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

http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/9df483c5ae244300900c9e999e14980a/TX–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.

Takepart.com: 6 Horrible Oil Spills Since Deepwater Horizon That You Probably Didn’t Hear About

By Kristine Wong | Takepart.com 17 hours ago Takepart.com 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.

Nola.com: Study finds high rates of depression, anxiety among Gulf oil spill cleanup workers

http://www.nola.com/health/index.ssf/2014/04/study_finds_high_rates_of_depr.html By Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com | 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, waterway@monitor.net 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

http://neworleans.legalexaminer.com/toxic-substances/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

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/15-4 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

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20140414/articles/140419753#page=0 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

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/10-2 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

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/09-6 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.

Takepart.com: If This Oil Spill Isn’t Cleaned Up, Endangered Sea Turtles Will Get a Crude Awakening

By John Platt | Takepart.com 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

http://www.khou.com/news/texas-news/Oil-spill-clean-up-Ten-tons-removed-from-Matagorda-Island-254301561.html by Doug Miller / KHOU 11 News khou.com 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

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/04/140408-gulf-oil-spill-animals-anniversary-science-deepwater-horizon-science/?rptregcta=reg_free_np&rptregcampaign=20131016_rw_membership_r1p_us_dr_w#finished 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?

http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/opinion/8843262-171/guest-commentary-why-is-lawsuit 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.

Nola.com The Lens: Oil and gas industry looking to kill lawsuits from Jefferson, Plaquemines over wetlands

http://thelensnola.org/2014/04/07/oil-and-gas-industry-looking-to-kill-parish-level-lawsuits-over-wetlands/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=What+Were+Reading+482014&utm_content=What+Were+Reading+482014+CID_7bcc130f099102606fb58b3991d0566d&utm_source=Email%20C 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

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/environment/article/Latest-oil-incident-belies-painful-truth-5381316.php 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.

OilPrice.com: U.S. Could Allow Atlantic Offshore Surveying This Year

http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/U.S.-Could-Allow-Atlantic-Offshore-Surveying-This-Year.html 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

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-2596487/Poor-management-led-Shell-grounding.html 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.

Politico’s Morning Energy: COAST GUARD IDENTIFIES SHELL’S MISSTEPS THAT LED TO KULLUK ACCIDENT

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

http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/opinion/8729494-171/stephanie-grace-ex-govs-agree-on 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 sgrace@theadvocate.com April ...Click Here to Read More.

New Times: DEP Advisory Committee Says No to Oil Drilling in Big Cypress Swamp

http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2014/04/big_cypress_swamp_advisory_com.php 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

http://www.kbtx.com/home/headlines/Texas-AM-Galveston-Scientists-Assisting-In-Oil-Spill-Aftermath-Texas-AM-Vet-Also-Involved-253429461.html 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.

Reuters.com: 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 http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/03/31/sempra-cameron-environment-idINL1N0MS0TS20140331 (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

http://hosted2.ap.org/CARIE/6b85546689744819aa7a64cd3ca6cee6/Article_2014-04-01-Texas%20Bay-Oil%20Spill-Audio/id-92cc55e1b7f5406abb7b01a8cde3ddbf 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: elehmann@eenews.net 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.

http://www.chron.com/opinion/outlook/article/Grippando-Russian-drilling-in-Cuban-waters-5359932.php 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

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/31/science/earth/panels-warning-on-climate-risk-worst-is-yet-to-come.html?_r=1 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

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/27-2 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’

https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/26-4 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

http://gulfseafoodnews.com/2014/03/26/galveston-re-opens-vessel-traffic-oil-still-cleaned/ 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

http://www.wect.com/story/25019542/energy-council-rep-calls-on-nc-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.

Several articles about Seismic testing in Gulf of California and beached whales, including lawsuit to stop NSF-owned ship from testing

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/judge-stop-whale-harming-research/ BySUE CHANAPOctober 16, 2002, 4:56 PM Judge: Stop Whale-Harming Research A federal judge ordered the National Science Foundation on Monday to stop firing sound blasts into the Gulf of California because it harms whales. Magistrate Judge James Larson sided with conservationists who said sound blasts used to map the ocean floor have ...Click Here to Read More.

