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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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The Peak Oil Dilemma

deepwater drilling moratorium  deepwater moratorium  department of defense  department of defense  domestic energy  energy  energy demand  energy policy  energy taxes  moratorium  oil and natural gas  oil demand  oil prices  oil supplies  peak oil  shallow-water drilling  oil supply 

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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Study: De Facto Moratorium Could Cost 50,000 Jobs

access  de facto moratorium  deepwater moratorium  department of the interior  domestic energy  energy policy  gulf of mexico  moratorium  offshore drilling  offshore drilling moratorium  shallow water drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 6, 2010

For months, numerous studies--such as this one from LSU professor Dr. Joseph Mason and another by Moody's Analytics--have demonstrated the significant economic impact the deepwater drilling moratorium could have on the Gulf and U.S. economies.

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PA Official: Hydraulic Fracturing Risks "Exaggerated"

domestic energy  energy policy  ground water  horizontal drilling  hydraulic fracturing  pennsylvania  water  department of environmental protection 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 5, 2010

Pennsylvania's chief environmental regulator says he's seen no evidence that hydraulic fracturing contaminates underground water supplies. 

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Landrieu: 'Lift the Moratorium'

deepwater rigs  domestic energy  energy policy  gulf of mexico  louisiana  moratorium  offshore drilling  oil jobs  oil rigs  shallow water drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 24, 2010

Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana, has taken the unusual step of blocking the confirmation of a Democratic administration's appointee. She says she will not allow a vote on Jack Lew, President Obama's choice for OMB director, until the offshore drilling moratorium is lifted. 

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U.S. Loans Billions to Mexico for Drilling

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 15, 2010

I've got an important question for anyone in the administration who's willing to comment on this blog: Can you explain why the U.S. government is loaning money to Mexico to drill in the Gulf while imposing a drilling moratorium here? 

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Hydraulic Fracturing 'Distortion'

domestic energy  energy policy  fracking  hydraulic fracturing  natural gas  natural gas fracking  rhetoric vs reality  water quality  energy policy act of 2005 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 12, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had hoped to hold hearings on hydraulic fracturing in New York this week. They were scheduled at Binghamton University, but when it was learned that potentially thousands of people would attend, the EPA moved them to a larger venue in Syracuse, 65 miles north. The move prompted howls among groups who had planned to fly-in from all over the country, leading EPA to postpone the hearings until next month. 

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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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The Truth about Hydraulic Fracturing

domestic energy  energy policy  hydraulic fracturing  onshore  rhetoric vs reality  water quality 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 25, 2010

Vanity Fair is known for publishing provocative articles, and this week's Web edition is no exception.

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EPA Launches Study on Hydraulic Fracturing

domestic energy  energy policy  epa  fracking  hydraulic fracturing  hydrofracking  technology innovation  water quality  epa study on fracking  epa study on hydraulic fracturing 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 18, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it will launch a study into the oil and natural gas production practice known as hydraulic fracturing. According to a press statement, EPA will focus on fracking's potential impact on water quality and public health. 

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