Huffman, Lowenthal, Capps Lead California Delegation Against New Oil or Gas Leasing Off California Coast

For Immediate Release July 24, 2014 Contact: Paul Arden 202.225.5187   “The known risks of expanding offshore drilling in these areas far outweigh any potential benefits” WASHINGTON°©-Reps. Jared Huffman (CA-02), Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), and Lois Capps (CA-24) led a letter from members of the California Congressional delegation to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, urging her to ...Click Here to Read More.

SpectraBusters: We ain’t afraid a no pipeline: Inadequate insurance and safety plus eminent domain and environmental destruction by Sabal Trail –OSFR

Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson of Our Santa Fe River sent this letter yesterday to the same newspapers Sabal Trail has been in recently. -jsq Sabal Trail’s spokesperson distributing large quantities of disinformation “Safety, public input, federal monitoring, jobs, tax revenue, exceed federal safety requirements, reliability, affordable, clean, thorough review, latest proven ...Click Here to Read More.

Times-Picayune: Should the government open more offshore areas to oil and gas drilling? VOTE NOW

vote now at: This June 2011 file photo shows a drilling rig known as the Maersk Developer in the Gulf of Mexico about 250 miles off the coast of Louisiana in about 7,000 feet of water. (Photo provided by Exxon Mobil Corp.) Print By Jennifer Larino, | The Times-Picayune Email the author | ...Click Here to Read More.

Progress Florida: Act Now to Stop Fracking in Florida

Direct link: Florida is under threat from the risky new oil and gas extraction process known as acid fracking. Fracking would put Florida’s fragile water supply and the health of our citizens at risk. The good news is that we’re making progress toward stopping this dangerous practice, and that’s why we need your help to keep ...Click Here to Read More.

Huffington Post: New Offshore Oil Plan Could Be ‘Game Over’ for Climate Richard Steiner Professor and conservation biologist ( Posted: 07/17/2014 12:14 pm EDT Updated: 07/17/2014 12:59 pm EDT In a move that could rival the climate impacts of the Alberta tar sands and Keystone XL pipeline, and would release far more atmospheric carbon than ...Click Here to Read More.

Lawyers and Settlements: Plaintiffs and Defendants Locked in Asbestos Drilling Mud-Slinging   July 22, 2014, 10:15:00AM. By Gordon Gibb   Baton Rouge, LA: It’s been a little over a year since a group of 10 plaintiffs hooked into some drilling mud-slinging with a group of defendants, accusing them of needless exposure to asbestos while working on offshore ...Click Here to Read More.

E&E: Next Gulf lease sale includes plots along Mexico border

  Nathanial Gronewold, E&E reporter Published: Monday, July 21, 2014 HOUSTON — The federal government has put the oil and gas industry on notice to prepare for the next round of offshore lease bidding, to cover waters off the coast of Texas. And for the first time, the government is accepting bids on leases for offshore oil and gas prospects along the maritime border with Mexico. On ...Click Here to Read More. Oil, gas production declining in Gulf of Mexico federal waters, report says Times-Picayune   By Jennifer Larino, | The Times-Picayune  on July 08, 2014 at 12:40 PM   Oil and gas found off the coast of Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states made up almost one quarter of all fossil fuel production on federal lands in 2013, reinforcing the region’s role as a driving force ...Click Here to Read More.

Reuters: Research shows Gulf of Mexico oil spill caused lesions in fish -scientists   By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla., July 9 Wed Jul 9, 2014 4:53pm EDT ORLANDO, Fla., July 9 (Reuters) – Oil that matches the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been found in the bodies of sickened fish, according to a team of Florida scientists who studied the oil’s chemical ...Click Here to Read More.

Naples Daily News: Hughes to abandon drilling in Collier County except….

Dania Maxwell 7/11/14 NAPLES, Fla. – Opponents of oil drilling in Southwest Florida were jubilant Friday over news that the Dan A. Hughes Co. no longer will be drilling in Collier County, except at the controversial Collier Hogan well. Collier Resources Co. said Friday that it and the Dan A. Hughes Co. had agreed to terminate their oil drilling leasing relationship, which covers about ...Click Here to Read More. Sally Jewell Obama’s Pro-Fracking Climate Czar Jewell wants the government to continue to raise money from energy producers to pay for sea walls, wetlands restoration, and other measures that will make communities more resilient to climate change. She also wants to reform oil and gas permitting so that industry gets permission faster, while ...Click Here to Read More.

Gulf Seafood Institute: Louisiana Oysters May No Longer Be Gulf Oysters  (see video) by News Editor / Newsroom Ink July 2, 2014 For the first time in its more than 130-year Louisiana history, the oldest oyster dealer in the U.S. is thinking the unthinkable – importing foreign oysters like this one from the Pacific. Photo: P&J Oyster by Ed Lallo/Gulf Seafood News ...Click Here to Read More.