RESCHEDULED: Oversight Hearing on “Energy Independence: Domestic Opportunities to Reverse California’s Growing Dependence on Foreign Oil”

Friday, April 4, 2014 9:30 AM Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources 1334 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515HEARING RESCHEDULED * * * Oversight Hearing on: “Energy Independence: Domestic Opportunities to Reverse California’s Growing Dependence on Foreign Oil” Witnesses and Testimony: PANEL I A witness list will be posted here once it has been ...Click Here to Read More.

Chesapeake Climate Action Network: National Environmental Leaders Tell President Obama: Pell-Mell Rush to Export Gas Would Significantly Undercut U.S. Climate Action

For Immediate Release March 18, 2014 Contact: Kelly Trout, 240-396-2022, kelly@chesapeakeclimate.org Mike Tidwell, 240-460-5838, mtidwell@chesapeakeclimate.org Leaders of 16 national and regional groups call on the president to reverse course-and order a full review of the ‘Cove Point’ LNG export project in Maryland as a first step in the right direction WASHINGTON, D.C.- Leaders of ...Click Here to Read More.

Obama Administration to Offer 40 Million Acres in the Gulf of Mexico for Oil and Gas Development–first lease in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico since 2008

“Lease Sale 231 in the Central Planning Area and Lease Sale 225 in the Eastern Planning Area will be held consecutively in New Orleans, Louisiana, on March 19, 2014.” http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/obama-administration-to-offer-40-million-acres-in-the-gulf-of-mexico-for-oil-and-gas-development.cfm Department of Interior Final Notice of Sales for Central and Eastern Planning ...Click Here to Read More.

Truthout: Contaminated Water Supplies, Health Concerns Accumulate With Fracking Boom in Pennsylvania

http://truth-out.org/news/item/22407-contaminated-water-supplies-health-concerns-accumulate-with-fracking-boom-in-pennsylvania Friday, 14 March 2014 09:28 By Roger Drouin, Truthout | News Analysis An open wastewater impoundment in Washington County, Pa. (Photo: Vanessa Lamers) As the first official research is published that confirms water contamination by hydraulic fracturing, an alarming ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: Thousands Confront Governor Jerry Brown: ‘Don’t Frack with California!’

Published on Monday, March 17, 2014 Diverse coalition rallies in Sacramento to demand statewide moratorium on dangerous gas drilling - Lauren McCauley, staff writer Anti-fracking protesters unfurled a banner outside the California capitol building Saturday calling on Governor Jerry Brown to put a halt to fracking in the state. (Photo: Rae Breaux, Don’t Frack CA/ Flickr)Thousands of ...Click Here to Read More.

Phys.Org: Researcher finds methane from oil spill has entered food web

http://phys.org/news/2014-03-methane-oil-food-web.html Mar 13, 2014 When millions of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, so did large volumes of methane, or natural gas. Now, researchers from Florida State University and Florida A&M University have confirmed that methane-derived carbon has entered the Gulf’s food web through tiny organic particles floating ...Click Here to Read More.

New York Times ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT U.S. Agrees to Allow BP Back Into Gulf Waters to Seek Oil

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/14/business/energy-environment/epa-to-lift-suspension-of-oil-leases-for-bp.html?hpw&rref=business&_r=0 By CLIFFORD KRAUSSMARCH 13, 2014 HOUSTON – Four years after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion, BP is being welcomed back to seek new oil leases in the Gulf of Mexico. An agreement on Thursday with the Environmental Protection Agency lifts a 2012 ...Click Here to Read More.

