Progress Florida: Sign Petition to Support S.B. 166 to Ban Fracking in Florida

The oil and gas lobbyists will stop at nothing to open up our state to fracking, endangering our communities. As a member of the Florida Senate who represents a district that includes our beloved Everglades, I see fracking as a real and immediate threat to our state, and that’s why I need your help. Sign the petition urging my colleagues in the Florida Legislature to support SB 166, which ...Click Here to Read More.

Center for Biologic Diversity: Urgent: Tell the Senate to Stop Keystone XL Now

We’ve reached a critical moment in our fight against the Keystone XL pipeline. On Tuesday the U.S. Senate will decide whether to force through an approval of this dirty and dangerous project — and we urgently need your help to stop it. The threat has never been so real. The usual Republican supporters of Keystone may be joined by some Democrats who are supported by Big Oil, ...Click Here to Read More.

Mediaite.com: Why Obama Should Veto the Keystone XL Pipeline

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/why-obama-should-veto-the-keystone-xl-pipeline/ by Matt Wilstein | 2:52 pm, November 14th, 2014 VIDEO 444 On Friday afternoon, the House of Representatives voted for the ninth time to approve a bill directing President Barack Obama to take action on the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf of ...Click Here to Read More.

The Hill: Opinion | Op-Ed Offshore drilling — the Keystone pipeline of the sea by David Helvarg

http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/222144-offshore-drilling-the-keystone-pipeline-of-the-sea While half a million people marched in New York and across the nation for climate action this fall and the U.S. launched a new air war in the oil-rich Middle East, President Obama moved forward on one of his least noted but potentially highest impact energy decisions. Beginning this past summer the ...Click Here to Read More.

DECOM WORLD: Deepwater decommissioning up to four times more costly, study finds

http://social.decomworld.com/structures-and-maintenance/deepwater-decommissioning-four-times-more-costly-study-finds#sthash.fijblcu8.dpuf By Rod Sweet on Apr 30, 2014 A new report on the Gulf of Mexico decommissioning market finds that costs rise sharply in water depths greater than 200ft (61m). Structure decommissioning ranges from $3-5 million in water depths less than 200ft, to $15-20 ...Click Here to Read More.

AP: New $3.7B gas line proposed for Ala., Ga., Fla.

Ray Henry, The Associated Press 1:05 p.m. EDT October 11, 2014 (Photo: Todd Stone, APA) 20 CONNECT 13 TWEET 2 LINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE ATLANTA (AP) — A proposal to build a $3.7 billion pipeline system carrying natural gas into Florida is raising complaints from Georgia residents — including media mogul Ted Turner — who say they’d face environmental costs while others ...Click Here to Read More.

Gulf Seafood Institute: Gulf Restoration Plan Announced by NOAA

by News Editor / Newsroom Ink October 9, 2014 A Gulf restoration plan has been announced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees. Photo: NOAA by Ed Lallo/Gulf Seafood News Editor Phase III Early Restoration Project Locations Map: NOAA A formal Record of Decision to implement a Gulf restoration plan has been announced by the ...Click Here to Read More.

E&E: $627M in Restoration Projects Receive Final Approval & Al.com: Oil spill recovery projects: Lots of ideas, but all will not get funded

E&E   $627M in restoration projects receive final approval Annie Snider, E&E reporter Published: Friday, October 3, 2014 Hundreds of millions of dollars will soon be flowing to the Gulf Coast after the largest tranche of restoration projects related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill today received its final go-ahead. Federal and state officials charged with studying the effects of ...Click Here to Read More.

Truthout: Better Oversight and Less Drilling Needed to Protect the Gulf (video)

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/26051-better-oversight-and-less-drilling-needed-to-protect-the-gulf Monday, 08 September 2014 11:50 By Jessica Desvarieux, The Real News Network | Video Interview   TRANSCRIPT: JESSICA DESVARIEUX, TRNN PRODUCER: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Jessica Desvarieux in Baltimore. Who can forget the images of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig ...Click Here to Read More.

Nola.com: Coal, petroleum coke debris found in Plaquemines marsh restoration projects

Times-Picayune Black spots in the mix of sediment and water leaving a mile-long pipeline connected to a dredge in the Mississippi River are small chunks of coal. (Photo by Brett Duke, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) (Brett Duke, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)     By Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune   on September 02, 2014 at 5:30 PM, updated September 02, 2014 ...Click Here to Read More.

