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 ...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.

Department of Interior: Obama Administration to Offer 40 Million Acres in the Gulf of Mexico for Oil and Gas Development–Final Notice of Sales for Central and Eastern Planning Areas

http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/obama-administration-to-offer-40-million-acres-in-the-gulf-of-mexico-for-oil-and-gas-development.cfm Press Release 02/13/2014 WASHINGTON, DC — As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible domestic energy production, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean ...Click Here to Read More.

Capitol News Service: Cecil Whig: Cardin calls for water regulation in wake of West Virginia chemical spill

http://www.cecildaily.com/news/state_news/article_0c346b69-2171-5514-8742-6b3f467ede91.html At last! A ray of hope! DV Posted: Saturday, February 8, 2014 7:15 pm | Updated: 7:43 pm, Sun Feb 9, 2014. By Justine McDaniel Capital News Service WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin called Tuesday for federal regulation and oversight of drinking water in the wake of the West Virginia chemical ...Click Here to Read More.

Huffingtonpost.com: BP Deepwater Horizon and human health

Date: February 5, 2014 7:24:22 PM PST http://www.huffingtonpost.com/claudia-s-miller-md-ms/gulf-war-syndrome-comes-t_b_4698433.html?utm_hp_ref=green Claudia S. Miller, M.D., M.S. Professor, environmental and occupational medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Gulf War Syndrome Comes to the Gulf of Mexico? A large cadre of marine scientists assembled this week in ...Click Here to Read More.

The Guardian: Fracking is depleting water supplies in America’s driest areas, report shows From Texas to California, drilling for oil and gas is using billions of gallons of water in the country’s most drought-prone areas

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/05/fracking-water-america-drought-oil-gas The harmful use of precious water, along with the great potential to pollute other sources of water, are my greatest concerns with fracking. DV Wednesday 5 February 2014 11.01 EST An aerial photograph shows a large field of fracking sites in a north-western Colorado valley. It can take millions of ...Click Here to Read More.

Huffington Post: U.S. Oil Companies Fined For Mislabeling Crude Shipments In First Move After Series Of Derailments

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/05/oil-companies-fined_n_4726738.html?utm_hp_ref=green Reuters Posted: 02/05/2014 8:43 am EST Updated: 02/05/2014 8:59 am EST By Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Three oil companies operating in North Dakota were fined $93,000 on Tuesday for wrongly classifying fuel shipments in the first sanctions since a series of fiery derailments put ...Click Here to Read More.

Inside Climate: U.S. Keystone Report Relied Heavily on Alberta Govt-Funded Research State Department review used studies funded by Alberta agencies and carried out by Jacobs Consultancy, a subsidiary of a major tar sands developer

http://insideclimatenews.org/content/us-keystone-report-relied-heavily-alberta-govt-funded-research By John H. Cushman Jr., InsideClimate News Feb 7, 2014 Alberta Premier Alison Redford during a speech in Calgary in November 2013. Alberta goverment agencies devoted to expanding oil sands development funded research that was used by the State Department in its environmental review of the ...Click Here to Read More.

Center for Biologic Diversity: Keep Fracking Out of Florida

This is important. Please cut and past the link to sign the petition today. DV http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14974 Keep Fracking Out of Florida Water drinkers against fracking House Bills 71 and 157 may seem benign at first glance; they call for the creation of an online registry for fracking in Florida. But if these bills pass, they will pave ...Click Here to Read More.

Inside EPA: Superfund Report — As EPA Eyes Oil Spill Rule Rewrite, Citizens Coalition Steps Up Pressure

http://insideepa.com/Inside-EPA-General/Inside-EPA-Public-Content/as-epa-eyes-oil-spill-rule-rewrite-citizens-coalition-steps-up-pressure/menu-id-565.html YES I support the effort to review the use of dispersants, especially Corexit, and encourage placing limits on the amount of dispersants that can be applied. Some deep water benthic communities in the Gulf are still blanketed in this ...Click Here to Read More.

UC Berkeley Law-Legal-planet: Offshore Fracking Battles Brewing in the Golden State–Increased attention to fracking off the California Coast; what our state agencies can do about it

http://legal-planet.org/2014/02/04/offshore-fracking-battles-brewing-in-the-golden-state/ University of California Berkeley School of Law | Energy | Oceans | Regulation | Water Jayni Hein February 4, 2014 As prior blog posts and reports have detailed, hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) has been occurring onshore in California for decades, yet without full disclosure to the ...Click Here to Read More.