Savingseafood.org: NORTH CAROLINA: Carolina Beach Adopts Resolution Opposing Seismic Air Gun Testing

http://www.savingseafood.org/state-and-local/north-carolina-carolina-beach-adopts-resolution-opposing-seismic-air-gun-te-2.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SavingSeafoodRss+%28Saving+Seafood%29 BASE Boston Serving Seafood March 5, 2014 — CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. — The Carolina Beach Town Council unanimously adopted a resolution at their February ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams via PRWatch.org: Oil Industry Conjures Illusion of Public Support for KXL Using ALEC Politicians

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/12-7 Published on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by by Nick Surgey According to documents obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), the American Petroleum Institute (API) and other oil industry groups have been directing state legislators to make public and legislative statements in favor of the pipeline project. Millions of U.S. citizens have ...Click Here to Read More.

Oceana: Bradley Beach town council takes action concerning Seismic Airgun Blasts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12, 2014 Contact: Nancy Pyne 202.467.1903 or npyne@oceana.org Seismic Airgun Testing Threatens Marine Life and Coastal Economies Bradley Beach, NJ – Last night, the Bradley Beach town council met to discuss the proposed use of seismic airguns, which are currently being considered to search for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean floor in an area twice ...Click Here to Read More.

Wild West Oil Boom Video of the Week from Gasland Grassroots, Dakota Resource Council

This week, we’d like to share the film This Is Our Country: Living with the Wild West Oil Boom by the Dakota Resource Council. Like many of the families in the GASLAND films, the people of North Dakota are seeing their livelihoods destroyed in the mad race to extract oil and gas. Please watch and share this incredible film that shows the true cost of extreme energy extraction. Watch This ...Click Here to Read More.

Press Democrat.com: President Obama designates Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands a national monument (w/video)

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20140311/articles/140319932 President Barack Obama signs a document proclaiming the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands as part of the California Coastal National Monument during a signing ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. From left are: Scott Schneider, President and CEO, Visit Mendocino County Inc.; ...Click Here to Read More.

Press Telegram: Long Beach to be site of anti-fracking rally on Wednesday

http://www.presstelegram.com/business/20140310/long-beach-to-be-site-of-anti-fracking-rally-on-wednesday By Andrew Edwards, Press-Telegram POSTED: 03/10/14, 8:23 PM PDT | LONG BEACH >> Environmentalists will demand the California Coastal Commission order a stop to the fracking of offshore oil wells on Wednesday during a demonstration at City Hall in which protesters plan to cover themselves in ...Click Here to Read More.

NJ.com Star-Ledger: Renewed search for offshore oil along Atlantic coast raises concerns in NJ

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2014/03/renewed_search_for_offshore_oil_along_atlantic_coast_raises_concerns_in_nj.html An oil exploration surveying ship towing an air gun and acoustic receivers used to search for undersea oil and gas formations through seismic shock waves. The oil industry is looking to resume exploration in the Atlantic, south of New Jersey, for the first time in 30 years. ...Click Here to Read More.

Bradenton.com–Bradenton Herald Editorial: Florida still in grip of 2010 BP oil spill

http://www.bradenton.com/2014/03/11/5039425/florida-still-in-grip-of-2010.html BY BRADENTON HERALD EDITORIAL March 11, 2014 Updated 2 hours ago The offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon burns in the Gulf of Mexico April 21, 2010. A huge oil slick remained offshore and largely stationary two weeks later, which helped cleanup efforts. JON T. FRITZ/MCT JON T. FRITZ – MCT A confluence of ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: New England on ‘High Alert’ After Canadian Pipeline Reversal Approved

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/07-4 Published on Friday, March 7, 2014 Environmental groups raise alarm over potential transport of tar sands oil from western regions to New England coast - Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer Enbridge buried pipeline marker (Adam Scott/Environmental Defense)The tar sands oil industry scored a regulatory victory on Thursday when the Canadian National ...Click Here to Read More.

South Florida Wildlands Assn: Showdown this Tuesday on Oil Well Next to the Florida Panther Refuge!

Dear Friends, For those concerned about the prospect of an oil well adjacent to the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Florida – and in close proximity to the rural community of Golden Gate Estates – three meetings will be held this Tuesday, March 11th, at the Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, Florida 34116-6901. Map to the location ...Click Here to Read More.