Aiken Standard: Editorial: Offshore drilling bill isn’t energy solution Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 12:01 a.m.     A U.S. House bill approved last week to open up drilling along South Carolina’s coast is thankfully a long-shot, but it’s still troubling that Congress is once again considering such a measure.   The bill ...Click Here to Read More.

The Maritime Executive: Interior releases 5-Year Plan for Offshore Oil & Gas Exploration and Development for 2017–2022 June 13, 2014 First Step in Proposed Offshore Leasing Program BY MAREX Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Acting Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Walter Cruickshank announced the first step in a robust public engagement process to develop the next ...Click Here to Read More.

WWNT Radio: Senators Push Administration for Expanded Offshore Drilling in Next 5-Year OCS Leasing Plan   25 Jun 2014 3:07 PM   (Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, along with Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), and Tim ...Click Here to Read More.

Pensacola News Journal: A 1,000-pound BP tar mat found on Fort Pickens beach   Nearly four years to the day when BP oil began soiling our beaches, a 1,000-pound tar mat is being cleaned up on Fort Pickens beach.   PNJ 2 p.m. CDT June 22, 2014 A U.S. Coast Guard pollution investigation team is leading another day of cleanup of a tar mat discovered Friday on the beach at Fort Pickens. So far, the ...Click Here to Read More.

Environmental Science & Technology: Long-Term Persistence of Dispersants following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill   Helen K. White *†, Shelby L. Lyons †, Sarah J. Harrison †, David M. Findley †, Yina Liu ‡, and Elizabeth B. Kujawinski ‡ † Department of Chemistry, Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, Pennsylvania 19041, United States ‡ Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods ...Click Here to Read More.

Santa Rosa Press Democrat: West county forums show support for marine protections By MARY CALLAHAN THE PRESS DEMOCRAT SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA June 21, 2014, 3:00 AM A series of public hearings on the North Coast last week unsurprisingly revealed overwhelming support for extending national marine sanctuary protections to the Sonoma and southern Mendocino coasts, federal officials said. But with ...Click Here to Read More.

WEAR-TV: Oil Spill Removal Organization working to remove tar mat near Ft. Pickens Updated: Friday, June 20 2014, 04:13 PM CDT   The United States Coast Guard’s Oil Spill Response Organization is working to remove a tar mat in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Ft. Pickens. Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown ...Click Here to Read More.

Tampa Bay Times: Scott’s stake in oil company tied to Collier drilling riles environmentalists Steve Bousquet, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau Friday, June 13, 2014 7:16pm SCOTT KEELER | Times Florida Gov. Rick Scott said, “I put everything in a blind trust, so I don’t know what’s in the blind trust.” TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick ...Click Here to Read More.

California Congressional Leaders Urge Expansion of Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries

For Immediate Release                     June 18, 2014                                             Contact: Paul Arden                                                                                                                              202.225.5187 Members: “The expansion ...Click Here to Read More.

Gulf Restoration Network Action Alert: Say “NO” to the Sabal Trail Pipeline

Florida’s besieged waterways are facing a new threat: Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC, wants to run a natural gas pipeline over, under and through our aquifers, rivers and springsheds. Our waters are already under threat from runoff pollution and over-pumping, and this major pipeline would risk sinkholes, gas leaks and aquifer contamination. Florida’s water is too important to take ...Click Here to Read More.

Sun Sentinel: More Oil Drilling Near Cuba Raises Environmental Alarms In Florida CBS 12-TV   By William E. Gibson/Sun Sentinel/Washington Bureau SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 2014 WASHINGTON Russia has agreed to plunge into the search for oil in deep waters between the shores of Cuba and Florida, renewing fears of a major oil spill and the potential for environmental disaster. With President Vladimir Putin looking on, ...Click Here to Read More.

ABC News: Greenpeace Boards 2 Drill Rigs in Arctic Protest STAVANGER, Norway May 27, 2014 (AP) By MARK LEWIS Associated Press Greenpeace activists boarded a drilling rig hundreds of miles offshore Norway and another in the Netherlands in a protest Tuesday against oil and gas exploration in Arctic waters. Juha Aromaa, a spokesman for the ...Click Here to Read More. EU to step up fracking and efficiency in response to Ukraine crisis Last updated on 21 May 2014, 4:23 pm Draft European Commission briefing note shows jitters over dependence on Russian gas By Gerard Wynn The European Union aims decisively to shift away from dependence on Russian gas imports, following previous failed attempts, according to a draft European ...Click Here to Read More.