Thinkprogress.com: ‘Out-Of-Control’ Rig In The Gulf Gushing Methane Freely Into The Atmosphere & ABC News: Gas Continues to Escape From Rig off La. Coast

‘Out-Of-Control’ Rig In The Gulf Gushing Methane Freely Into The Atmosphere BY EMILY ATKIN ON JANUARY 31, 2014 AT 9:48 AM http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/01/31/3232181/methane-leak-gulf/ An “out-of-control” well that began blowing gas into the air on Thursday is still not under control as of Friday morning, according to a report from the Associated Press. 42-non ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: With Review in Hand, Obama Must Now Reject Dirty Pipeline

Published on Friday, January 31, 2014 by Common Dreams McKibben: “The State Department has given Obama all the room he needs to do what he promised in both campaigns: to take serious steps against global warming.” – Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer Protestors demonstrated against the Keystone XL pipeline in San Francisco last year. (Photo: Getty Images)The State Department ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: The Guardian Approving Keystone XL Could Be the Biggest Mistake of Obama’s Presidency by Michael Mann

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/31-6 Published on Friday, January 31, 2014 by The Guardian A State Department report fails to take into account the full climate impacts of Keystone XL. Who is Obama protecting? by Michael Mann Keystone-XL-pipeline-prot-006.jpg I have made my position on the Keystone XL pipeline quite clear. Approving this hotly debated pipeline would send America down ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams & Center for Biologic Diversity: Obama Administration Pushes Disastrous Keystone XL Closer to Approval

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/01/31-3 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 31, 2014 5:21 PM CONTACT: Bill Snape, (202) 536-9351 In a Shift, New State Department Review No Longer Attempts to Say Keystone Impacts Would be ‘Negligible’ WASHINGTON – January 31 – The controversial Keystone XL pipeline — a project that will worsen the climate crisis and threaten ...Click Here to Read More.

Homerdixon.com: Seeing Past the Fracking Hype; Light larger than Chicago

http://www.homerdixon.com/2013/12/20/seeing-past-the-fracking-hype/ by Thomas Homer-Dixon Toronto Globe and Mail, December 20, 2013 For years, NASA has produced a composite photograph of North America at night. Taken by satellite, the photo shows huge patches of light marking New York, Los Angeles, and Toronto. Smaller patches mark cities like Denver, Seattle, and Calgary. Recently something ...Click Here to Read More.

Gulf Restoration Network blog: Drilling for Florida Oil by Cathy Harrelson

https://healthygulf.org/201401152194/blog/energy-/-global-warming/drilling-for-florida-oil Blog – Energy / Global Warming Wednesday, 15 January 2014 11:55 Florida Panther at Big Cypress Reserve – photo Ralph Arwood Flickr An endangered Florida Panther in Big Cypress National Preserve, which is the site of some of the proposed drilling activities. Photo credit: Ralph Arwood/NPS. ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: No Pipe Dream: Why We’re All Living on the Frontlines of Fracking

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/30-10 Published on Thursday, January 30, 2014 by TomDispatch.com Is Fracking About to Arrive on Your Doorstep? by Ellen Cantarow For the past several years, I’ve been writing about what happens when big oil and gas corporations drill where people live. “Fracking” — high-volume hydraulic fracturing, which extracts oil and methane from deep ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: Showering in Formaldehyde? Fresh Fears in West Virginia

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/29-7 Published on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 Scientist says there’s ‘a lot more we don’t know’ about the safety of West Virginia water – Lauren McCauley, staff writer “What we know scares us, and we know there’s a lot more we don’t know,” a West Virginia environmental scientist said Wednesday ...Click Here to Read More.

State of the Union leaves Obama’s environmental policy in a haze by Peter Moskowitz

by Peter Moskowitz @PeterMoskowitz January 29, 2014 1:42AM ET Environmental groups say Obama missed an opportunity to lay out a new climate change action plan Barack Obama speaks in 2012 at Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s Copper Mountain Solar 1 facility in Nevada, the largest photovoltaic solar plant in the United States.Ethan Miller/Getty Images While President Barack Obama has delivered ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: Pipeline Protesters Urge Obama: ‘Be A Climate Champion’ Ahead of the State of the Union, protesters call on President Obama to use address to “reject KXL”

Published on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 – Lauren McCauley, staff writer Environmental groups paraded a giant inflatable pipeline around the Capitol building Tuesday ahead of the State of the Union address. (photo: @erichpica/ Twitter)Green groups are calling on President Obama to make a choice: ‘Be remembered as a climate champion or the pipeline president.’ Parading a ...Click Here to Read More.

Thinkprogress.org: “After 8,400 Gallon Oil Spill, Safety Standards On Norwegian Offshore Rigs Questioned”

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/01/27/3207201/limited-statoil-/ After 8,400 Gallon Oil Spill, Safety Standards On Norwegian Offshore Rigs Questioned By Emily Atkin on January 27, 2014 at 12:06 pm The Statfjord C rig. CREDIT: Statoil Approximately 32 cubic meters, or 8,400 gallons, of oil spilled into the sea early Sunday morning following a leak at a Statoil-owned rig off the coast of ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: Food & Water Watch: On the Heels of Alarming New Information, Americans Against Fracking and Over 200 Groups Call on President Obama to Re-Open Investigations into Connection Between Fracking and Water Contamination in Parker County, Texas