Broomberg.com: BP Is Biggest Loser Among U.S. Government Contractors

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-10/bp-is-biggest-loser-among-u-s-government-contractors.html By Jonathan D. Salant and Kathleen Miller – Mar 10, 2014 BP Plc (BP/), once the Pentagon’s top fuel supplier, is now the biggest loser among U.S. government vendors. A combination of no big contracts awarded and promised military work withdrawn left BP with a net loss of $654 million ...Click Here to Read More.

Senate Energy Committee Special Report: Obstacles and Opportunities

The Bobbsey Twins (Richard A. Bloom) By Amy Harder and Ben Geman March 6, 2014 Mary Landrieu and Lisa Murkowski have a lot in common. Both senators come from energy-rich states. Both come from political families. Both have endured major political challenges, only to emerge in leadership positions. It’s true that Landrieu is a Democrat and Murkowski a Republican, but both have come to head ...Click Here to Read More.

EPA notice on rules for confidentiality on GHG emissions from oil and gas operations:

EPA reporting public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2014-04408.pdf ACTION: Proposed rule. SUMMARY: The EPA is proposing revisions and confidentiality determinations for the petroleum and natural gas systems source category and the general provisions of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule. In particular, the EPA is proposing to revise certain calculation methods, amend certain monitoring and data ...Click Here to Read More.

WLOX: Florida files suit against BP related to 2010 Gulf oil spill

http://www.wlox.com/ Posted: Mar 06, 2014 12:01 PM EST Updated: Mar 06, 2014 12:01 PM EST PANAMA CITY, FL (AP) – Florida has joined a multi-state lawsuit stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, seeking to hold British oil company BP accountable for damage to the state’s natural resources. The complaint was filed Wednesday in Panama City federal court by the state’s ...Click Here to Read More.

The Advocate: Committee being formed to promote Gulf drilling

http://theadvocate.com/news/business/8549424-123/committee-being-formed-to-promote Wednesday, March 5, 2014 Advocate staff report A new offshore committee is being formed by the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association to promote energy production and responsible development of energy resources in the Gulf of Mexico. The initiative will be coordinated by consultant Lori LeBlanc, of Lori ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: Keystone XL to be Much Worse for Climate than State Department Says: Report. Key report refutes State Department Keystone XL review

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/04-6 Published on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer Overpass Light Brigade ‏holds this #XLDissent message in front of White House Mar 2, 2014. (Photo via Twitter / @OLBLightBrigade)The development of the Keystone XL pipeline would have far greater ramifications for the climate than was highlighted in the State ...Click Here to Read More.

DECOM: Innovator platform in Gomez field successfully decommissioned

http://social.decomworld.com/projects-and-technologies/innovator-platform-gomez-field-successfully-decommissioned?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fuk.decomworld.com%2ffc_nei_decomlz%2f&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Decomworld+e-brief+0503&utm_term=%0D%0DTurn+offshore+platforms+into+fish+farms%2c+urges+Malaysian+academic+%0D%0D+&utm_content=234364 6th Annual Decommissioning & ...Click Here to Read More.

Turn offshore platforms into fish farms, urges Malaysian academic

http://social.decomworld.com/projects-and-technologies/turn-offshore-platforms-fish-farms-urges-malaysian-academic?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fuk.decomworld.com%2ffc_nei_decomlz%2f&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Decomworld+e-brief+0503&utm_term=%0D%0DTurn+offshore+platforms+into+fish+farms%2c+urges+Malaysian+academic+%0D%0D+&utm_content=234364 By Rod Sweet on Mar 5, 2014 Oil and ...Click Here to Read More.

Southern Studies: The growing fight against oil and gas exploration off the NC coast

http://www.southernstudies.org/2014/03/the-growing-fight-against-oil-and-gas-exploration-.html North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) recently took time away from dealing with a water contamination disaster caused by dirty coal power to make the case for opening his state up to yet another player in the dirty energy industry. Last Monday, while his administration continued to grapple with Duke ...Click Here to Read More.