WLTV News: Oyster harvesters alarmed at finding fewer oysters

video at: Posted on May 22, 2014 at 6:21 PM Bill Capo / Eyewitness News Email: | Twitter: @billcapo As his son hauls in an oyster dredge from the floor of Barataria Bay, lifelong oyster harvester Mitch Jurisich, normally an optimistic man, is worried that the size of the catch ...Click Here to Read More. ‘A Government Of Thugs’: How Canada Treats Environmental Journalists by Emily Atkin May 23, 2014 at 10:04 am Updated: May 23, 2014 at 11:18 am I attempted to enter Canada on a Tuesday, flying into the small airport at Fort McMurray, Alberta, waiting for my turn to pass through customs. “What brings you to Fort Mac?” a Canada Border Services Agency official asked. ...Click Here to Read More.

Santa Cruz Sentinel: Santa Cruz County first to ban fracking

ttp:// Unanimous vote prohibits underground oil production By Jason Hoppin @scnewsdude on Twitter POSTED: 05/20/2014 03:02:54 PM PDT Fracking ban supporters celebrate on the courthouse steps after Santa Cruz County Supervisors… Adding another trophy to a case full of ...Click Here to Read More.

Huffington Post: Read The Secret Trade Memo Calling For More Fracking and Offshore Drilling Posted: 05/19/2014 6:00 am EDT Updated: 4 hours ago WASHINGTON — The European Union is pressing the Obama administration to expand U.S. fracking, offshore oil drilling and natural gas exploration under the terms of a secret negotiation text obtained by The Huffington Post. The controversial document is an early draft ...Click Here to Read More.

Clean Ocean Action: Memorial Day Action at Rutgers University opposes Seismic Testing off New Jersey

**For Immediate Release** May 21, 2014 Contact Clean Ocean Action at (732) 872-0111: Jennifer Cubias, Press Inquiries To Stop Rutgers Ocean Blasting Study Citizens Launch Campaign over Memorial Day Weekend! Fishing, Boating, and Environmental Groups unite to Save Marine Life and Jersey Shore Economies; Banner Planes to Fly WHAT: The clock is ticking-Citizens will launch a public awareness ...Click Here to Read More.

Digital Journal: Methane levels from Deepwater Horizon ‘remain high’ BY TIM SANDLE May 19,2014 IN SCIENCE Microbial activities in the Gulf of Mexico suggests that gas-rich deepwater plumes following the Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout overwhelmed methane-oxidizing bacterial species, leading to high concentrations of methane lasting for a very long ...Click Here to Read More. Collier County, FL to file against state, drillers over Everglades fracking-like procedures

ttp:// Steve Doane, 2:43 p.m. EDT May 14, 2014 IMG_2497.jpg (Photo: Andrew West/News-Press) Story Highlights County to ask for administrative hearing against DEP, Hughes Company over violations DEP offered mitigation and settlement talks, but Collier board opts for public ...Click Here to Read More.

350.0rg: Good news from Capitol Hill re: Keystone XL

by Jason Kowalski May 8 (6 days ago) Friends, I’ve spent the last week running around Washington DC talking to Senators and our allies on Capitol Hill to defeat the latest attempt to push Keystone XL through Congress. Today I have some good news: it looks like this bill will be going down in defeat without ever coming to the floor. Thanks to your phone calls and work in the streets in ...Click Here to Read More.

The Downstream Project 2014: The Year of Living Dangerously MAY 8, 2014 BY AMY MATHEWS AMOS Winter brought us the MCHM spill in the Elk River near Charleston, West Virginia and the coal ash release into North Carolina’s Dan River. Suddenly, spring seems just as frightening. Last week, a CSX train carrying crude oil derailed in Lynchburg, Virginia, shooting flames into ...Click Here to Read More.

National Wildlife Federation: Lost at Sea: Study Estimates Around 800,000 Birds Killed During BP Oil Spill & NYT: Still Counting Gulf Spill’s Dead Birds from Wildlife Promise 0 5/8/2014 // By Daniel Hubbell An oiled pelican, photo by the Louisiana Governor’s Office Four years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster spilled more than 200 ...Click Here to Read More.

Fuel Fix: Offshore regulators to keep eye on bad actors

Fuel Fix Posted on May 8, 2014 at 6:29 pm by Jennifer A. Dlouhy HOUSTON – Maritime and drilling regulators vowed Thursday to keep a closer watch on oil companies and contractors they say are consistently cutting corners on safety offshore. The Coast ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: Green Groups Banned From Hearings on Alberta Tar Sands Published on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 ‘Instead of addressing concerns, they are excluding concerned groups that are science-based and principled’ - Sarah Lazare, staff writer Aerial view of Syncrude Aurora tar sands mine in the Boreal Forest north of Fort McMurray in Alberta (Photo: Greenpeace / Jiri Rezac)The Canadian province that ...Click Here to Read More.

