Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Oil Drilling News


Tarballs linger on Alabama's uninhabited beaches

Deepwater Horizon Spill Threatens More Species Than Legally Protected, Study Finds


House advances legislation to accelerate offshore drilling

"Citing motorists' angst about rising gasoline prices, the House of Representatives today advanced two bills that would accelerate offshore oil and gas drilling. 

Legislation that would give federal regulators a 60-day deadline to approve or reject specific offshore drilling proposals passed 263-163. A separate bill that would force the government to sell drilling leases in waters off the coast of California and much of the Atlantic Coast is expected to pass Thursday morning. 

With strong opposition from the Obama administration and most congressional Democrats, neither measure is expected to advance in the Senate."

When gas hits $4 a gallon, phony fixes are sure to follow

"This ritual of political pandering might be amusing if it weren't crowding out the real conversation the nation should be having about energy policies — the one that might some day unhook the nation from the whims of the world oil market. [...] The fix for recurring gas price crises is both simple and excruciatingly difficult: Use less oil, and find more of it in stable places while engineering a transition to alternative fuels. Using less means vehicles with better mileage, whether hybrids or more radical designs."

Inquirer Editorial: Isn't the goal less oil?

Rep. McClintock says Obama administration had 'irrational' reaction to Deepwater Horizon

Irrational?  Who you callin' irrational?