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Shortening Terms on So-Called "Idle" Leases

access  domestic energy  energy policy  Jack Gerard  leasing  louisiana  offshore drilling  offshore leases  idle leases 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 16, 2009

Late last week, the Minerals Management Service (MMS) announced that they will shorten lease sale terms on nearly 36 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico off the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. 

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Last Chance

access  domestic energy  energy policy  energy reality  leasing  offshore drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 21, 2009

Today is your last chance to write to the government to support the Five-Year offshore drilling plan. At the close of business today, the Minerals Management Service (MMS) will end the public comment period, tally the emails and letters, write a report on its findings, and help the Secretary of the Interior decide whether to implement the government's offshore drilling plan.

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The Un-Energy Bill

domestic access  energy policy  leasing  over regulation  legislation  energy resources 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 17, 2009

The Committee on Natural Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing today on a proposal called the Consolidated Land, Energy and Aquatic Resources Act of 2009. While it's often referred to as an energy bill, it's actually an Un-Energy bill. 

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Legal Limbo Relief

domestic energy  drilling  energy development  leasing  offshore drilling 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 29, 2009

In a move that relieves some of the legal worries about offshore oil and natural gas development, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has ruled that the 2007-2012 offshore leasing plan can move forward uninterrupted.

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Offshore Legal Limbo

domestic energy  exploration  leasing  production 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 24, 2009

Put yourself in this situation. You decide to build your Dream Home. You buy the perfect lot, hire a general contractor and receive your first shipment of lumber. Then, just as the cement truck is preparing to pour the foundation, you learn that there's been a legal glitch--you might not own the lot after all. What would you do? You've already spent a sizable amount of money, and you don't know whether you'll ever be able to build your house. 

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A Policy of Delay

domestic access  domestic energy  energy  energy development  energy policy  leasing  utah 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 24, 2009

Yesterday, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) suspended the sale of all 31 oil and natural gas drilling tracts in Utah that had been purchased earlier in the day during a regularly scheduled lease sale, after the bureau accepted last-minute protests about the sale from two environmental groups. BLM has put all the leases on hold to conduct an environmental assessment.

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Another Hurdle on the Horizon

congress  domestic energy  energy  energy development  energy policy  leasing  federal lands and resources energy development act of 2009 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 3, 2009

At a time when the need for an economic boost has never been greater, Congress is considering a bill that threatens energy investments and jobs.

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