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The De Facto Moratorium

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 20, 2010

It's been three months since the Deepwater Horizon accident, and finally one new offshore drilling project has been approved.

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Gerard: Don't Put Energy Jobs at Risk

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 9, 2010

API President and CEO Jack Gerard told Congress today that raising the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund cap from $75 million to $10 billion "would place about 145,000 jobs at risk."

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Pressure Mounts Against Deepwater Drilling Ban

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 9, 2010

The Department of the Interior (DOI) late yesterday sent out a list of new safety requirements to offshore drillers as pressure mounted against the drilling moratorium. 

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What's the Future of Offshore Drilling?

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 8, 2010

The offshore oil and natural gas industry is in a holding pattern of sorts today, waiting for the Minerals Management Service (MMS) to issue Notices to Lessees (NTL) that will provide information about offshore energy development. Announcements from MMS offices last week caused concern when at least two drilling permits were rescinded in shallow water after the president announced a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling. 

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Oil Spill Response Gains Momentum

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted May 19, 2010

The response to the Gulf oil spill gained momentum yesterday both in coastal states and in Washington.

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Straight Talk about Safety Rules

bp  deepwater horizon  gulf oil spill  mms  spill response 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 27, 2010

The Huffington Post published an article today that alleges Big Oil tried to stop the U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS) from promulgating new offshore safety rules before the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig accident. 

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Search Continues for Missing Crew Members

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 23, 2010

The U.S. Coast Guard reported this morning that the search is continuing for the 11 missing crew members of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. The mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) caught fire on Tuesday and sank yesterday, causing concerns about a potential oil spill. 

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Offshore Drilling Decision Expected Soon

domestic energy  energy policy  lease sale 220  leasing  mms  offshore drilling  offshore energy  delays on offshore drilling  leasing plan 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 29, 2010

Within the next few days, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is expected to announce his decision on America's offshore leasing program. In case you haven't been following this story closely, here's some background information.

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Offshore Drilling: What's the Administration's Agenda?

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 3, 2010

As the ranking Republican on the House Natural Resources CommitteeRep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) is in a position to closely observe and act on the administration's proposed energy policies. 

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