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Oil Stops Flowing in the Gulf

blowout preventer  bp  containment cap  deepwater drilling  deepwater horizon  domestic energy  gulf oil spill  macondo well  oil spill cleanup  spill response  oil stops flowing 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 15, 2010

For the first time in more than two months, the Macondo well is not leaking oil and gas into the Gulf.

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Three-Judge Panel Strikes Down Moratorium

access  deepwater drilling moratorium  domestic energy  drilling ban  energy policy  gulf drilling ban  gulf energy production  gulf oil spill  offshore drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 9, 2010

A three-judge panel in New Orleans yesterday struck down the six-month deepwater drilling moratorium which had led to the layoff of thousands of Gulf Coast energy workers.

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The Painful Impact of an Offshore Drilling Ban

access  bp  deepwater drilling moratorium  domestic energy  drilling ban  energy policy  gulf drilling ban  gulf energy production  offshore drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 2, 2010

Have you considered what could happen if the United States banned all offshore drilling? Today Gulf U.S. offshore oil and natural gas production accounts for more than 30 percent of the oil and 13 percent of natural gas produced in the United States every year. (EIA) If drilling were stopped by government edict over safety and environmental concerns, the results could be catastrophic. 

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High Stakes in the Gulf

access  deepwater drilling  deepwater horizon  deepwater moratorium  drilling ban  energy policy  gulf drilling  gulf energy production  gulf of mexico  gulf oil production  hurricanes  offshore drilling  drilling ban lifted  hurricane alex 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 30, 2010

About one-quarter of U.S. oil production and nearly 10 percent of natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut-in due to Hurricane Alex, the first June hurricane to develop in the Atlantic region since 1995. 

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As "Alex" Grows, Skimmers Stop Work

bp  deepwater drilling  deepwater horizon  energy policy  gulf drilling  gulf of mexico  hurricane alex  hurricanes  oil spill  oil spill cleanup  spill response 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 29, 2010

The U.S. Coast Guard and BP sent oil skimming boats back to port this morning as Tropical Storm Alex gained strength and threatened to become the first Gulf hurricane of 2010. 

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The Cap, Oil Spill Models and More...

cap for oil leak  deepwater drilling  deepwater horizon  energy policy  gulf drilling  gulf of mexico  spill  spill response 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 24, 2010

BP reinstalled the cap on the blowout preventer (BOP) at the leaking Macondo well last evening, and it began capturing oil and gas a short time later. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says the amount of oil being collected could rise to about 53,000 barrels a day after a third containment device arrives next Tuesday. 

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Setting the Offshore Record Straight

bp  deepwater drilling  deepwater horizon  domestic energy  energy policy  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  offshore drilling  oil spill  oil spill cleanup  spill response  hearings  oil spill hearing 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 17, 2010

In the two months since the Deepwater Horizon accident, numerous investigations have been launched, several congressional hearings have been held, and many statements have been made about oil and natural gas industry regulation. Unfortunately, many statements about industry regulations have had little or no basis in fact. 

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Avoid Unintended Consequences

blowout preventer  deepwater drilling  deepwater horizon  energy policy  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  Jack Gerard  offshore drilling  oil spill  oil spill cleanup 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 3, 2010

Yesterday in a post on the National Journal's Energy and Environment Blog, API President and CEO Jack Gerard said policymakers should avoid enacting new policies and regulations that could have a negative impact on the nation's energy security and economic future.

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