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/01/27-3 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 27, 2014 3:58 PM CONTACT: Food & Water Watch Kate Fried, Food & Water Watch, (202) 683-4905, kfried@fwwatch.org WASHINGTON – January 27 – Pressure on the Obama administration to take decisive action to protect Americans from the public health and environment effects of fracking intensified ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: Communities Resist as Tar Sands Flow Through KXL South

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/22-9 Published on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Sacrificing the health of the people and planet, 590,000 additional barrels of oil will now flow to refineries on the Gulf – Lauren McCauley, staff writer Activists in Portland, Maine showing solidarity with communities along the pipeline by locking themselves to TD bank. (Photo: Meaghan ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: Message to World Elites: Don’t Bet on Coal and Oil Growth

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/24-13 Published on Friday, January 24, 2014 by Davos 2014 by Kumi Naidoo A coal power plant is reflected in a puddle. (Photo: REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)A mind-boggling sum of about US$ 800 for each person on the planet is invested into fossil fuel companies through the global capital markets alone. That’s roughly 10% of the total capital invested in ...Click Here to Read More.

Politico: A Big Fracking Lie President Obama isn’t just not fixing climate change – he’s making it worse

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/01/fracking-natural-gas-exports-climate-change-102452.html?hp=pm_1#.Ut_4xN2tu2x If you want to know just how bad an idea it is for America to ship “fracked” natural gas to overseas markets, travel the 65 miles from the White House to a place called Cove Point in southern Maryland. There, right on the Chesapeake Bay, the Obama ...Click Here to Read More.

Oil and Gas Financial Journal: EPA issues NPDES permits for CA offshore oil and gas operations

http://www.ogfj.com/articles/2014/01/epa-issues-npdes-permit-that-includes-limited-chemical-disclosure-requirements-for-oil-and-gas-operations-offshore-california.html January 22, 2014 Michael Weller and Jason Hutt Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Region 9 of the US Environmental Protection Agency recently made available the finalized National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general ...Click Here to Read More.

Nola.com Times-Picayune: Volunteers use airborne patrols, satellite photos to spot oil spills along Louisiana coast

http://thelensnola.org/2014/01/22/volunteers-use-airborne-patrols-satellite-photos-to-spot-oil-spills-along-louisiana-coast/ The Lens By Bob Marshall, Staff writer 8 HOURS AGO Jonathan Henderson was shouting to be heard over the engine noise in the small plane as it circled above an oil rig just off the Louisiana coast. A ribbon of colored water extended from the rig for about 100 yards, ...Click Here to Read More.

Greenpeace: Court Decision: Victory for the Arctic, Blow for Shell, Opportunity for President Obama

http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/Court-Decision-Victory-for-the-Arctic-Blow-for-Shell-Opportunity-for-President-Obama/ Media release – January 22, 2014 Greenpeace is welcoming today’s 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that the Department of the Interior violated the law when it opened almost 30 million acres of the outer continental shelf to oil and gas drilling. The court today ...Click Here to Read More.

Metropolis: Why We’re Suing the Oil Companies. A former member of the flood protection authority in New Orleans explains why legal action is being taken against the petroleum industry operating in the Gulf of Mexico.

http://www.metropolismag.com/January-2014/Why-Were-Suing-the-Oil-Companies/index.php?cparticle=1&siarticle=0#artanc John M. Barry A leaking oil facility in the Pass-a-Loutre Wildlife Management Area. Production facilities like this, along with the barge traffic that they create, have helped degrade the wetlands of southern Louisiana. These protective wetlands are disappearing at a rate of ...Click Here to Read More.

South Florida Sun Sentinel: Cuba presses ahead on offshore oil drilling

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-bob-graham-cuba-drilling-20140120,0,5002666.story By William E. Gibson, Washington Bureau 4:40 a.m. EST, January 21, 2014 WASHINGTON – Cuban officials are preparing to resume offshore oil drilling in deep waters as close as 50 miles from the Florida coast, posing a threat to the state’s beaches and marine life, former Gov. Bob Graham said Monday ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: Prominent Canadians Join Neil Young’s Call: Honor the Treaties, Stop the Tar Sands

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/21-4 Published on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 ‘Will we disregard the treaties we have with First Nations? Will we continue to allow oil companies to persuade our government to gut laws?’ asks open letter – Andrea Germanos, staff writer A group of prominent Canadians has added support to Neil Young’s challenge to Canada’s ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: Groups to Obama: Your Fossil Fuel-Driven Policies Equal ‘Catastrophic Climate Future’

Published on Friday, January 17, 2014 ‘America’s energy policies must reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, not simply reduce our dependence on foreign oil.’ – Jon Queally, staff writer While President Obama made a big deal out of delaying the northern half of the Keystone pipeline’s construction, he compensated by signing an executive order to expedite similar ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams TPP: Poison for Local Community Resilience

Published on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by Richard Heinberg The trade deal, negotiated in secret, is now trying to receive fact track authority so that it can be rushed through Congress with little say by elected lawmakers. (Image: CD)The past couple of decades of globalization have been a disaster for planetary ecosystems, indigenous peoples, and most middle-class citizens, but a gravy ...Click Here to Read More.