Platts.com: US DOE OKs FTA application for ConocoPhillips’ Alaska LNG project

http://www.platts.com/latest-news/natural-gas/washington/us-doe-oks-fta-application-for-conocophillips-21279165 Washington (Platts)–28Feb2014/225 pm EST/1925 GMT The US Department of Energy has approved an application by ConocoPhillips to ship the equivalent of 40 Bcf of natural gas as liquefied natural gas over a two-year period from its plant on the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage to ...Click Here to Read More.

National Review: Keystone XL pipeline protesters tie themselves to White House fence as police arrest dozens of people, photos

http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/03/02/keystone-xl-pipeline-protesters-tie-themselves-to-white-house-fence-as-police-arrest-dozens-of-people/ Emily Stephenson, Reuters | March 2, 2014 6:38 PM ET Several hundred students and youth who marched from Georgetown University to the White House to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline are arrested outside the White House in Washington, Sunday, March 2, ...Click Here to Read More.

The Ledger: Endangered And Drained In Polk. Oil Drilling On Land In Florida Is Controversial, Too

http://environment.blogs.theledger.com/13676/oil-drilling-on-land-in-florida-is-controversial-too/ Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 5:43 by Tom Palmer Most of the talk about oil drilling in Florida has involved concerns about spills from offshore rigs despoiling our beaches and chasing away tourists. The recent news that marine life as far south of the southwest coast of Florida was affected by the ...Click Here to Read More.

Newsweek: Oil Prospectors Seek Their Next Big Strike in South Florida’s Everglades

http://mag.newsweek.com/2014/02/28/oil-prospectors-seek-next-big-strike-south.html#.UxM82PhhCIQ.email By Victoria Bekiempis / February 27, 2014 2:18 PM EST Prospectors are looking for untapped regions in areas like Florida, near a habitat for an endangered panther. Imke Lass/Redux The letter was printed on plain white paper in plain black type, and but for its unfamiliar globe logo “Total ...Click Here to Read More.

Christian Science Monitor: IEA chief: Only a decade left in US shale boom

www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2014/0228/IEA-chief-Only-a-decade-left-in-US-shale-boom 28 February 2014 By David J. Unger, Staff writer The United States is awash in hydrocarbons, the result of good geology, supportive prices, a favorable regulatory and investment climate, and technology innovation. But the US energy boom is temporary, and not easy to replicate in other parts of ...Click Here to Read More.

Florida Today: Guest column: Seismic testing could harm marine life…East Coast research aimed at identifying oil, gas deposits

http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20140228/COLUMNISTS0205/302280004/Guest-column-Seismic-testing-could-harm-marine-life?gcheck=1&nclick_check=1 Feb. 27, 2014 | 11 Comments Hands Across the Sand, sponsored by the Cocoa Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, will take place May 17 at Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach. / FLORIDA TODAY FILE Written by Jackie Beatty, Guest columnist The ...Click Here to Read More.

Examiner.com: Los Angeles joins Dallas, NY, VT, Colorado cities trend to halt fracking

http://www.examiner.com/article/los-angeles-joins-dallas-ny-vt-colorado-cities-trend-to-halt-fracking February 28, 2014 Los Angeles, CA – The Los Angeles City Council was unanimous in its support of a motion for a moratorium on fracking this morning after over 100 presentations were made by its residents who reported complaints ranging from nose bleeds, to headaches, to cracks in their ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: 350.org Reaction to State Department Inspector General Report on KXL–This Sunday, nearly 1,000 youth will protest outside Secretary Kerry’s house in Washington before risking arrest in a sit-in at the White House

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/02/27 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 27, 2014 8:05 AM CONTACT: 350.org WASHINGTON – February 27 – Pipeline opponents are pledging to turn up the heat on Secretary Kerry in reaction to the State Department’s Inspector General report. The report confirms that the State Department knowingly hired a tar sands industry contractor to assess the ...Click Here to Read More.

