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U.S. Offshore Drilling at Virtual Standstill

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 18, 2010

A new Gallup poll shows Americans are divided down the middle over whether to lift the deepwater drilling moratorium. Overall, 47 percent of respondents say the ban should be lifted, while 46 percent say it should remain in place.

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The Administration's Harmful 'Overreaction'

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 13, 2010

In a Houston Chronicle Op-Ed this week, former Interior Secretary Gale Norton spoke out against the deepwater drilling moratorium and other forces that could impede or altogether halt offshore drilling. Secretary Norton calls the moratorium an "overreaction" saying: 

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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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Energy Tomorrow Radio: Episode - 114 Measuring the Moratorium's Impact on Alabama

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 10, 2010

In today's episode, I interview George Clark, president of Manufacture Alabama, about the impact of the drilling moratorium on Alabama's economy and jobs. Use the audio player below to listen to information about the article and follow along with the show notes. I hope you find the podcast informative.

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Moratorium Melancholy

access  bp  deepwater drilling moratorium  deepwater horizon  domestic energy  domestic oil production  energy policy  macondo well  offshore drilling  relief well  spill response 

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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Senate Energy Bill Recap

access  domestic energy  energy legislation  energy policy  gulf of mexico  hydraulic fracturing  moratorium  offshore drilling  drilling jobs  liability 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 6, 2010

With time running short, the Senate postponed its consideration of an energy bill this week - a "spill bill," as some called it. Now members of the Senate and various lobbying groups are engaging in finger-pointing and blaming each other for the bill's delay. 

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Taking a Stand Against the Moratorium

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 5, 2010

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is a billboard covered with thousands of signatures worth? 

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Louisiana Officials: "End the Moratorium Now"

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 5, 2010

Michael Bromwich, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM), refused to give a date for ending the offshore drilling moratorium yesterday. In New Orleans at the first of eight public hearings on drilling safety, Bromwich only said "there will be a very serious, sustained effort" to shorten the moratorium. (AP

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Voters Support Offshore Drilling, Government Creates Obstacles

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 3, 2010

A new Rasmussen poll shows that support for offshore oil and natural gas development is holding steady despite the Deepwater Horizon accident. In a survey conducted July 22-23 via telephone, 56 percent of U.S. voters think offshore drilling should be allowed, and 47 percent favor deepwater drilling.

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The Faces of the Moratorium

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 3, 2010

We've told you about the moratorium and the toll it's taking on the U.S. economy. When combined with congressional legislation, it could result in the loss of 175,000 jobs per year and a 27 percent decline in U.S. oil production.

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