Reuters: Former Florida Senator Bob Graham in Cuba for environmental talks

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/16/cuba-usa-idUSL2N0KQ21Y20140116 Thu Jan 16, 2014 4:44pm EST * Talks center on offshore oil drilling * Embargo supporter favors some cooperation By Marc Frank HAVANA, Jan 16 (Reuters) – A former democratic senator and governor from Florida, Bob Graham, visited Cuba this week to discuss oil spill prevention and preparedness during a trip that has ...Click Here to Read More.

Huffington Post: Trinidad Oil Spills Leave State-Owned Energy Company Scrambling To Clean Up

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/14/trinidad-oil-spill-petrotrin-energy-company_n_4596696.html The Huffington Post | By Nick Visser Posted: 01/14/2014 3:38 pm EST | Updated: 01/14/2014 4:14 pm EST At least 11 oil spills have crippled parts of Trinidad and Tobago, coating miles of beach with crude as the state-owned energy company scrambles to control what’s being called one of ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: Californians Submit 100,000 Public Comments Opposing Gov. Brown’s Dangerous Fracking Regulations

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/01/14-8 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 14, 2014 4:51 PM CONTACT: Environmental Groups Alec Saslow: Alec@FitzGibbonmedia.com, (720) 319-4948 Sarah Lane, sarahlane@credoaction.com SACRAMENTO, Calif. – January 14 – In the wake of the driest recorded year in California’s history, concerned Californians submitted more than 100,000 ...Click Here to Read More.

Newstalk NZ: Anti oil drilling protesters gather in Dunedin & Drilling protestors accused of hypocrisy

http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbnat/1553899118-anti-oil-drilling-protesters-gather-in-dunedin Newstalk NZ KPMG Early Edition Weekdays 5am-6am TUE, 14 JAN 2014, 05:21 Newstalk ZB By: Adam Walker, and Sophia Duckor-Jones, | New Zealand News | Sunday January 12 2014 15:52 UPDATED 4:34pm: Diabolical weather conditions haven’t dampened the spirits of anti deep sea oil drilling ...Click Here to Read More.

Naples News: Former U.S. Sen., Fla. Gov. Bob Graham part of Cuba oil drilling mission

http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2014/jan/11/former-us-sen-gov-bob-graham-part-of-oil-mission/?CID=happeningnow Naples News: Former U.S. Sen., Fla. Gov. Bob Graham part of Cuba oil drilling mission By RYAN MILLS Posted January 11, 2014 at 10:59 p.m. Former Sen. Bob Graham Former U.S. Senator and Florida Gov. Bob Graham is part of an American contingent traveling to Cuba on Monday to explore the ...Click Here to Read More.

Washington Examiner: Lawmakers spar over seismic testing for Atlantic Ocean drilling

http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/2541969 BY ZACK COLMAN | JANUARY 10, 2014 AT 2:04 PM The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warns that, “Increasing evidence suggests… A long-awaited final federal study on the environmental impact of using seismic guns to search for oil and gas deposits off the Atlantic coast is due at the end of February, signaling future battles ...Click Here to Read More.

New Orleans.legal examiners.com: 42 lbs of Deepwater Horizon oil product removed from Florida beaches

http://neworleans.legalexaminer.com/toxic-substances/bp-oil-spill-beach-report-december-31-2013/ The Legal Examiner BP Oil Spill Beach Report: December 31, 2013 Posted by Tom Young January 2, 2014 5:40 PM The following is a summary of a daily beach oiling report issued by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). We will endevour to publish this summary each day the FDEP issues ...Click Here to Read More.

Bloomberg: Study Shows Fracking Is Bad for Babies

“Currie, who had financial support from the Environmental Protection Agency and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and her colleagues obtained Pennsylvania birth records containing the latitude and longitude of the mothers’ residences, matching them to the locations of fracking sites. In doing so, they built on the work of Elaine Hill, a PhD student at Cornell ...Click Here to Read More.

KSBW.com: Fracking Protest at Salinas, CA hearing

see video at: http://www.ksbw.com/news/central-california/salinas/organizers-hold-fracking-protest-in-salinas/-/5738906/23843192/-/146omoq/-/index.html KSBW-TV Salinas, California Organizers hold fracking protest in Salinas UPDATED 12:00 AM PST Jan 09, 2014 The debate over the controversial practice of fracking continued Wednesday night in Salinas at the National Steinbeck Center. SALINAS, ...Click Here to Read More.

