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Brazil's Libra: Largest Oil Field in the Americas in Decades

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 1, 2010

Brazil says its deepwater Libra oil field could hold as much as 15 billion barrels of oil, making it the biggest crude oil discovery in the Americas since Mexico discovered the Cantarell field in 1976. 

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Drilling Completions Up in Third Quarter

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 28, 2010

U.S. oil and natural gas drilling increased markedly in the third quarter this year, according to API's 2010 Quarterly Well Completion Report: Third Quarter. An estimated 11,297 oil wells, natural gas wells and dry holes were completed, which was 45 percent higher than during the same period in 2009. 

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Administration's Drilling Safety Rules Thrown Out

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 20, 2010

The federal judge who overturned the initial deepwater drilling moratorium has thrown out operational provisions issued in a notice to offshore operators after the Deepwater Horizon accident. 

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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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Moratorium Is Lifted, Impacts Remain

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 13, 2010

After a months-long investigation, the Department of the Interior made the right decision and ended the deepwater drilling moratorium. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said it was "appropriate" to end the ban because safety measures have been strengthened and spill response capabilities have been improved. 

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VIDEO: Gerard Addresses Regulatory Changes on Platts Energy Week

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 11, 2010

On Sunday, API President and CEO Jack Gerard was a guest on WUSA's Platts Energy Week in Washington, D.C. During his interview, Gerard spoke about a variety of topics facing the oil and natural gas industry, including regulatory changes that are being considered by the Department of Interior following the Deepwater Horizon incident--and the potential economic impacts of those changes. 

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The Peak Oil Dilemma

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 8, 2010

Few issues are as complicated and perplexing as Peak Oil. The study of this concept crosses into several disciplines--geology, sociology, engineering, and physics to name a few--and each is able to address only a part of the global dilemma that could be caused by rapidly dwindling oil supplies. 

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

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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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