Houston Chronicle: Efficient use of water called key to future energy projects May 8,2014 by Matthew Tresaugue Water may be everywhere in the Gulf of Mexico, but it’s becoming increasingly scarce in many other areas where oil and gas is produced. “Water is already a crucial issue and will shape the future,” said Emmanuel ...Click Here to Read More.

Houston Chronicle: New rules coming for retiring offshore oil structures & Norwegian Company Plans Underwater ‘factories’ May 6, 2014 | Updated: May 6, 2014 11:06pm by Jennifer A. Dlouhy Tommy Beaudreau says new rules are coming on the decommissioning of old offshore oil infrastructure. New regulations governing the decommissioning of old offshore oil infrastructure are on the ...Click Here to Read More.

Miami Herald: CUBA EMBARGO Revise restrictions to ensure safe oil drilling Posted on Saturday, 05.03.14 BY WILLIAM K. REILLY AND BOB GRAHAM After an unsuccessful round of drilling in 2012 and 2013, Cuba’s oil and gas industry is poised for further deepwater exploration in the Gulf as soon as 2015. As Cuba explores and eventually drills for oil, Florida and neighboring states have a ...Click Here to Read More. Problems At Petrobras Mount As Brazil’s Oil Production Stagnates By Nick Cunningham | Tue, 06 May 2014 22:06 | 0 e For the past 30 years or so, Brazil has increased its oil production every year. Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras, has become a world class producer of offshore drilling technology, which puts it in a good position for ...Click Here to Read More.

Tampa Bay Times: Oil drilling company ordered to shut down second Florida well pending tests Craig Pittman, Times Staff Writer Friday, May 2, 2014 6:40pm State Department of Environmental Protection officials announced Friday they have ordered the Dan A. Hughes Co. to cease operations at a second South Florida well until experts can analyze whether the ...Click Here to Read More.

Platts: BP has record 11 deepwater rigs running in Gulf of Mexico: BP America CEO Houston (Platts)–5May2014/414 pm EDT/2014 GMT Four years after the Macondo oil spill, BP has 11 operated rigs running in the US Gulf of Mexico, the most the company has ever had there at one time, BP America’s CEO said Monday. BP will spend $10 billion over the next five years in ...Click Here to Read More.

Reuters: Bird reproduction collapsed after oil spill Study of shag colonies on Spanish coast shows lingering effect of 2002 Prestige disaster

by Matt Kaplan 30 April 2014 Jose Manuel Ribeiro/REUTERS Volunteer workers drag fuel oil spilled by the Prestige tanker at Muxia beach, in northwestern Spain, in December 2002. Oil spills kill a lot of wildlife quickly, but their long-term effects are hard to establish because to compare the situation before and after a disaster, a study would need to have been already up and running before ...Click Here to Read More.

The Guardian: Methane hydrate reserves under deep ocean bed are ‘enormous’ but challenging to mine, says British Geological Survey Press Association Monday 28 April 2014 A fuel buried under the deep ocean bed off Britain and Ireland could provide a plentiful supply of energy but will be difficult to exploit, an expert said. The gas – known as fire ice – is locked away in the form of ice crystals under the ...Click Here to Read More.

Public Citizen: On the Obama-Abe Summit, Regarding TPP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 24, 2014 9:31 AM CONTACT: Public Citizen Lori Wallach (202) 454-5107 WASHINGTON – April 24 – “Ironically, if missing this do-or-die moment for the TPP seals its demise, then what will be characterized as a failure now may in fact save President Obama’s legacy, given that the TPP would cause more American job offshoring, greater ...Click Here to Read More.

E&E: NAS oil spill report emboldens drilling foes

Margaret Kriz Hobson, E&E reporter Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 A new scientific study that concludes the United States lacks the resources and scientific data necessary to adequately respond to an Arctic oil spill is energizing the environmental community’s campaign to ban oil drilling in the ice-laden waters. The comprehensive National Academy of Sciences report released ...Click Here to Read More.