EPA Will Require Offshore Frackers to Report Chemicals Discharged Into Pacific

http://ecowatch.com/2014/01/09/offshore-frackers-report-chemicals-discharged-in-pacific/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=offshore-frackers-report-chemicals-discharged-in-pacific by Center for Biological Diversity, January 9, 2014, ecowatch The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today established a new requirement for oil and gas operations off the Southern ...Click Here to Read More.

Orange County Register: NEWS Fracking foes sound off at hearing & Bellingham Herald: Fracking moratorium urged by California lawmakers

California’s fracking hearings continue this week after yesterday’s Sacramento hearing overflowed it’s hearing room and had to be relocated to larger chambers….BAKERSFIELD — January 8, Kern County Administrative Center, first floor board chambers, 1115 Truxtun Avenue, 3-7 p.m.; SALINAS — January 8, National Steinbeck Center, One Main Street, 3-7 p.m.; SANTA ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: Investigation Confirms Widespread Fears about Fracking

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/06-4 Published on Monday, January 6, 2014 by Common Dreams Despite roadblocks by industry and state officials, well water contamination found in four states – Sarah Lazare, staff writer March against hydraulic fracturing and gas well drilling on the Rachel Carson Bridge in Pittsburgh on November 3, 2010. (Photo: AP/Keith Srakocic, File)The ...Click Here to Read More.

E&E: Right whales migrate through Va. waters proposed for surveys — study

http://www.eenews.net/eenewspm/2013/12/19/stories/1059992149 (Online) Climate & Energy Phil Taylor, E&E reporter Published: Thursday, December 19, 2013 New research from Cornell University suggests endangered right whales migrate farther from Virginia’s shores than previously thought, putting them in danger of proposed oil and gas exploration in the mid-Atlantic, according to ...Click Here to Read More.

New York Times via Climatecrocks.com: Fracking Wells Abandoned in Boom/Bust Cycle. Who Will Pay to Cap Them?

http://climatecrocks.com/2014/01/04/fracking-wells-abandoned-in-boombust-cycle-who-will-pay-to-cap-them/ January 4, 2014 NYTimes: The companies that once operated the wells have all but vanished into the prairie, many seeking bankruptcy protection and unable to pay the cost of reclaiming the land they leased. Recent estimates have put the number of abandoned drilling operations in Wyoming at ...Click Here to Read More.

NPR: For BP Cleanup, 2013 Meant 4.6 Million Pounds Of Gulf Coast Oil

http://www.npr.org/ by DEBBIE ELLIOTT December 21, 2013 5:14 AM As we near the end of 2013, NPR is taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of this year. They’re numbers that, if you really understand them, give insight into the world we live in. On a breezy December morning, a work crew is scouring the surf line on Grand Isle, La., scooping up tiny tar balls and collecting them ...Click Here to Read More.

GPO.gov: Petition to Add the Oil and Gas Extraction Industry to the List of Facilities Required To Report under the Toxics Release Inventory

This is long overdue. DV http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-01-03/pdf/2013-31484.pdf http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-01-03/html/2013-31484.htm [Federal Register Volume 79, Number 2 (Friday, January 3, 2014)] [Notices] [Page 393] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: ...Click Here to Read More.

BNA.com: Obama Policy: Control Greenhouse Gases At Home, Enable Export of Fossil Fuels

http://www.bna.com/obama-policy-control-n17179880877/ Thursday, December 19, 2013 from Daily Report for Executives™ By Paul Shukovsky Dec. 18 –Even as President Barack Obama promises to implement aggressive regulatory measures to rein in climate change domestically, this year his administration used the same regulatory authority to quietly position the U.S. to become a global leader in ...Click Here to Read More.

NOLA.com: More massive tar mats from BP oil spill discovered on Louisiana beaches

Beach-Cleanup-4-1170×583 1.jp 2 http://thelensnola.org/2013/12/18/more-massive-tar-mats-from-bp-oil-spill-discovered-on-louisiana-beaches/ The Lens – In-depth news and investigations for New Orleans Environment By Bob Marshall, Staff writer December 18, 2013 10:51am Bob Marshall / The Lens Heavy equipment digs into Fourchon Beach searching for more of the massive oil mats ...Click Here to Read More.

E&E: KEYSTONE XL: Gulf Coast access for oil sands set for Jan. 22

Elana Schor, E&E reporter Published: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 TransCanada Corp. will begin shipping heavy oil sands crude from Alberta to the Gulf Coast — the goal of its Keystone XL pipeline — on Jan. 22, when the controversial project’s President Obama-blessed southern leg begins operation, the company announced today. Environmentalists rarely offer loud criticism of ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: ‘Face of Resistance in Northwest’: Tar Sands ‘Megaload’ Blockaded

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/17-4 Published on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 ‘They want to extract the dirtiest oil in the world and send it overseas at the expense of communities and the climate’ – Andrea Germanos, staff writer Activists engaging in a blockade of a tar sands “megaload” in Oregon earlier this month. (Photo: Portland Rising Tide) ...Click Here to Read More.

