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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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Relief Well Activity Resumes

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 12, 2010

Work on the relief well resumed today after threatening weather in the Gulf led to a two-day drilling suspension. BP reports that the protective plug inserted into the well has been withdrawn and engineers are preparing to restart drilling. 

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D-Day for Macondo

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 2, 2010

Today could be D-Day for the Macondo well. According to reports, BP is conducting a test to determine the likely success of killing the well from the top, while getting in position to assault the well from the bottom. 

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Oil Spill Activities Converging

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 30, 2010

Several activities are underway today that could have a significant impact on America's energy policy. They include congressional efforts to pass energy legislation as well as the killing of the leaking Macondo well. 

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