Bellona.org.: Crushing oyster harvest in Gulf devastating fishermen as science tries to determine if oil or water is to blame

http://bellona.org/news/fossil-fuels/oil/2014-08-crushing-oyster-harvest-gulf-devastating-fishermen-science-tries-determine-oil-water-blame Fossil fuels, Oil DELACROIX, Louisiana – Stanley Encalade, 54, an out-of-work oysterman doing odd jobs on boats along highway 300 running through what’s formerly some of the world’s most fertile oyster territory in this state’s St. Bernard ...Click Here to Read More.

Pensacola News Journal: BP’s cleanup promise broken; oil visible on beache

FNP 12:09 a.m. EDT August 8, 2014 The costs and energies of supervising the cleanup of a mess that we did not make should not rest entirely on our shoulders. (Photo: Special to news-press.com) Story Highlights BP initially paid Florida $50 million for oil monitoring and cleanup. The continued work is now financed by state taxpayers. 1032 CONNECTTWEET 3 LINKEDIN 2 ...Click Here to Read More.

Decomworld: BOP leak causes 25-day halt for Sevan Drilling in Gulf of Mexico

http://social.decomworld.com/projects-and-technologies/bop-leak-causes-25-day-halt-sevan-drilling-gulf-mexico?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fus.decomworld.com%2ffc_nei_decomlz%2f&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Decomworld+e-brief+2008&utm_term=DecomWorld+e-brief&utm_content=236075&gator_td=oVY2Um4dikhcF1X%2fN2G0dV5aOTy6vjkJlKMMaKMZdRZ74ohSjjcH4Dq0rSGiH8lDDsuL8OSl2e%2bfBOnmsevPLrIQr0F25i5an1p%2fKqwgSGzocE%2frvWRUQD9Zi8Q9nnYqIADt3gThoCCzaPrfoYWAH2Hwm1zXciJGNY6dtWSWiZIT2ZzOIclvqmB41k%2fs%2biMbKS%2fFu4RBJ4JRukWzR2sSRUjjUVyPQBHdF%2fU3kMO%2f1hUknGJQnvDYM620Gq5APavo#sthash.ehSISEnu.dpuf  August ...Click Here to Read More.

E&E: Advocates press for restoration beyond the shoreline

Annie Snider, E&E reporter Published: Monday, August 25, 2014 The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill happened, as its name suggests, in the deep water of the Gulf of Mexico. But even though the bluewater ecosystem bore the brunt of the damage, projects to restore habitat and species there have not done well in the competition for funding so far. To be sure, only a fraction of the restoration ...Click Here to Read More.

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company to Pay Civil Penalty Under Proposed Settlement for Torbert, Louisiana Oil Spill

Contact: Jennifer Colaizzi (News Media only) jennifer.colaizzi@epa.gov (202) 564-7776 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 26, 2014 Settlement Resolves Clean Water Act Violation Stemming from 2012 Spill WASHINGTON — ExxonMobil Pipeline Company (ExxonMobil) has agreed to pay a civil penalty for an alleged violation of the Clean Water Act stemming from a 2012 crude oil spill from ExxonMobil’s ...Click Here to Read More.

E&E: Council issues long-awaited call for restoration projects

  Annie Snider, E&E reporter Published: Thursday, August 21, 2014 The federal-state panel tasked with spending fines linked to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill put out a call this afternoon for ecosystem restoration projects — a critical step in what has been a frustratingly slow process for many involved. The guidelines released today by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem ...Click Here to Read More.

E&E: Interior to update decades-old bonding regs

  Phil Taylor, E&E reporter Published: Monday, August 18, 2014 The Interior Department late last week announced plans to update 20- year-old regulations that ensure taxpayers are not left on the hook for the cost of tearing down abandoned offshore oil and gas facilities. Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said its existing bonding regulations for oil and gas development ...Click Here to Read More.

Progress Florida: Ban Risky Oil and Gas Fracking in Florida

I just wanted to share with you a column I wrote that was published at Context Florida regarding the need to ban risky oil and gas fracking in Florida. The threat to Florida from fracking is especially worrisome as long as Gov. Rick Scott is in office. The last thing Florida needs, with our delicate ecology and vast underground aquifer system, is oil and gas fracking. After you’ve had a ...Click Here to Read More.

