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Commission Identifies Deepwater Horizon Missteps

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 6, 2011

The presidential commission examining the Deepwater Horizon accident has determined that several missteps contributed last April's blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, including poor decision-making by the companies' management and government regulators. According to an excerpt from its report, the commission found the tragedy "was not the product of a series of abberational decisions made by a rogue industry...the root causes are systemic" and should be corrected. 

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Offshore Drilling Can Resume for 13 Companies

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 3, 2011

The administration announced today that 13 oil and natural gas companies can resume deepwater drilling activities in the Gulf of Mexico without submitting revised exploration or development plans for supplemental environmental reviews. 

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U.S. Offshore Drilling Delays Likely; Russia to Drill in Cuba

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 16, 2010

The Interior Department's plan to complete supplemental environmental reviews could prevent the U.S. government from holding a Gulf of Mexico lease sale next year, making 2011 the first year since 1965 that no Gulf leases would be sold for U.S. offshore oil production. 

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A Walking Drilling Rig

domestic energy  energy production  north dakota  oil drilling  oil production  oil rig  onshore  technology  technology innovation  continental resource inc  drill site  drilling rigs  oil wells  walking drilling rig  walking rig 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 12, 2010

Did you know that drilling rigs can walk? At least this one can. It's the ECO-Pad being used by Continental Resources Inc. to drill for oil in North Dakota.

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Doublespeak: The Un-Lifting of the Moratorium

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 19, 2010

If you read the pronouncements coming from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) these days, expect to be a little befuddled. Consider, for example, agency Director Michael Bromwich's comments in an Op-Ed on CNN's website. 

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Peak Oil

aspo  domestic energy  domestic jobs  domestic oil  energy  energy return on investment  eroi  oil and natural gas industry  oil production  peak oil  hubberts curve 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 7, 2010

The theory of Peak Oil is one of the most widely discussed--and intriguing--energy topics in the blogosphere. Simply put, the theory refers to the widely-held concept that oil is finite and production inevitably will decline, forcing major changes to our way of life, our economy, as well as the fate of humankind worldwide. The theory is attributed to M. King Hubbert, an oil company geologist, who created a graph called Hubbert's Curve predicting a sharp decline in oil production near the beginning of the 21st Century. 

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Fire Doesn't Support Calls for the Moratorium

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 3, 2010

A fire on an offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico created a media furor yesterday. Several of the initial news reports contained inaccuracies that tended to exacerbate America's heightened awareness of--and sensitivity to--offshore drilling. The reaction was predictable: Politicians demanded answers, and environmental groups called on the government to keep the drilling moratorium in effect.

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Moratorium Back in Court

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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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Moratorium Melancholy

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 10, 2010

BP got the green light over the weekend to proceed with drilling the relief well that is expected to put the final nail in Macondo's coffin. As of Monday, August 9, the well had reached a depth of 17,909 feet. BP says it is likely to intersect Macondo's wellbore on August 15. 

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