Save the blue.org: Can We “Save the Blue” by Dumping Old Drilling Rigs into the Ocean? by Richard Charter

http://www.savetheblue.org/articles-dumping-old-drilling-rigs-into-the-ocean.html How Oil Companies Plan to Maximize Their Profits at the Expense of Our Coastal Waters By Richard Charter, for the H2oover Foundation Exploration of natural gas and oil brings with it numerous and diverse environmental and human health problems. With so much attention focused on a long list of issues including oil ...Click Here to Read More.

PRWEB.com Digital Journal: Offshore Accident Lawyer William Gee III Comments on Report Faulting Black Elk Energy for Fatal Fire

http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1643484 >PRWEB.COM Newswire Lafayette, LA (PRWEB) December 17, 2013 Responding to news that an oil rig operator and its contractors were at fault in an oil platform explosion that killed three welders, offshore accident lawyer William Gee III of The Law Office of William Gee III said today, “operators and contractors have a responsibility to take all steps ...Click Here to Read More.

University of Missouri: MU Researchers Find Fracking Chemicals Disrupt Hormone Function

http://medicine.missouri.edu/news/0214.php Endocrine-disrupting activity linked to birth defects and infertility University of Missouri researchers have found greater hormone-disrupting properties in water located near hydraulic fracturing drilling sites than in areas without drilling. The researchers also found that 11 chemicals commonly used in the controversial “fracking” method ...Click Here to Read More.

Gulf Restoration Network: Bird’s Eye View: More Pollution Incidents to Report with New Photos

photos at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/healthygulf/sets/72157638638305963/show/with/11354064155/ story at: https://healthygulf.org/201312132180/blog/general/birds-eye-view-more-pollution-incidents-to-report-with-new-photos Blog – General Friday, 13 December 2013 12:43 As I wrap up things before heading off for a much needed holiday vacation, I wanted to be sure to share with you some ...Click Here to Read More.

Rolling Stone Magazine: Obama and Climate Change: The Real Story by Bill McKibben

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/obama-and-climate-change-the-real-story-20131217 The president has said the right things about climate change – and has taken some positive steps. But we’re drilling for more oil and digging up more carbon than ever Illustration by Victor Juhasz By Bill McKibben December 17, 2013 9:00 AM ET Two years ago, on a gorgeous November day, 12,000 ...Click Here to Read More.

Los Angeles Times: New campaign for a California oil extraction tax underway

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-new-campaign-for-california-oil-extraction-tax-underway-20131216,0,3099963.story By Phil Willon December 16, 2013, 4:04 p.m. San Francisco Bay Area hedge fund manager Tom Steyer on Monday launched a statewide campaign, aimed at prompting action by state lawmakers, to impose a new extraction tax on oil produced in California. Steyer said California ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: Fossil Fuel’s Wastewater Creating Earthquake Boom

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/13-1 Published on Friday, December 13, 2013 Pumped underground using disposal wells, the leftover water from oil and gas drilling is literally shifting the ground beneath communities – Jon Queally, staff writer Joe Reneau showing damage from two earthquakes to his home in Sparks. (Photo: Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press)In Oklahoma, the oil and ...Click Here to Read More.

NOAA: NOAA asks for public comment on proposed Deepwater Horizon oil spill early restoration plan and projects

http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2013/20131206_nos_dwh_phase_3_projects_announcement.html Trustees include 44 projects in $627 million, multi-agency draft plan to restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses, oysters, and lost recreation December 6, 2013 Barrier island restoration work conducted earlier by NOAA Fisheries and partners through the Coastal Wetland Planning, ...Click Here to Read More.

CREDO action: Tell the White House: Don’t silence key advisor John Podesta on the presidential decision on Keystone XL

http://act.credoaction.com/go/2918?t=5&akid=9619.2084550.ch6_vb The petition reads: “Advisors or contractors with a financial stake in the outcome of Keystone XL – like TransCanada-linked contractor ERM – should recuse themselves from the White House decision on the tar sands pipeline. But a key advisor like John Podesta who has a fact-based track record opposing climate change ...Click Here to Read More.

Huffington Post: The Koch Brothers Are Still Trying to Break Wind

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/10-1 Published on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by Elliott Negin As Congress dithers for the umpteenth time over extending a key subsidy for wind energy, the industry once again is up in the air. Called the production tax credit (PTC), the subsidy helps level the playing field between wind and fossil fuels and has proven to be critical for financing new ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: Humanity Wholly Unprepared for Abrupt Climate Impacts, Warns NAS Report

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/04-1 Published on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by climatechange ‘The pace of change is orders of magnitude higher than what species have experienced in the last tens of millions of years.’ – Jon Queally, staff writer A washed out bridge is shown Monday, Sept. 21, 2009 in Douglasville, Ga. Heavy rain caused flooding in and around ...Click Here to Read More.

