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Mr. Salazar, Lift the Moratorium

deepwater horizon  domestic energy  energy policy  offshore drilling  spill response 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 29, 2010

Tomorrow, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is expected to lay out the administration's energy strategy--including its stance on deepwater offshore drilling--in a speech at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Observers say it's likely that Sec. Salazar will announce a new interim final rule codifying many of the new offshore requirements aimed at increasing safety and improving environmental practices. 

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Landrieu: 'Lift the Moratorium'

deepwater rigs  domestic energy  energy policy  gulf of mexico  louisiana  moratorium  offshore drilling  oil jobs  oil rigs  shallow water drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 24, 2010

Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana, has taken the unusual step of blocking the confirmation of a Democratic administration's appointee. She says she will not allow a vote on Jack Lew, President Obama's choice for OMB director, until the offshore drilling moratorium is lifted. 

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New Study: Moratorium Could Cost Nearly 20,000 Gulf Jobs

deepwater drilling  deepwater drilling moratorium  deepwater moratorium  domestic energy  energy citizens  energy policy  gulf of mexico  offshore drilling  rally for jobs  virtual rally for jobs  deepwater drilling ban  lsu 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 22, 2010

There have been numerous reports published over the last few months about the impact of the administration's de facto drilling moratorium on jobs and the economy in the Gulf region. The latest report released yesterday is authored by LSU professor Dr. Joseph Mason who finds that the Gulf region will lose more than 19,500 jobs, $5 billion in economic activity and nearly $240 million in state and local tax revenues during the six-month moratorium.

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Politics Trump Common Sense

access  domestic energy  energy policy  offshore drilling  offshore energy  taxes  offshore rig 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 17, 2010

Do you know the definition of piling-on? It's the phenomenon that occurs when several actions or events land on your shoulders all at once. While the weight of the pile usually isn't insurmountable, it can be challenging and often makes one wonder about the motivations of those who add to the heap. 

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U.S. Loans Billions to Mexico for Drilling

citizen rallies  congress  de facto moratorium  deepwater drilling moratorium  domestic energy  domestic oil  energy citizens  energy policy  gulf of mexico  jobs rallies  moratorium  offshore drilling  offshore oil  offshore rig  oil and natural gas  shallow water drilling  drilling rig  energy workers  mexico 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 15, 2010

I've got an important question for anyone in the administration who's willing to comment on this blog: Can you explain why the U.S. government is loaning money to Mexico to drill in the Gulf while imposing a drilling moratorium here? 

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BP Releases Deepwater Horizon Report

blowout preventer  bp  deepwater horizon  domestic energy  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  oil spill  spill response  offshore drilling rig 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 8, 2010

BP today released the results of its own investigation into the Deepwater Horizon accident. It determined that a series of mechanical failures, the misinterpretation of data, and other factors attributable to all of the companies working on the rig led to the explosions, fire and the deaths of 11 offshore workers.

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The Administration's Harmful 'Overreaction'

access  deepwater drilling moratorium  domestic energy  offshore drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 13, 2010

In a Houston Chronicle Op-Ed this week, former Interior Secretary Gale Norton spoke out against the deepwater drilling moratorium and other forces that could impede or altogether halt offshore drilling. Secretary Norton calls the moratorium an "overreaction" saying: 

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Moratorium Back in Court

access  deepwater drilling moratorium  domestic energy  drilling ban  energy policy  gulf of mexico  moratorium  offshore drilling  shallow-water drilling  gulf oil production 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 10, 2010

The lawsuit filed by Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc. against the administration's moratorium is headed back into court. U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman, who granted a stay against the first deepwater drilling ban calling it "arbitrary and capricious," will hear the government's arguments in support of the moratorium today. 

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