DECOM WORLD: Group launches campaign to scrap Rigs to Reefs programs in Gulf of Mexico

By Rod Sweet on Aug 6, 2014 Operators hoping to cut decommissioning costs by reefing rigs in the Gulf of Mexico may have a fight on their hands now that a campaign has been launched by a diverse group including shrimp fishermen and conservationists to have the Rigs to Reefs program scrapped. Twenty-three individuals, among them university professors and people representing conservation ...Click Here to Read More.

CSMonitor.com: Oil spill damage to Gulf was deeper, wider than thought, say scientists , Oil spill: Scientists have discovered four coral communities deep in the ocean that show signs of damage from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

http://www.csmonitor.com/ Science     By Elizabeth Palermo, Live Science Staff Writer August 4, 2014 Four years after a BP oil rig exploded and flooded the Gulf of Mexico with an estimated 170 million gallons of oil, scientists have discovered further evidence of coral communities affected by this environmental disaster. Scientists at Pennsylvania State University, in State College, Pa., ...Click Here to Read More.

Video: News4jax. Offshore oil drilling debate with Senator Nelson

video at: http://www.news4jax.com/news/offshore-drilling-debate/27272996 Jacksonville, Florida 4JAX Offshore drilling debate Published On: Aug 01 2014 07:01:15 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 01 2014 07:10:05 PM EDT VIDEO: The Obama administration proposal to allow oil drilling off the Florida coast has some beach goers concerned, and one local Senator saying no. ...Click Here to Read More.

The Hill: House GOP urges Interior to open up new offshore drilling areas

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/214045-house-gop-urges-interior-to-open-up-new-offshore-drilling-areas By Laura Barron-Lopez – 08/01/14 09:57 AM EDT More than 160 House Republicans are urging the Obama administration to open up more areas to offshore drilling in a new five-year lease plan for oil and gas development. The Republicans claim that opening areas of the Outer ...Click Here to Read More.

E&E: GULF OF MEXICO: Bring Back the Gulf Coalition decries Interior ‘rigs to reef’ program, demands cleanup

http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2014/07/31/stories/1060003882 (requires subscription)   Jessica Estepa, E&E reporter Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 A group of environmentalists, scientists and fishermen is calling on the Interior Department for “strong and consistent implementation” of its idle iron policy in order to restore the Gulf of Mexico. Under the policy, ...Click Here to Read More.

Various articles on Seismic Testing on Atlantic

http://www.free-times.com/news/sonic-cannons-could-endanger-marine-life-in-sc-waters-073014 Free Times GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT Sonic Cannons Could Endanger Marine Life in S.C. Waters Seismic Tests Could Open Door to Offshore Drilling By Rodney Welch Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments The seismic blastings can deafen dolphins. The Obama Administration’s recent approval of seismic ...Click Here to Read More.

THE GULF OF MEXICO IS STILL DYING: PATHOGENIC MICRO-ORGANISMS PROLIFERATE DUE TO POLLUTED AND POISONED ‘BIOTERRAIN’

ttp://www.infowars.com/the-gulf-of-mexico-is-still-dying-pathogenic-micro-organisms- proliferate-due-to-polluted-and-poisoned-bioterrain/   by GULF OIL SPILL REMEDIATION CYBER-CONFERENCE | JULY 30, 2014     Multitude of oil spills require extraordinary remediation measures   by GULF OIL SPILL REMEDIATION CYBER-CONFERENCE | JULY 30, 2014 91300 There have been several significant ...Click Here to Read More.

Times-Picayune: Gulf of Mexico rigs-to-reefs program contested in letter to Interior Secretary and new e-book

http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2014/07/gulf_of_mexico_rigs-to-reefs_p.html   Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  Email the author | Follow on Twitter  on July 30, 2014 at 2:49 PM, updated July 30, 2014 at 2:52 PM As the federal government this summer considers revised rules on the ...Click Here to Read More.

Bring Back the Gulf, the book by DeeVon Quirolo and Richard Charter

July 30, 2014 Bring Back the Gulf New Book Slams Policies that Allow Oil Industry to Dump Old Rigs at Taxpayer Expense Now available as an E-book & PDF   Bring Back the Gulf is a timely analysis of the scientific, environmental, legal, social and political aspects of the U.S. Interior Department’s “Rigs-to-Reefs” program and is now available as an e-Book and PDF at ...Click Here to Read More.

