Administration Announces Offshore Drilling Rules, Stands Strong on Deepwater Moratorium

By: Thursday September 30, 2010 4:25 pm

The Interior Department moved forward today with new offshore drilling rules without moving up the end of the moratorium.


Obama Administration Will Announce New Deepwater Drilling Moratorium

By: Saturday July 10, 2010 10:30 am

But uncertainty over the situation—and the administration’s plans to impose a new moratorium while it investigates the causes of the explosion that triggered the well blowout — are keeping the drilling rigs shut.

Captured Government: How a Federal Court Can Claim Deepwater Drilling Is Safe

By: Wednesday June 23, 2010 2:00 pm

In the absence of any evidence of overwhelmingly bad lawyering by the Government’s attorneys, you have to wonder how any competent court could conclude that there isn’t a compelling case for stopping all offshore drilling. This is as close to a no-brainer as you get.

Oil Gusher Panel: Forget Deepwater Drilling This Year

By: Monday June 21, 2010 2:20 pm

There’s encouraging news that the panel tasked with investigating the disaster in the Gulf wants to actually get it right.

LIVE: Obama to Announce Six-Month Extension of Partial Moratorium on New Deepwater Drilling Projects

By: Thursday May 27, 2010 9:44 am

Watch our live feed from the White House as President Obama is expected to announce a 6 month extension of the partial moratorium on new deepwater drilling projects off the coasts of Alaska, Virginia and the western Gulf of Mexico.

Breaking: Obama to Extend Partial Drilling Permit Moratorium, Cancel Some Leases (Update: MMS Director Birnbaum Fired)

By: Thursday May 27, 2010 7:40 am

The White House has told various news agencies that President Obama will today extend for another six months the partial moratorium on new offshore oil drilling permits in the Gulf. In addition, he will cancel proposed leases off Alaska and Virginia.

Energy Secretary Chu Favors Broad Moratorium on ALL New Drilling

By: Tuesday May 25, 2010 7:30 am

Reponding to a question from Maddow about Monday’s New York Times story that MMS was still issuing new permits despite the supposed moratorium announced by the President and Secretary Salazar, Energy Secretary Chu said that if it were up to him, he would impose a moratorium on all new offshore drilling activities whether or not they already had existing permits.

NYT: MMS Still Granting Drilling Permits and NEPA Waivers Despite “Moratorium”

By: Monday May 24, 2010 6:45 am

The New York Times has been tracking the Mineral Management Service’s compliance with the moratorium on new OCS/Gulf drilling permits announced by President Obama and Interior Secretary Salazar. Their finding: MMS continues to issue new drilling and related permits on activities just like those conducted by the Deepwater Horizon rig.

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