Thursday, September 29, 2011

Oil Drilling News


Groups sue to block Arctic offshore drilling
"More than a dozen Alaska Native and environmental organizations sued Thursday to block offshore oil drilling in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska's north coast. The 13 groups filed the legal challenge to federal approval in August of Shell Oil's exploration drilling plan with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Earthjustice attorney Holly Harris said in a news teleconference that allowing Shell to drill when it has no credible plan to clean up an Arctic Ocean oil spill is insulting and irresponsible."

Arctic Shell Game: No Spill Plan, No Problem - Feds Say Just Drill
Broad coalition challenges federal approval of Shell Oil's plan to drill in the Beaufort Sea
"Earthjustice, on behalf of the Native Village of Point Hope, Alaska Wilderness League, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Greenpeace, National Audubon Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, Northern Alaska Environmental Center, Oceana, Pacific Environment, REDOIL, Sierra Club, and The Wilderness Society initiated litigation in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement's (BOEMRE) decision to allow oil drilling in the Beaufort Sea."


Lawmakers warn oil company to abandon Cuban drilling plans
"A bipartisan group of 34 House members is pressuring Spanish oil giant Repsol to abandon its plans to drill in deep waters off Cuba's northern coast, warning that the company could face liability in U.S. courts. Their letter to Repsol — which warns that its plans will "provide direct financial benefit to the Castro dictatorship" — joins existing concerns about the environmental risk of spills in the waters 60 miles from Florida's coast."


A Plan to Power 100 Percent of the Planet with Renewables

  • "The authors' plan calls for 3.8 million large wind turbines, 90,000 solar plants, and numerous geothermal, tidal and rooftop photovoltaic installations worldwide.
  • The cost of generating and transmitting power would be less than the projected cost per kilowatt-hour for fossil-fuel and nuclear power.
  • Shortages of a few specialty materials, along with lack of political will, loom as the greatest obstacles."

  • Why Oil and Gas Companies Should Embrace Offshore Wind: Their Skills Could Lower Costs Sharply