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Last Chance

access  domestic energy  energy policy  energy reality  leasing  offshore drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 21, 2009

Today is your last chance to write to the government to support the Five-Year offshore drilling plan. At the close of business today, the Minerals Management Service (MMS) will end the public comment period, tally the emails and letters, write a report on its findings, and help the Secretary of the Interior decide whether to implement the government's offshore drilling plan.

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'Giant' Oil Discovery in the Gulf

drilling  energy citizens  energy policy  offshore drilling  technology  drillship 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 2, 2009

BP has announced a so-called "giant" oil discovery in the ultra-deep waters of the Gulf Mexico that might contain more than 3 billion barrels of oil. The discovery was made at the Tiber Prospect, which is about 250 miles southeast of Houston. As reported by Bloomberg, the well is the world's deepest exploratory well, drilled down to 35,055 feet, a distance that's greater than the height of Mount Everest.

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Tapping Virginia's Energy

access  domestic energy  energy  energy development  energy policy  mms  offshore drilling  outer continental shelf 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 1, 2009

In the heat of the gubernatorial campaign in Virginia, the Commonwealth's Speaker of the House is pushing the federal government to open the coastline to oil and natural gas development. Speaker William Howell has sent a letter to the Obama administration urging the leasing of 2.9 million acres of the Outer Continental Shelf along Virginia's coast by 2011.

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12,000 Feet Under the Sea

chevron  domestic energy  domestic resources  drillship  energy  gulf of mexico  offshore drilling  technology  technology innovation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 14, 2009

Yesterday, Chevron U.S.A. Inc. announced that the Discoverer Clear Leader--an ultra-deepwater drillship newly built to Chevron's specifications--has begun work in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico, allowing Chevron to expand its search for new domestic sources of energy. 

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Legal Limbo Relief

domestic energy  drilling  energy development  leasing  offshore drilling 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 29, 2009

In a move that relieves some of the legal worries about offshore oil and natural gas development, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has ruled that the 2007-2012 offshore leasing plan can move forward uninterrupted.

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A Positive Step Forward

access  congress  energy  energy bill  energy policy  gulf of mexico  offshore drilling  energy independence and security act of 2007 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 17, 2009

Today, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 15 to 8 to approve an energy bill that would open part of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico for additional oil and natural gas leasing and clarify ambiguous language included in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. This language--as originally written--could have prohibited federal agencies from using transportation fuels derived from Canadian oil sands.

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A Political Cliffhanger

access  domestic drilling  domestic energy  energy  energy policy  gulf of mexico  offshore drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 12, 2009

As API President and CEO Jack Gerard noted a couple of days ago, the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 13-10 on Tuesday to open the eastern Gulf of Mexico to oil and natural gas development.

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OCS Inventory: Who Pays?

congress  energy  energy bill  energy development  energy policy  offshore drilling  outer continental shelf 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 8, 2009

In Washington this week, the House and the Senate will continue to work on energy bills on parallel tracks.

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Poll Finds Support for Offshore Drilling on East Coast

domestic access  domestic energy  energy  offshore drilling  poll  public opinion 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 5, 2009

A new public opinion poll indicates that Americans living in mid-Atlantic coastal areas support offshore drilling.

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Did You Know It's Hurricane Season?

offshore drilling  hurricanes  hurricane preparedness  gulf of mexico  energy iq  energy  drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 2, 2009

There are 3,800 oil and natural gas production platforms and 74 operating drilling rigs in the federal, hurricane-prone waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

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