OceanLeadership.org: Still-Fresh Remnants of Exxon Valdez Oil 25 Years after Oil Spill, Found Protected by Boulders

http://oceanleadership.org/still-fresh-remnants-exxon-valdez-oil-25-years-oil-spill-found-protected-boulders/ Posted on Thursday, February 27th, 2014 at 1:52 pm Twenty-five years after the infamous Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, beaches on the Alaska Peninsula hundreds of kilometers from the incident still harbor small hidden pockets of surprisingly unchanged oil, according to ...Click Here to Read More.

EPA moves to protect Bristol Bay fishery from Pebble Mine — Agency action begins process to prevent damage to world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery

While the announcement just now by EPA does not have direct implications for protecting Bristol Bay from offshore drilling, EPA’s recognition and acknowledgement of the world-class salmon stocks there can’t hurt …..Richard Charter _______ Release Date: 02/28/2014 Contact Information: Hanady Kader, EPA Public Affairs, 206-553-0454, kader.hanady@epa.gov (Washington, D.C.-Feb. ...Click Here to Read More.

E&E: Passing the baton in oil spill research on the Gulf Coast; Students find 1250 lb Tar mat found on Pensacola Beach (with images)

FDEP Monitoring Report_02.27.14_FLES2-005_SOM Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute picked a perfect day to go to Pensacola Beach. Our DEP boys found a 1250 lb Tarmat. Had to remove it by hand, since bp clean up team, OSRO, wasn’t allowed into waist high water to mitigate. Captain Walker, former FOSC is supposed to be there tomorrow AM. BP is working on getting long arm excavator to ...Click Here to Read More.

Miami Herald: Feds support air gun blasts to find Atlantic oil, gas

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/02/27/3963572/feds-support-air-gun-blasts-to.html Thursday, 2/27/14 A study of what the controversial seismic tests would do to whales, dolphins and fish is on track for release at the end of February, an Interior Department official told lawmakers on Friday. Pictured is a North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis). GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES / ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams, The Guardian: Why We Need an Outright Ban on Fracking–Convicted on Monday after supergluing herself to a fellow anti-fracking protester at Balcombe in the UK, activist says more people should stand up against the risks

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/26-7 Published on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by The Guardian by Natalie Hynde Fracking protest at Balcombe, West Sussex. ‘Taking part in non-violent direct action will cause the investors to think twice.’ Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian. Getting arrested for taking part in direct action at Balcombe was the most liberating ...Click Here to Read More.

UPI.com: Report: ‘Perfect storm’ of oil risks in U.S. arctic waters

http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Resources/2014/02/27/Report-Perfect-storm-of-oil-risks-in-US-arctic-waters/UPI-42481393502191/#ixzz2uXBx1UCL Feb. 27, 2014 at 6:56 AM | WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) — With Shell uncertain about its future in U.S. arctic waters, a consortium of environmental advocacy groups said the region presents a “perfect storm of risks.” Shell Chief ...Click Here to Read More.

E&E: Enviros petition EPA to ban chemical discharges off Calif. coast

Scott Streater, E&E reporter Published: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 An environmental group wants U.S. EPA to ban the discharge of chemicals off the California coastline that are used by some offshore oil and gas drilling operators as part of the hydraulic fracturing process. The Center for Biological Diversity today submitted the 44-page petition to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and ...Click Here to Read More.

Times-Picayune: BP begins oil production at major Gulf of Mexico deepwater hub

http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2014/02/bp_begins_oil_production_at_ma.html BP’s Na Kika offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico in November 2013. The company said it started new oil production at the platform on Feb. 19, 2014. (BP p.l.c.) By Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune on February 25, 2014 at 4:31 PM, updated February 25, 2014 at 4:32 PM BP has started ...Click Here to Read More.

Washington Post: McAuliffe will join coalition pushing for off-shore drilling

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/02/24/mcauliffe-will-join-coalition-pushing-for-off-shore-drilling/ BY REID WILSON February 24 at 10:56 am www.washingtonpos/2662DBD5.jpg Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.) (Mike Theiler/Reuters) Governors from Mid-Atlantic and Gulf Coast states, including Virginia’s Terry McAuliffe (D), urged Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Monday to ...Click Here to Read More.