Platts: FEATURE: Fight over US offshore plan to focus on Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic, Alaska

http://www.platts.com/latest-news/oil/washington/feature-fight-over-us-offshore-plan-to-focus-21982143 Washington (Platts)–28Jul2014/403 pm EDT/2003 GMT The Obama administration later this week is expected to fully delve into the three-year process to develop the next five-year plan for offshore oil and gas leasing, an effort expected to center on whether to allow drilling in US Atlantic ...Click Here to Read More.

Pensacola News Journal: BP oil spill dispersants still in environment

video at: http://www.pnj.com/story/news/2014/07/26/bp-oil-spill-dispersants-still-environment/13213759/ Despite claims by BP and government agencies, dispersants have not evaporated   Marine biologist Heather Reed describes the arrival of oil on our local coastlines. By Kimberly Blair kblair@pnj.com 6:34 p.m. CDT July 26, 2014 (Photo: Tony Giberson/tgiberson@pnj.com )   A common ingredient ...Click Here to Read More.

Gainesville.com: Oil will spoil the best of Florida

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20140727/COLUMNISTS/140729724   By Nathan Crabbe Editorial Page editor Published: Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 6:01 a.m. Last Modified: Friday, July 25, 2014 at 2:03 p.m.   Growing up in Ohio, I liked visiting the beaches of Florida but didn’t realize that the state offered so much more as far as the water was concerned. I thought that boating meant ...Click Here to Read More.

Gulf Restoration Network: RESTORE Council Announces Next Steps on Spending BP Funds

  For Immediate Release: July 25, 2014 Contact: Steve Murchie, steve@healthygulf.org, 941-441-7035 RESTORE Council Announces Next Steps on Spending BP Funds Gulf groups call for checks and balances to prevent “backroom deals” New Orleans, LA – The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, created by the RESTORE Act in response to the BP drilling disaster, disclosed new ...Click Here to Read More.

Local 10.com: Panhandle cleaning up weathered oil from BP spill

Over 1,700 pounds of weathered oil from 2010 BP spill being cleaned up off Florida Panhandle Author: Associated Press Published On: Jul 26 2014 05:59:20 PM EDT PENSACOLA, Fla. -Florida Panhandle officials are cleaning up over 1,700 pounds of weathered oil from the 2010 BP oil spill. The large submerged mat of oil mixed with sand, shells and water just off the Gulf Islands National ...Click Here to Read More.

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: http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2014/07/should_the_government_open_mor.html Nola.com 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, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Email the author | ...Click Here to Read More.

Progress Florida: Act Now to Stop Fracking in Florida

Direct link:  https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/14768b40840bc228 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

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-steiner/new-offshore-oil-plan-wou_b_5589907.html?utm_hp_ref=green Richard Steiner Professor and conservation biologist (www.oasis-earth.com) 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

http://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/articles/asbestos-drilling-mud/drilling-mud-asbestos-lawsuit-21-19961.html#.U88Nwt2MnX8   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.

Nola.com: Oil, gas production declining in Gulf of Mexico federal waters, report says

http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2014/07/oil_gas_production_in_federal.html Times-Picayune   By Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com | 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

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/09/usa-bp-spill-idUSL2N0PK1IO20140709   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.

Businessweek.com: Sally Jewell Obama’s Pro-Fracking Climate Czar

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-07-03/sally-jewell-obamas-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

http://gulfseafoodnews.com/2014/07/02/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

http://www.aikenstandard.com/article/20140701/AIK0201/140709996/1018/AIK02/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

http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/First-Step-in-Proposed-Offshore-Oil-Gas-Leasing-Program-2014-06-13 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

http://www.wwntradio.com/news/news.php/displayType/article/16448/2014/06/senators-push-administration-for-expanded-offshore-drilling-in-next-5year-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

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/2014/06/22/tar-mat-found/11237777/   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

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ez500168r   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

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20140621/articles/140629914#page=0 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

http://www.weartv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/oil-spill-removal-organization-working-remove-tar-mat-near-ft-pickens-45918.shtml 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

  http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/legislature/scotts-stake-in-oil-company-tied-to-collier-drilling-riles/2184342 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

http://www.cbs12.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_16886.shtml 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

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/greenpeace-boards-drill-rigs-arctic-protest-23878100 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.