Energy Wire: Baker Hughes phasing out ‘trade secrets’ in FracFocus disclosure Mike Soraghan, E&E reporter Thursday, April 24, 2014 One of the country’s major providers of hydraulic fracturing services plans to begin disclosing all the chemicals it uses in “fracking” fluid, without exceptions for trade secrets. The policy of Baker Hughes Inc., rolled out quietly on an unheralded ...Click Here to Read More. Gulf Coast fisherman on BP oil spill: ‘The oysters are not recovering’

video at: By Casey Toner | on April 23, 2014 at 4:59 PM The 2010 BP oil spill is still wrecking havoc on some Gulf Coast fisherman, The Huffington Post reports. Byron Encalade, a fisherman, said his business was at a “100 percent loss,” according to the report. “Right now we’re solely ...Click Here to Read More. Oil and gas regulators look to industry to police itself, four years after Deepwater Horizon

great slideshow at: Mobile, Alabama By Michael Finch II | on April 23, 2014 at 6:40 AM, updated April 23, 2014 at 6:49 AM MOBILE, Alabama — Alabama’s beaches are back in business, finding favor with tourists once again. There is, however, still more work to be done. ...Click Here to Read More.

WWNO: Telltale Rainbow Sheens Show Thousands Of Spills Across The Gulf by BOB MARSHALL April 19, 201411:07 AM ET Listen to the Story Weekend Edition Saturday The 300,000 wells drilled in Louisiana are connected by tens of thousands of miles of pipelines that are vulnerable to leaks, like this one in a coastal marsh. Gulf Restoration Network Jonathan Henderson ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: Solar Warriors vs. the Black Snake of Tar Sands Published on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by Winona LaDuke Henry Red Cloud. (Photo: are two very different ways of recognizing Earth Day In the Northern Plains and Washington, perhaps illustrating, what Native people call the choice between two paths, one well scorched and worn, the other green. This past week, ...Click Here to Read More.

Public Four Years After BP’s Deepwater Horizon Dumped 200 Million Gallons of Oil Into Gulf, 50-Plus Citizen Groups Call on EPA to Extend Oil Giant’s Suspension From Government Contracts

Public April 18, 2014 Contacts: Allison Fisher 202-454-5176 Jacolyn Lopez 727-490-9190 WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the approach of the fourth anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf, more than 50 conservation and public interest groups – the majority representing Gulf and Lake Michigan ...Click Here to Read More.

Huffington Post & Associated Press Ohio Earthquakes Linked To Fracking, A First For Region | by JULIE CARR SMYTH Posted: 04/11/2014 7:39 pm EDT Updated: 04/11/2014 7:59 pm EDT COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions ...Click Here to Read More.

AP: The Gulf of Mexico oil spill at a glance WWL AM 870 FM 105.3 Posted: Friday, 18 April 2014 3:13PM April 20 marks the fourth anniversary of an explosion on the BP-operated drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which killed 11 workers about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico and set off the nation’s worst offshore oil disaster. WHAT HAPPENED The ...Click Here to Read More.

Marin Independent Journal: NOAA proposes major expansion of marine sanctuaries off Marin coast By Mark Prado Marin Independent Journal POSTED: 04/18/2014 03:47:46 PM PDT Federal officials are once again floating a plan to protect additional waters off Marin and Sonoma counties with a large-scale expansion of marine sanctuary boundaries. This week the National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...Click Here to Read More.

Tampa Bay Times: Oil company drilling in sanctuary fined $25,000 for violation that could be fracking by Craig Pittman

Craig Pittman, Times Staff Writer Friday, April 18, 2014 7:44pm The Texas company that stirred controversy by applying to drill for oil in Florida panther habitat was doing more with one of its wells than what its state permit allowed. Related News/Archive The Florida Department of Environmental Protection on Friday afternoon revealed that it had fined the Dan A. Hughes Co. $25,000 for ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: Third Report in Three Days Shows Scale of Fracking Perils ‘We can conclude that this process has not been shown to be safe’

Published on Thursday, April 17, 2014 by - Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer March 2013 Annapolis, Maryland rally against fracking (Flickr / Maryland Sierra Club / Creative Commons license)The fracking industry is having a bad week. In the third asssessment in as many days focused on the pollution created by the booming industry, a group of researchers said Wednesday that the controversial oil ...Click Here to Read More.

Undercurrent News: Coast Guard, BP, issue dueling news releases on state of Gulf oil spill recovery Seafood Business News from Beneath the Surface April 17, 2014, 4:03 pm BP said that the “active cleanup” of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill had been brought “to a close” as of Tuesday night, but the Coast Guard begs to differ, stating in response on ...Click Here to Read More.

CBS Evening News: Four years after devastating BP oil spill, scientists search for life in the Gulf CBS Evening News By CHIP REID CBS NEWS April 17, 2014, 7:11 PM It happened four years ago Sunday. A well drilled by the BP oil company blew out, killing 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon rig and unleashing a gusher into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days. Now for the first time since ...Click Here to Read More.

New Jersey 101.5 radio: Seismic Testing Proposal Off NJ Coast Gets Resistance By Ilya Hemlin April 17, 2014 8:36 AM A proposal for seismic testing off the coast of New Jersey is getting pushback from environmental groups and legislators for not only its potential danger to the ocean and the commercial fishing industry, but the possibility of opening the door for offshore oil drilling. (Toniann ...Click Here to Read More.