Marine Link: BOEM Proposes Eastern Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale

http://www.marinelink.com/news/proposes-eastern-mexico361653.aspx Posted by Eric Haun Wednesday, December 04, 2013, 9:29 AM As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible domestic energy production, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced that it will hold Gulf of Mexico Eastern Planning Area oil and gas lease ...Click Here to Read More.

ENN: Massachusetts Legislature moves on fracking moratorium

http://www.enn.com/top_stories/article/46741 Environmental News Network Published December 1, 2013 09:16 AM The Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture has approved a 10-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing – better known as fracking. The committee’s approval of a bill introduced by Reps. Peter Kocot, D-Northampton, and ...Click Here to Read More.

Public Herald: New Aerial Video of Alabama Oil Spill Questions Cleanup

amazing moonscape video at: http://www.publicherald.org/archives/18602/investigative-reports/energy-investigations/oil-2/ Shared by Melissa Troutman on December 2, 2013 http://www.publicherald.org/archives/18602/investigative-reports/energy-investigations/oil-2/ Every year, we hear about the latest oil spills, pipeline explosions and pollution but we rarely see how people and environment are ...Click Here to Read More.

Government Accountability Project: Corexit: Deadly Dispersant in Oil Spill Cleanup

http://www.whistleblower.org/program-areas/public-health/corexit On April 19, 2013, GAP released Deadly Dispersants in the Gulf: Are Public Health and Environmental Tragedies the New Norm for Oil Spill Cleanups? The report details the devastating long-term effects on human health and the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem stemming from BP and the federal government’s widespread use of the ...Click Here to Read More.

Namibian Tuna Catch Plunges On Oil Exploration

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-25/namibian-study-shows-that-tuna-catch-plunges-on-oil-exploration.html Namibia, November 27, 2013 Namibia’s tuna catch has been slashed after oil and gas exploration took place in the nation’s southern waters. According to a study commissioned by the government, Namibia’s tuna harvest dropped to just 650 metric tons so far this year, from ...Click Here to Read More.

Huffington Post & NRDC: Holidays on the Oil Spill Front Lines

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rocky-kistner/holidays-on-the-oil-spill_b_4336850.html video at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rocky-kistner/holidays-on-the-oil-spill_b_4336850.html?utm_hp_ref=green Huffington Post Rocky Kistner Media associate, NRDC Posted: 11/25/2013 12:10 pm This will be J.J. Creppel’s last Thanksgiving at his home in Plaquemines Parish, a sliver of marshy land that juts ...Click Here to Read More.

Environment News Service: Law of the Sea Tribunal Orders Russia to Free Greenpeacers

http://ens-newswire.com/2013/11/22/law-of-the-sea-tribunal-orders-russia-to-free-greenpeacers/ Posted by News Editor in At Risk, Latest News, RSS on November 22, 2013 1:48 pm / no comments HAMBURG, Germany, November 22, 2013 (ENS) – In a binding ruling, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea today ordered Russia to release the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise and the 28 activists ...Click Here to Read More.

Houston Business Journal: 2012 explosion cost Black Elk millions

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2013/11/21/black-elk-has-paid-millions-due-to.html Nov 21, 2013, 2:41pm CST Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC has spent millions so far this year on costs associated with the 2012 explosion at its West Delta 32 Gulf of Mexico platform. Olivia Pulsinelli Web producer- Houston Business Journal Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC has spent ...Click Here to Read More.

E&E: Green group reveals offshore fracking chemicals, says many pose hazards

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter Published: Friday, November 15, 2013 Unconventional oil drilling in the waters off Southern California uses several chemicals considered hazardous, including at least one that a federal agency connects to increased cancer risk, an environmental group said yesterday. The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) in a 28-page letter asked the California Coastal ...Click Here to Read More.

Huffington Post: Fracking Industry Campaign Contributions At Record Levels, Report Shows

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/20/fracking-campaign-contributions_n_4311016.html The Huffington Post | By Jared Gilmour Posted: 11/20/2013 4:21 pm EST | Updated: 11/20/2013 6:45 pm EST Fracking industry contributions to congressional campaigns spiked 231 percent between 2004 and 2012 in districts and states with fracking activity, according to a report released Wednesday. Compiled by ...Click Here to Read More.

Common Dreams: Sen. Sanders, Rep. Ellison Introduce Legislation to End Fossil Fuel Tax Breaks

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/11/21-7 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 21, 2013 3:56 PM CONTACT: Congressman Keith Ellison Mike.Casca@mail.house.gov WASHINGTON – November 21 – As House and Senate budget negotiators look for ways to lower deficits, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) today introduced legislation to eliminate tax loopholes and ...Click Here to Read More.

Ejolt.org: Pope Says No to Fracking And That Water Is Worth More than Gold

http://www.ejolt.org/2013/11/the-pope-says-no-to-fracking-and-that-water-is-worth-more-than-gold/ Environmental Justice Organizations, Liabilities and Trade Pope Francisco welcomed a group of Argentineans, including an EJOLT member, Antonio Gustavo Gomez, an Attorney General from Argentina, yesterday on November 11th, 2013, in the Vatican. The meeting lasted an hour, with the participation of ...Click Here to Read More.

