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Ultra-Deep Drilling Scores in the Gulf

domestic energy  louisiana  natural gas  offshore drilling  technology innovation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 12, 2010

Just 10 miles off the coast of Louisiana, a New Orleans company has made one of the largest Gulf of Mexico energy discoveries in decades. McMoRan Exploration Co. reports that its ultra-deep well in its Davy Jones prospect was drilled in shallow water--only 20 feet deep--down to more than 28,000 feet beneath the ocean floor where the company found huge amounts of natural gas in a 135-feet thick sand formation. 

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Virginia Wants Offshore Drilling

access  domestic energy  government revenue  offshore drilling  virginia 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 31, 2009

Breaking from his predecessor, Virginia's Governor-elect Bob McDonnell sent a letter to Interior Secretary Salazar, asking the administration to move forward with a scheduled offshore lease sale in 2011. McDonnell says "offshore energy exploration and production will be a priority" during his four-year term as governor. The Commonwealth's current Gov. Tim Kaine sought to delay the lease sale. 

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Oil = Jobs and City Services

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 28, 2009

Suppose you were the manager of a coastal city and you had the opportunity to greatly increase funding for fire protection and other services without raising taxes on the citizenry. And suppose you could do it without harming the air, nearby beaches, or the water quality simply by allowing a company to produce more crude oil. 

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Analysis: Offshore Energy Production Benefits the Economy and Environment

access  domestic energy  offshore drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 1, 2009

We've discussed many times on this blog how increased access to oil and natural gas resources would benefit our nation's economy. We've also mentioned that while producing this energy both on-and-offshore, companies are committed to environmentally responsible development. 

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Offshore Energy Production and the Environment

domestic energy  offshore drilling  offshore energy  technology innovation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 19, 2009

Today, the Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing concerning environmental stewardship policies related to offshore energy production. (Watch the archive Webcast of the hearing). 

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Shortening Terms on So-Called "Idle" Leases

access  domestic energy  energy policy  Jack Gerard  leasing  louisiana  offshore drilling  offshore leases  idle leases 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 16, 2009

Late last week, the Minerals Management Service (MMS) announced that they will shorten lease sale terms on nearly 36 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico off the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. 

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Op-ed: Offshore Drilling - Royalties, Jobs, Energy, Great Fishing!

domestic energy  drilling  energy  fl  florida  offshore drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 9, 2009

Walton Sun (Florida) op-ed, authored by geoscientist Al Swiercz and published last week, discussed the benefits of offshore drilling for Florida residents and the United States. Swiercz said that exploration would "not only protect the beauty of our beaches, but allow us to reap the benefits of offshore exploration," including tax revenues, jobs--including "blue-collar" rig jobs which pay upwards of $75,000 per year--and great fishing areas around offshore platforms. 

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Relive the THUMS Experience

access  domestic drilling  energy tomorrow  energytomorrow  offshore drilling  thums islands 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 22, 2009

As I've discussed on this blog, I recently traveled with a group of bloggers to visit man-made islands where drilling for oil and natural gas occurs in coastal waters--the THUMS Islands in Long Beach, CA. 

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Op-ed: Technology can tap into oil reserves safely

domestic drilling  energy tomorrow  energytomorrow  florida  natural gas  offshore drilling  outer continental shelf  production  revenues  technology 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 19, 2009

Another voice in the news can be added to the list of those favoring increased access to our nation's offshore oil and natural gas resources. Last week, a Florida Sun-Sentinel op-ed authored by Dave Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council, discussed the new jobs, increased revenues, and energy security that offshore energy development could bring to the nation and the state of Florida--all with minimal impact to the surrounding environment.

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