The New York Times OpEd: The Deepwater Horizon Threat By S. ELIZABETH BIRNBAUM and JACQUELINE SAVITZ

NYTimes Op-Ed 4.17.14 APRIL 16, 2014 image002 5529.jpg 2 Credit Doug Chayka FOUR years ago this Sunday, BP’s Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico blew out, destroying the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, killing 11 workers and setting off an uncontrolled oil gusher lasting 87 days. By the time the flow was stopped, an estimated 200 million gallons of oil had entered the ocean. The harm to ...Click Here to Read More.

The Republic: Offshore drilling rig taking on water but stable after hit by large storm wave off Texas coast & Coast Guard News: CG Monitoring damaged drilling rig in Gulf–Offshore-Rig-Storm-Wave THE ASSOCIATED PRESS April 15, 2014 – 6:55 pm EDT GALVESTON, Texas – An offshore drilling rig is taking on water but is stable after being hit by a large storm wave off the Texas coast. The U.S. Coast Guard says the rig was drilling for oil and gas in 3,000-foot depths around 10 ...Click Here to Read More. 6 Horrible Oil Spills Since Deepwater Horizon That You Probably Didn’t Hear About

By Kristine Wong | 17 hours ago On April 20, 2010, the giant Deepwater Horizon oil rig, owned by Transocean Inc. and operated by BP, exploded some 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, killing 11 crew members before sinking into the Gulf of Mexico two days later. The rig’s underwater well, called Macondo, was 5,000 feet below sea level. The extreme environment-and, ...Click Here to Read More. Study finds high rates of depression, anxiety among Gulf oil spill cleanup workers By Jennifer Larino, | The Times-Picayune on April 11, 2014 at 4:23 PM, updated April 11, 2014 at 4:25 PM Researchers studying the health of nearly 33,000 people who did clean up work during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill say it’s still too early to tell what impact exposure to oil and dispersants ...Click Here to Read More.

Expansion of California Marine Sanctuaries Announced Today

Media Advisory, April 14, 2014 Contact: Richard Charter Senior Fellow, Coastal Coordination Program, The Ocean Foundation 707 875-2345, 707 875-3482, The long-awaited expansion of the Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries northward from Bodega Bay to Pt. Arena, a decision that will add 2700 square miles of protected waters, has been announced ...Click Here to Read More.

The Legal Examiner: BP & The Real State of the Gulf – Pollution Report for Friday, April 11, 2014 New Orleans, Louisiana Posted by Tom Young April 13, 2014 8:30 AM Pensacola Beach was searched by Florida Department of Environmental Protection specialist Joey Whibbs on Friday, April 11, 2014. Whibbs collected 110 BP Deepwater Horizon tar balls weighing nearly three ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: Study: Fracking Emissions Up To 1000x Higher Than EPA Estimates Published on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 New report suggests highly potent greenhouse gas far more prevalent in gas production than previously thought - Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer Marcellus Shale Gas Well, Lawrence County, Penn. (Flickr / WCN247 / Creative Commons license) Natural gas drilling is emitting far higher levels of methane into the ...Click Here to Read More.

Energy & Environment: Oil companies pushed to release more data on offshore drilling

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter Published: Monday, April 14, 2014 Companies involved in offshore oil drilling in federal waters along California’s coast should voluntarily test for chemical leaks and release the information, a state lawmaker said Friday. Providing water quality data would bolster people’s faith that oil companies want to prevent pollution, Assembly member Das ...Click Here to Read More.

Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Federal officials release plans to expand North Coast sanctuaries Santa Rosa, California By GUY KOVNER THE PRESS DEMOCRAT April 14, 2014, 1:19 PM Permanent protection from oil drilling off the Sonoma and southern Mendocino County coast appears imminent, anti-drilling advocates and local officials said Monday, as a federal agency unveiled a plan to expand two protected areas along the ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: In Small Canadian Town Democracy Wins, Tar Sands Loses; Kitimat, British Columbia’s ‘no’ vote follows widespread opposition to Northern Gateway

Published on Monday, April 14, 2014 - Andrea Germanos, staff writer Photo: Stephen Boyle/cc/flickrIn a vote cheered as a victory for democracy, one community in British Columbia has given a flat rejection to a proposed tar sands pipeline. Over 58 percent of voters who headed to the polls in the North Coast municipality of Kitimat on Saturday said “no” to Enbridge’s Northern ...Click Here to Read More.