RT.com: Russian court grants bail to 9 foreign Greenpeace activists

http://rt.com/news/russia-bail-foreign-greenpeace-951/ Russia Published time: November 19, 2013 12:04 Edited time: November 19, 2013 16:28 A Russian police officer puts handcuffs on Greenpeace International activist, one of the “Arctic 30,” Ana Paula Alminhana Maciel from Brazil, in a defendant cage in a court in Russia’s second city of Saint Petersburg, on November 18, ...Click Here to Read More.

Offshore Energy Today: Center for Biological Diversity Calls for End of Offshore Fracking in California

http://www.offshoreenergytoday.com/center-for-biological-diversity-calls-for-end-of-offshore-fracking-in-california/ Posted on Nov 15th, 2013 with tags California, News, offshore fracking . Citing the use of hazardous hydraulic fracturing chemicals and the release of oil industry wastewater off California’s coast, the Center for Biological Diversity yesterday called on the Coastal ...Click Here to Read More.

AP: Gulf states get first $113M from oil spill pleas

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2013/11/14/gulf-states-get-first-113m-from-oil-spill-pleas/ By Jeff Amy, Associated Press Updated 1:08 pm, Thursday, November 14, 2013 Birds fly over an island that was threatened by the massive Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill on May 9, 2010 in Gulf of Mexico. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The five states that border the Gulf of Mexico ...Click Here to Read More.

New Zealand: Protesters’ flotilla awaits drillship

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9410561/Protesters-flotilla-awaits-drillship ELTON SMALLMAN BEN CURRAN/Fairfax NZ SPEAKING UP: Raglan residents at the car park in Manu Bay on Saturday, protesting against oil company Anadarko’s offshore drilling programme. Oil Free Seas Flotilla A flotilla of protesters is promising to defend the ocean from deep-sea oil exploration as an Anadarko vessel ...Click Here to Read More.

Business Week: Oil Drillers Rush Back to the Gulf of Mexico

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-11-14/2014-outlook-gulf-of-mexico-oil-patch-gushes-again By Edward Klump November 14, 2013 The Gulf of Mexico has been left for dead more than once over the past half-century. It’s now roaring back to life with at least 10 recent mega-discoveries that have renewed oil explorers’ enthusiasm for the region. Billions of dollars are being poured ...Click Here to Read More.

UPI.com: Black Elk Energy opposes rig disaster findings

http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Resources/2013/11/18/Black-Elk-Energy-opposes-rig-disaster-findings/UPI-53011384781827/?spt=rln&or=1 Nov. 18, 2013 at 8:37 AM HOUSTON, Nov. 18 (UPI) — Black Elk Energy said it didn’t agree with violations outlined by a federal safety regulator in response to a deadly fire on an offshore platform in 2012. Three of the 24 rig workers on a ...Click Here to Read More.

Credo Action: Interior Secretary Jewell doesn’t know about the most dangerous federal fracking loophole?

The petition to Secretary Jewell reads: “As one of the most important deciders on fracking, it’s vital that you fully understand the dangerous Halliburton Loophole, and other exemptions that the industry has carved out to pave the way for fracking. As long as gaping loopholes like this exist, the only sure way to protect our health and safety from fracking is to ban it ...Click Here to Read More.

Climate Progress: House To Vote On Bill That Would Impose $5,000 Fee For Protesting Drilling Projects

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/11/18/2962431/house-vote-protesting-drilling-projects/ BY EMILY ATKIN ON NOVEMBER 18, 2013 AT 3:05 PM The House is likely to vote on a number of GOP bills this week related to the oil and gas industry, arguably the most sweeping of which is the Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act. The bill, introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), is broad legislation ...Click Here to Read More.

WWLTV: Black Elk, contractors issued 41 violations following report & Forbes: Fail, Fine, Repeat: Business As Usual For Some Offshore Drillers

http://www.wwltv.com/news/eyewitness/davidhammer/Black-Elk-issued-41-violations-following-report-231808061.html GULF OF MEXICO – Commercial vessels spray water to extinguish a platform fire on board West Delta 32 approximately 20 miles offshore Grand Isle, La., in the Gulf of Mexico. First responders medevaced nine of the platform’s 22 personnel to nearby rigs. U.S. Coast Guard ...Click Here to Read More.

Greenpeace: Absolute must-read from the Philippines

Greenpeace As I was watching the tragic scenes of destruction from the Philippines and wondering how I could help, I received this email from the Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, Von Hernandez. It was such powerful reminder of why we do what we do that I asked if I could share it with you. He agreed. Sincerely, Phil Radford Greenpeace USA Executive Director P.S. For more on the ...Click Here to Read More.