilling Off Florida's Coast Until It's Safe

"Neither of us wants any drilling until we are very comfortable that it is safe," Scott told reporters after the meeting. "We can't' afford the environmental damage or the economic damage for our state."


BP given permit to drill for oil off SA

Wait, let me get this straight -- the company responsible for the biggest environmental disaster in U.S. history has been given a permit that could lead to new deepwater drilling off the south coast of Australia -- and this is after Australia had its own offshore drilling disaster in 2009.  Understandably, there is negative reaction to this decision.  See below.

Backlash over BP permit in Australia

Friday, January 14, 2011

Oil Drilling News


Spill commission asks Obama to consider action on drilling

"Former Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.), the [oil spill] commission co-chairman, told The Hill that commission members made the case to Obama that the administration has the authority to begin instituting a number of important safety measures. 

Graham, who outlined items in the report that could be addressed through executive action, said Obama instructed his staff to "analyze" the areas in which the administration can move forward without action from Congress. 

"He asked his staff to analyze what those areas of executive action were and said that he would take those under his advisement as to which ones to move forward on," Graham said..."

Oil Spill Commission: Report meaningless unless implemented

Agency would focus exclusively on safety in offshore oil drilling, production

"The Obama administration has announced the creation of an agency to focus exclusively on safety in offshore drilling and production, part of an ongoing effort to overhaul lax oversight that investigators said contributed to last year's Gulf of Mexico oil spill. [...] 

Reforms last year divided the revenue arm of the agency from its leasing and oversight operations in the Interior Department. Now, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management drops its "regulation and enforcement," in title and in duty, and would focus on development of offshore energy resources. A newly created Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement would enforce health, safety and environmental regulations."

Bromwich: More emergency rules unlikely for drilling offshore

Drilling may not ever hit earlier levels

Regulator believes spill has lasting effect


Oil Spill Commission Says We Need to do More Research Before Drilling in Arctic Ocean


13 Japanese automakers and energy companies join forces to support rollout of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in 2015

Toyota sees Tesla EV battery cost at 1/3