Global Dashboard: Climate Change Is Not a Debate: It Is a Struggle That Pits Survivors Against Fossil Fuel Profiteers Published on Thursday, April 10, 2014 by Ben Phillips (Credit: Oxfam / cc / Flickr)Climate change is not a debate. The scientists couldn’t be clearer about how real and how harmful it is. But governments are still not basing their commitments on what is needed, and fossil fuel companies remain confidently fossilised in their economic outlook and ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams ‘This Is Not Over’: Gulf Life Still Reeling From Toxic BP Spill Published on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Report on four year anniversary of worst oil disaster in US history details fourteen ailing species - Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer See powerpoint slide show at: ...Click Here to Read More. If This Oil Spill Isn’t Cleaned Up, Endangered Sea Turtles Will Get a Crude Awakening

By John Platt | April 9, 2014 A bale of critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles is swimming through the Gulf of Mexico to nesting sites in Texas, unaware of the danger it may find when it reaches its destination. The turtles are expected to land-and hopefully lay eggs-on Matagorda Island off the coast of Texas in the next two to three weeks. Thing is, Matagorda is ...Click Here to Read More.

KHOU: Texas News–Oil spill clean-up: Ten tons removed from Matagorda Island by Doug Miller / KHOU 11 News Posted on April 8, 2014 at 12:11 AM Updated Tuesday, Apr 8 at 11:26 AM MATAGORDA ISLAND — Amid one of the most important wildlife sanctuaries in America, a place where birds almost always outnumber the few humans venturing to a remote island, ...Click Here to Read More.

National Geographic: Gulf Oil Spill “Not Over”: Dolphins, Turtles Dying in Record Numbers Report warns that 14 species are still struggling from the 2010 disaster. A dead sea turtle lies in oil in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay in 2010. PHOTOGRAPH BY JOEL SARTORE, NATIONAL ...Click Here to Read More.

New Orleans Advocate: Guest commentary: Why is lawsuit such a bad idea? Associated Press photo by Dave Martin — Water washes around the tombs of those buried in a Leeville cemetery, where much of the ground has subsided to barely sea level. by Oliver Houck April 08, 2014 PRINT ARTICLE Louisiana legislators, still searching for a reason to quash the New Orleans levee ...Click Here to Read More. The Lens: Oil and gas industry looking to kill lawsuits from Jefferson, Plaquemines over wetlands By Tyler Bridges, Staff writer April 8th, 2014 A high-profile lawsuit filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection ...Click Here to Read More.

MySanAntonio from the Houston Chronicle: Latest oil incident belies painful truth Photo By Jennifer Reynolds / Galveston County Daily News Oil spill response crews remove absorbent material on the beach in Galveston. About 170,000 gallons of oil spilled into Galveston Bay on March 22. BY MATTHEW TRESAUGUE, HOUSTON CHRONICLE : APRIL 6, 2014 HOUSTON – Shortly before ...Click Here to Read More. U.S. Could Allow Atlantic Offshore Surveying This Year By James Burgess | Mon, 07 April 2014 21:19 | 0 A top Department of Interior official said that the Obama administration may allow oil and gas companies to begin seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean later this year in what would be a first step towards offshore oil exploration. Tommy ...Click Here to Read More.

Daily Mail, UK: Poor management led to Shell grounding By ASSOCIATED PRESS PUBLISHED: 20:13 EST, 3 April 2014 | UPDATED: 20:13 EST, 3 April 2014 * ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Poor risk assessment and management were among factors that led to the grounding of a Shell oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Alaska in 2012, the Coast Guard said in a report ...Click Here to Read More.


Shell was not prepared for the challenges of towing large vessels in the Arctic, the Coast Guard says in a report detailing the Dec. 31, 2012, incident in which the drilling rig Kulluk to run aground while being towed out of Alaska, in part to avoid millions of dollars in state taxes. The report is the latest in a string of bad news for Shell, which said earlier this year it won’t be ...Click Here to Read More.

New Orleans Advocate: Stephanie Grace: Ex-govs agree on worth of lawsuit Photo by Harold Baquet, Loyola University Office of Public Affairs — From left, moderator Lee Zurik with former Govs. Buddy Roemer, Kathleen Blanco and Edwin Edwards at the Institute of Politics Ed Renwick Lecture at Loyola University in New Orleans. BY STEPHANIE GRACE April ...Click Here to Read More.

New Times: DEP Advisory Committee Says No to Oil Drilling in Big Cypress Swamp Broward Palm Beach By Fire Ant Tue., Apr. 1 2014 at 8:51 AM Environmentalists took heart yesterday when a Texas oil company’s request for official permission to drill deep into the Big Cypress watershed got a thumbs-down from an arm of the Department of Environmental Protection. How great was the ...Click Here to Read More.

