Posts Tagged ‘drilling moratorium’

Nunnelee co-sponsors three offshore drilling bills

GULF OF MEXICO — Congressman Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.) has co-sponsored three bills that he says would reduce American dependence on foreign oil by expanding offshore energy production. The bills were introduced under the American Energy Initiative, led by House Republicans, which includes an all-of-the-above approach — more American oil, natural gas, coal and nuclear energy. […] [...]

Senators pushing for extension of offshore leases

GULF OF MEXICO — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are co-sponsoring legislation to extend the life of leases for offshore oil and gas exploration that the lawmakers say “have been left in limbo since the Obama administration issued a moratorium on offshore energy activities last spring.” The Lease Extension and Energy Security […] [...]

Cochran, Wicker co-sponsor bill to ‘revive’ offshore drilling

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) have cosponsored a resolution that outlines steps the U.S. Department of the Interior should take to revive offshore energy production, which has stagnated despite the lifting of federal drilling bans. The bipartisan resolution, authored by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), details the plight of […] [...]

Agency leader denies ‘de facto’ drilling moratorium

GULF OF MEXICO — The head of the federal agency that regulates offshore oil drilling says the government is not trying to slow the permitting of drilling and denies the existence of what some in the industry call a “de facto moratorium” on drilling. Michael Bromwich, head of the Bureau of Ocean Energy, Management and […] [...]

Harper On Energy

U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper speaks to the 2010 annual business meeting of the U.S. Oil & Gas Association at the King Edward Hotel in Jackson. [...]

Regulator: Oil drilling moratorium to remain

GULF OF MEXICO — The top federal offshore oil drilling regulator is telling the presidential oil spill commission that the temporary halt to deepwater drilling will remain in place for a few more months. The Interior Department issued the moratorium after the deadly April 20 BP oil rig explosion. It was overturned in court and […] [...]

Texas suing White House over drilling moratorium

HOUSTON — The Texas attorney general sued the Obama administration yesterday over its new deep-water offshore drilling moratorium, claiming it is unjustified and federal officials did not contact the state before issuing the ban. Attorney General Greg Abbott filed the 18-page suit in federal court in Houston against Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. […] [...]

Drilling moratorium could be lifted early

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration hopes to lift a freeze on deepwater drilling well before its scheduled Nov. 30 expiration date, the nation’s top drilling regulator said yesterday. Michael Bromwich, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, said he and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar were gathering information to decide whether to […] [...]

Environmental groups want moratorium judge disqualified

NEW ORLEANS — Several environmental groups have asked a federal appeals court to disqualify a judge from a lawsuit over the Obama administration’s initial six-month moratorium on deep-water oil drilling. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman overturned the temporary drilling ban in June and refused last month to withdraw from the case. In a court filing […] [...]

Wicker joins bill to end drilling moratorium

WASHINGTON — Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), along with Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), has introduced legislation that would lift the Obama administration’s offshore drilling and permitting moratorium for companies that have complied with the new safety and inspection requirements issued by the Department of the Interior (DOI). “It is clear that […] [...]

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