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Judge Orders Interior to Act on More Drilling Permits

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 2, 2011

The Interior Department isn't off the legal hook yet. Although it finally issued one deepwater drilling permit this week after months of delays, U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman has ordered it to act on two more permit applications, raising the total number to seven. 

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Poll: Drilling Restrictions Based on Politics

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 22, 2010

Americans see politics behind the U.S. Department of the Interior decision to prevent any expansion of oil and natural gas drilling in the Atlantic, Pacific and eastern Gulf of Mexico. According to a public opinion poll conducted by Harris Interactive for API, 63 percent of respondents believe the decision is based on politics; only 30 percent believe the ban is based on science.

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The Oil Spill Suit

bp  deepwater horizon  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  interior department  macondo well  oil leak  oil spill  spill response  clean water act  national oceanic and atmospheric administration 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 16, 2010

The U.S. Justice Department filed suit against BP and eight other companies yesterday to recover billions of dollars from the Deepwater Horizon tragedy. The administration's suit asks that the companies be held responsible for all cleanup costs and damage to natural resources. 

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More Drilling Delays Announced

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 9, 2010

The administration is erecting more roadblocks to offshore drilling. According to published reports, the government will require an environmental assessment for each and every deepwater well. It also plans to extend the government's timeframe for exploration plan review from 30 to 90 days. 

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API Comments on DOI's Proposed Ocean Energy Safety Institute

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 1, 2010

API President and CEO Jack Gerard yesterday sent a letter to Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar, providing the industry's thoughts and concerns about the proposed Ocean Energy Safety Institute (OESI). This new entity, as proposed by the government, would provide a forum for a collaborative government-industry research initiative aimed at improving the safety of U.S. offshore energy development. 

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