BOEM Extends Public Comment Period on Environmental Review for Geological and Geophysical Survey Activities Off the Atlantic Coast

Latest on comment extension about the Atlantic Seismic Final PEIS, which includes up to three deep stratigraphic test wells and up to five shallow test wells….. Note to Stakeholders March 31, 2014 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is extending the public comment period for the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for geological and geophysical (G&G) ...Click Here to Read More.

KBTX: Texas A&M-Galveston Scientists Assisting In Oil-Spill Aftermath, Texas A&M Vet Also Involved Bryan, College Station, Texas Posted: Tue 2:54 PM, Apr 01, 2014 By: Texas A&M University GALVESTON, April 1, 2014 – Texas A&M University at Galveston scientists, along with colleagues from the main Texas A&M campus in College Station, ...Click Here to Read More. U.S. review of LNG export plant should weigh shale gas impact -EPA

By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON, March 31 Tue Apr 1, 2014 3:30am IST (Reuters) – The U.S. environmental regulator has raised concerns that a federal review of Sempra Energy’s proposed liquefied natural gas export project did not include an assessment of the potential effects of more natural gas ...Click Here to Read More.

The Press Enterprise: Audio sheds light on Texas oil spill Apr. 1, 2014 8:52 PM ET Houston Chronicle TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) – The captains of the two vessels that collided in the Houston Ship Channel were aware they were perilously close to one another but still failed to avert a spill that dumped ...Click Here to Read More.

E&E: POLITICS: White House plans to patch methane leaks, but uncertainty and opposition exist

Twitter: @evanlehmann | Email: Evan Lehmann and Stephanie Paige Ogburn, E&E reporters Published: Monday, March 31, 2014 The Obama administration’s effort to plug the nation’s methane leaks has rekindled the debate about the role of natural gas in national climate policy, with most environmentalists applauding the effort, while others describe it as an empty ...Click Here to Read More.

Houston Chronicle: Grippando: Russian drilling in Cuban waters presents problems for U.S. By James Grippando | March 29, 2014 | Updated: March 29, 2014 2:41pm Photo By Javier Galeano/STF An exploratory drilling rig sits in the waters off Cuba’s northern coast as fishermen work in Havana Bay, Cuba. An exploratory drilling rig sits in the waters off Cuba’s northern coast as ...Click Here to Read More.

New York TImes: Environment: Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come By JUSTIN GILLISMARCH 30, 2014 Greenland’­s immense ice sheet is melting as a result of climate change. Credit Kadir van Lohuizen for The New York Times YOKOHAMA, Japan — Climate change is already having sweeping effects on every continent and throughout the world’s oceans, ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: Forget Russian Gas, Just Frack Europe: Obama Published on Thursday, March 27, 2014 Obama calls for combination of European fracking and US exports to serve EU energy needs - Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer President of the European commission Jose Manuel Barroso, US president Barack Obama and president of the European council Herman van Rompuy at the summit in Brussels. ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: BP Spill at Tar Sands Refinery Has ‘Crapped Up Lake Michigan’ Published on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Company with tarnished past doubling tar sands processing near major water source - Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer BP oil spill into Lake Michigan (Screengrab: NBC Chicago) Oil giant BP has caused yet another oil spill in a crucial water way this week, following an increase in tar sands refining at its ...Click Here to Read More.

Gulf Seafood Institute: Galveston Re-opens to Vessel Traffic, Oil Still Being Cleaned Up by News Editor / Newsroom Ink March 26, 2014 A Coast Guard response boat patrols the Kirby Barge 27706 during cleanup efforts near the Texas City Dike. The oil spill occurred after a collision between a bulk carrier and the barge. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard by Ed Lallo/Gulf Seafood News Editor Fishing ...Click Here to Read More.

Fox News: Coast Guard aims to reopen Houston ship channel after oil spill

Coast Guard aims to reopen Houston ship channel after oil spill Published March 24, 2014 Associated Press March 23, 2014: Vessels work with skimmers and oil containment booms in Galveston Harbor. Dozens of ships are in evolved in clean-up efforts to remove up to 168,000 gallons of oil that make have spilled into Galveston Bay after a ship and barge collided near the Texas City dike on ...Click Here to Read More.

WECT: Energy Council rep. calls on N.C. to split future offshore oil money with coastal counties Posted: Mar 19, 2014 12:34 PM PDT Wednesday, March 19, 2014 3:34 PM EST Updated: Mar 19, 2014 12:44 PM PDTPM EST By: Justin Smith – email At the Energy Policy Council meeting Wednesday in Raleigh, Frank Gorham introduced a proposal that state lawmakers commit to share ...Click Here to Read More.