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Developing Domestic Energy - What the Issue Is

access  domestic energy  energy policy  government revenue  gulf of mexico  leasing 

John Felmy
Posted March 18, 2011

As a rule of thumb it is generally not a good idea to spend a lot of time arguing against the ridiculous. But when the ridiculous is coming from folks who have the power to implement policies which will harm our economic and energy security an exception to the rule is warranted. Such is the case with the notion that oil and natural gas companies don't want to develop oil and natural gas resources.

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The Impact of the Administration's Offshore Leasing Ban

access  alaska  chukchi sea  deepwater drilling  delaware  domestic energy  energy policy  florida  government revenue  gulf of mexico  leasing  offshore drilling  president obama  beaufort sea  offshore leasing plan 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 2, 2010

In a major policy reversal, the Obama administration yesterday announced that it would not include potentially energy-rich areas of the eastern Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic, and the Pacific in the government's next five-year offshore leasing plan. Further, the administration also officially delayed the next two lease sales for the central and western Gulf.

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

access  deepwater drilling  deepwater drilling moratorium  domestic energy  energy policy  gulf of mexico  interior department  leasing  moratorium  offshore drilling  offshore oil  offshore oil production  cuba  eis  gazprom  gulf leases  lease sale  offshore oil drilling 

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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Michigan Basin Lease Sale

domestic energy  horizontal drilling  leasing  michigan  encana  utica shale  oil and natural gas  revenue 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 2, 2010

The State of Michigan held a lease auction last week, in which leases for nearly 274,000 acres of state lands were awarded to the highest bidders for oil and natural gas development. The sale raised $9.65 million in bonus bids on top of the $178 million offered for leases during the very competitive May 2010 sale. 

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PA Governor Holds Energy Jobs Hostage

access  domestic energy  energy policy  leasing  natural gas jobs  natural gas tax  pennsylvania  taxes  unemployment  ed rendell  severance tax 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 27, 2010

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell yesterday signed an executive order halting natural gas development on state lands. In a statement, he said the ban was needed "to protect our un-leased public lands from this [drilling] rush." But many believe the executive order was driven by politics, not environmental protection. 

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Administration's Drilling Safety Rules Thrown Out

access  deepwater drilling moratorium  deepwater horizon  department of the interior  domestic energy  energy policy  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  leasing  moratorium  offshore drilling 

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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Obama's Offshore Drilling Plan is a 'Positive Development'

beaufort sea  chukchi sea  domestic energy  eastern gulf of mexico  energy policy  leasing  obama  obama and offshore drilling  offshore drilling  outer continental shelf  cook inlet  eastern gulf  interior department leasing plan 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 31, 2010

President Obama announced an energy strategy today that includes expanding offshore drilling in certain areas along the Atlantic coast, in a portion of the eastern Gulf of Mexico, and off the coast of Alaska.

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Offshore Drilling Decision Expected Soon

domestic energy  energy policy  lease sale 220  leasing  mms  offshore drilling  offshore energy  delays on offshore drilling  leasing plan 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 29, 2010

Within the next few days, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is expected to announce his decision on America's offshore leasing program. In case you haven't been following this story closely, here's some background information.

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