Thinkprogress.org: Oil Spill Shuts Down 65 Miles Of The Mississippi River

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/02/24/3321621/oil-spill-mississippi-river/# BY KATIE VALENTINE ON FEBRUARY 24, 2014 AT 9:10 AM An oil spill has shut down 65 miles of the Mississippi River in New Orleans, as authorities work to clean up the oil. The spill occurred on Saturday when a barge carrying oil crashed into a tugboat between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Authorities closed the ...Click Here to Read More.

News.gnom.es: Oil-drilling demonstrations fill Castellon, Palma and Ibiza

http://news.gnom.es/news/oil-drilling-demonstrations-fill-castellon-palma-and-ibiza PROTESTERS from all over Valencia, the Costa Blanca and the Balearic Islands took to the streets yesterday (Saturday) to publicly condemn plans to drill for oil in the Mediterranean between the two regions. Around 20,000 people turned out – 3,000 in Palma de Mallorca, 12,000 in Ibiza town and 5,000 in ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: Historic Rally Challenges Fracking Export Industry in Maryland; Protesters march against LNG export terminal and ‘planet-wrecking vision of new fracking wells, pipelines, and compressors’

Published on Friday, February 21, 2014 - Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer (Photo: Chesapeake Climate Action Network) A natural gas export terminal being proposed near a small coastal town in Maryland would increase toxic gas fracking operations around the region, hurt the environment, speed up climate change, and do little for “energy independence” in the United States, campaigners ...Click Here to Read More.

Oceana: 100+ Scientists Urge Obama to Wait on New Science before Permitting the Use of Seismic Airguns in the Atlantic Ocean New Science is Essential to Protecting Marine Life from Seismic Testing for Oil and Gas

http://bit.ly/1mwFDIu FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 21, 2014 12:12 PM CONTACT: Oceana Dustin Cranor, 202.341.2267 or dcranor@oceana.org WASHINGTON – February 21 – Today, more than 100 marine scientists and conservation biologists sent a letter to President Obama and his administration urging them to “use the best available science before permitting seismic surveys for offshore ...Click Here to Read More.

Business Insider–REUTERS: California’s fracking opponents introduce new moratorium bill

http://www.businessinsider.com/r-californias-fracking-opponents-introduce-new-moratorium-bill-2014-21 RORY CARROLL, REUTERS FEB. 21, 2014, 6:01 PM 8 By Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California lawmakers have unveiled a new bill that would halt fracking and other controversial oil extraction practices in the state until a comprehensive review of their impact is complete, ...Click Here to Read More.

E&E: Interior proposes near-doubling of spill liability cap

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter Published: Friday, February 21, 2014 The Interior Department today announced plans to nearly double the current $75 million oil spill liability cap for offshore oil and gas development to keep pace with inflation, marking the cap’s first increase since passage of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. The proposed rule, which environmentalists called long overdue, ...Click Here to Read More.

Politifact The Truth-O-Meter Says: On oil drilling off Florida’s coast: Charlie Crist mostly opposed oil drilling except in 2008 he called for a study of it

http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2014/feb/20/charlie-crist/charlie-crist-mostly-opposed-oil-drilling-except-2/ Tampa Bay Times, Miami Herald Charlie Crist on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 in newspaper articles In April 2010, Deepwater Horizon exploded, resulting in a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The spill raised questions about policy positions on oil drilling for ...Click Here to Read More.

Blog.Cleanenergy.org: Local Biz Owners Say Offshore Drilling is Bad for Business

http://blog.cleanenergy.org/2014/02/19/local-biz-owners-say-offshore-drilling-is-bad-for-business/ February 19th, 2014 by Chris Carnevale Who knows what good and bad for business on the coast better than the coastal businesses? And the coastal businesses know that offshore drilling is bad for business. Pleasure Island Rentals in Carolina Beach, NC stands against seismic testing for offshore ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: Promises of Prosperity, Fracking Delivers Devastating Toxic Emissions New investigative report highlights the impact of the drilling boom on Texas residents

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/18-3 Published on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by - Lauren McCauley, staff writer Fracking flares around the Eagle Ford Shale sit just meters from area residences. (Photo: Earthworks/ Creative Commons/ Flickr)Residents living near the Eagle Ford Shale were promised riches and jobs when the fracking boom exploded in their region of southern Texas. ...Click Here to Read More.