RTCC.org: EU to step up fracking and efficiency in response to Ukraine crisis

http://www.rtcc.org/2014/05/21/eu-may-step-up-shale-gas-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: http://www.wwltv.com/news/Oyster-Harvesters-Alarmed-At-Finding-Fewer-Oysters-260320441.html wwltv.com Posted on May 22, 2014 at 6:21 PM Bill Capo / Eyewitness News Email: bcapo@wwltv.com | 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.

Thinkprogress.org: ‘A Government Of Thugs’: How Canada Treats Environmental Journalists by Emily Atkin

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/05/23/3428984/canada-war-on-environmentalists/ 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://www.santacruzsentinel.com/santacruz/ci_25801873/santa-cruz-county-first-ban-fracking Unanimous vote prohibits underground oil production By Jason Hoppin jhoppin@santacruzsentinel.com @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

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/19/trade-fracking_n_5340420.html 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’

http://www.digitaljournal.com/science/methane-levels-from-deepwater-horizon-remain-high/article/383984 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.

News-press.com: Collier County, FL to file against state, drillers over Everglades fracking-like procedures

ttp://www.news-press.com/story/life/outdoors/2014/05/14/county-file-state-drillers/9070569/ Steve Doane, sdoane@news-press.com 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

http://www.thedownstreamproject.org/2014/05/08/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

http://blog.nwf.org/2014/05/study-estimates-around-800000-birds-killed-during-bp-oil-spill/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WildlifePromise+%28Wildlife+Promise%29 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 http://fuelfix.com/blog/2014/05/08/offshore-regulators-to-keep-eye-on-bad-actors/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter 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

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/07-3 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

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/energy/conferences/article/New-rules-coming-for-retiring-offshore-oil-5458587.php 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’

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/energy/conferences/article/New-rules-coming-for-retiring-offshore-oil-5458587.php 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

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/05/03/4094534/revise-restrictions-to-ensure.html 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.

OilPrice.com: Problems At Petrobras Mount As Brazil’s Oil Production Stagnates

http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Problems-At-Petrobras-Mount-As-Brazils-Oil-Production-Stagnates.html 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

http://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/water/oil-drilling-company-ordered-to-shut-down-second-florida-well-pending-tests/2178106 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

http://www.platts.com/latest-news/oil/houston/bp-has-record-11-deepwater-rigs-running-in-gulf-21576914 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

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/28/uk-ireland-fire-ice-gas-reserves Press Association Monday 28 April 2014 theguardian.com 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 lwallach@citizen.org 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

http://www.eenews.net/energywire/2014/04/24/full Mike Soraghan, E&E reporter msoraghan@eenews.net 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.

Al.com: Gulf Coast fisherman on BP oil spill: ‘The oysters are not recovering’

video at: http://blog.al.com/wire/2014/04/gulf_coast_fisherman_on_bp_oil.html By Casey Toner | ctoner@al.com 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.

Al.com: Oil and gas regulators look to industry to police itself, four years after Deepwater Horizon

great slideshow at: http://www.al.com/business/index.ssf/2014/04/oil_and_gas_regulators_look_to.html#incart_river_default Mobile, Alabama By Michael Finch II | mfinch@al.com 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

http://www.npr.org/2014/04/19/304707516/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

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/22-0 Published on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by Winona LaDuke Henry Red Cloud. (Photo: treeswaterpeople.wordpress.com)There 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 Citizen.org: 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 Citizen.org April 18, 2014 Contacts: Allison Fisher 202-454-5176 afisher@citizen.org Jacolyn Lopez 727-490-9190 jlopez@biologicaldiversity.org 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

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/11/ohio-earthquakes-fracking_n_5136110.html?ref=topbar | 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

http://www.wwl.com/The-Gulf-of-Mexico-oil-spill-at-a-glance/18840949 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

http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_25595415/noaa-proposes-major-expansion-marine-sanctuaries-off-marin 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

http://www.undercurrentnews.com/2014/04/17/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

http://www.cbsnews.com/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

http://nj1015.com/seismic-testing-proposal-off-nj-coast-gets-resistance-audio/ 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

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.