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Offshore Drilling Can Resume for 13 Companies

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 3, 2011

The administration announced today that 13 oil and natural gas companies can resume deepwater drilling activities in the Gulf of Mexico without submitting revised exploration or development plans for supplemental environmental reviews. 

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U.S. Offshore Drilling Delays Likely; Russia to Drill in Cuba

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 16, 2010

The Interior Department's plan to complete supplemental environmental reviews could prevent the U.S. government from holding a Gulf of Mexico lease sale next year, making 2011 the first year since 1965 that no Gulf leases would be sold for U.S. offshore oil production. 

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Deepwater Horizon in the News

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 10, 2010

The presidential commission investigating the Deepwater Horizon accident wrapped up the second day of its two-day hearing in Washington yesterday. At the same time, a federal judge in New Orleans was holding a hearing on the administration's deepwater drilling moratorium. Here's a compilation of the latest news as reported by several publications: 

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Brazil's Libra: Largest Oil Field in the Americas in Decades

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 1, 2010

Brazil says its deepwater Libra oil field could hold as much as 15 billion barrels of oil, making it the biggest crude oil discovery in the Americas since Mexico discovered the Cantarell field in 1976. 

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Drilling Completions Up in Third Quarter

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 28, 2010

U.S. oil and natural gas drilling increased markedly in the third quarter this year, according to API's 2010 Quarterly Well Completion Report: Third Quarter. An estimated 11,297 oil wells, natural gas wells and dry holes were completed, which was 45 percent higher than during the same period in 2009. 

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Administration's Drilling Safety Rules Thrown Out

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 20, 2010

The federal judge who overturned the initial deepwater drilling moratorium has thrown out operational provisions issued in a notice to offshore operators after the Deepwater Horizon accident. 

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Doublespeak: The Un-Lifting of the Moratorium

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 19, 2010

If you read the pronouncements coming from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) these days, expect to be a little befuddled. Consider, for example, agency Director Michael Bromwich's comments in an Op-Ed on CNN's website. 

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Moratorium Is Lifted, Impacts Remain

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 13, 2010

After a months-long investigation, the Department of the Interior made the right decision and ended the deepwater drilling moratorium. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said it was "appropriate" to end the ban because safety measures have been strengthened and spill response capabilities have been improved. 

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