The Virginian-Pilot: Crucial study nears for offshore drilling in Virginia

http://hamptonroads.com/2014/02/crucial-study-nears-offshore-drilling-virginia By Bill Bartel © February 19, 2014 Drilling for gas and oil off Virginia’s coast is still forbidden, but proponents hope a federal study due within two weeks will let them at least start looking for places to set up drilling rigs. Industry officials are seeking federal permits to conduct seismic testing ...Click Here to Read More.

Irish Independent: UK’s Nebula gets licence to explore Irish Sea fracking

http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/uks-nebula-gets-licence-to-explore-irish-sea-fracking-30012998.html EPA to investigate whether State should also permit practice Nick Webb – 16 February 2014 While ‘fracking’ may not be permitted in Ireland, UK-based Nebula Resources is planning a venture to look for shale gas in the Irish Sea. A company run by one of the ...Click Here to Read More.

Radio New Zealand: Anti-oil protesters take to the beaches and other similar articles

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/236284/anti-oil-protesters-take-to-the-beaches Radio New Zealand: Anti-oil protesters take to the beaches Updated at 10:07 pm on 15 February 2014 Greenpeace says beach demonstrations around the South Island on Saturday are a clear message New Zealanders don’t want offshore drilling. The Texan company Anadarko is about to begin drilling its first test ...Click Here to Read More.

State Impact–Energy and Environment Reporting for Texas: Fracking with Acid: Unknown Quantities Injected in Texas

http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2014/02/12/fracking-with-acid/ FEBRUARY 12, 2014 | 6:30 AM BY DAVE FEHLING COURTESY OSHA Acid solutions are trucked to drill sites and injected deep underground Read about the history of oil drilling in Texas and you’ll find references to how wildcatters would pour barrels of hydrochloric acid into their wells. The acid would eat through underground rock ...Click Here to Read More.

Miami Herald: Way cleared for medical claims in 2010 BP spill

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/02/13/3933403/way-cleared-for-medical-claims.html#storylink=cpy Miami Herald > Business > Business Breaking News Posted on Thursday, 02.13.14 By KEVIN McGILL Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court has cleared the way for thousands of workers to be compensated for medical treatment for exposure to crude oil or chemical dispersants during ...Click Here to Read More.

EcoWatch: Scientist Takes a Closer Look at the Deep-Sea Impacts of BP Gulf Oil Spill

http://ecowatch.com/2014/02/12/deep-sea-impacts-bp-gulf-oil-spill/ Ocean Conservancy | February 12, 2014 8:33 am By Alexis Baldera Most images related to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster are of oil floating on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico or washing up on its shores, but what has happened in the deep-sea environment? Dr. Paul Montagna of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi ...Click Here to Read More.

Monterey County Weekly: Judge allows oil test well near Pinnacles; lawyer says fracking is already happening, just not here.

http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/archives/2014/0130/article_897746d8-8953-11e3-b185-001a4bcf6878.html Robert Parry The first test well at Project Indian was drilled on Jan. 24. Steam injection can’t start under permitting for a propane-fired steam generator is completed. Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 12:00 am Sara Rubin Oil executive Armen Nahabedian isn’t inclined to take ...Click Here to Read More.

Otago Daily Times New Zealand: Protesters exhorted to ‘say no’

http://www.odt.co.nz/regions/north-otago/291615/protesters-exhorted-say-no By David Bruce on Fri, 14 Feb 2014 The Regions: North Otago Greenpeace hopes thousands will flock to protests in the South Island tomorrow to oppose deep-sea oil drilling off the Otago coast. Individual communities, under the umbrella of Greenpeace’s ”Banners on the Beach” campaign to ”say no to ...Click Here to Read More.