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  • House Dems propose halt to drilling on public lands in broad climate bill

    12/17/2019 2:05:45 PM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 17, 2019 | Rebecca Beitsch
    House Democrats introduced sweeping climate legislation Tuesday that would halt fossil fuel production on public lands for at least a year as the nation prepares to drastically cut climate-warming pollution from its own land holdings. The bill from the House Natural Resources Committee requires the Department of the Interior to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions on public lands by 2040. “The Trump administration is handing out drilling and coal mining leases like candy, and no thought is ever given by this administration to the climate change impacts,” said Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) a sponsor of the bill as well as...

    11/24/2019 4:37:20 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 48 replies
    SouthFront ^ | November 24, 2019 | Staff
    A liberal watchdog group’s attempt to nail Rudy Giuliani has backfired in spectacular fashion after their FOIA request resulted in the US State Department releasing detailed accusations of corruption against the Bidens – based on interviews with former Ukrainian officials who were in charge of the investigations. Responding to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from the group American Oversight, the State Department on Friday night released almost 100 pages of records detailing efforts by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani to investigate corruption, which include contacts with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) earlier this year. While...
  • What Conservatives Need to Understand about the Downside of Drilling

    11/18/2019 7:24:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 94 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/18/2019 | By Josh First
    A lot of drilling pads are showing up across America, and in Pennsylvania, in places where only forests or sagebrush previously grew. These were relatively untouched wildlife habitat and clean watershed areas, and the sudden appearance of these facilities naturally caused people to become upset. That is because the high level of visual disturbance in such remote places is significant and harsh on the eye, and often the nose, too. Places that required hard won first-hand knowledge through careful exploration for hunters to access safely are now accessed every ten minutes by huge rumbling trucks on wide gravel roads. Getting...
  • Trump administration takes key step to open Alaskan wildlife refuge to drilling by end of year

    09/12/2019 2:48:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 12, 2019 | Miranda Green
    The Trump administration announced a key step toward opening Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas exploration Thursday, rolling out a plan that would see lease sales occur by the end of the year. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its finalized Environmental Impact Statement, which favors the option to offer lease sales across 1.56 million acres of Alaska’s coastal plains. “After rigorous review, robust public comment, and a consideration of a range of alternatives, today’s announcement is a big step to carry out the clear mandate we received from Congress to develop and implement a...
  • Shielding America Against Geopolitical Energy Shocks

    05/30/2019 3:51:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | May 29, 2019 | Ken Blackwell
    Despite America breaking records in oil production, consumers paid more for gasoline this spring, serving as a reminder that supply isn’t the only factor affecting oil prices. Oil production by OPEC members recently fell to a four-year low. At nearly the same time, oil sanctions were imposed against Venezuela and sanctions against Iranian oil exports were tightened, sending shockwaves rippling through the world market.The lesson for policymakers to take from recent gas pump price shocks is that, unless the nation is fully able to draw upon all of its energy resources when needed, American consumers will remain at the mercy...
  • Federal Judge Blocks Drilling On Public Lands In Wyoming

    05/22/2019 11:34:41 AM PDT · by Bob434 · 31 replies
    Cleantechnia ^ | March 22nd, 2019 | Steve Hanley
    Here’s what happened. A suit was filed by WildEarth Guardians, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Western Environmental Law Center prior to the 2016 election. It alleged the Bureau of Land Management, which oversees oil and gas exploration of federal lands, failed to calculate and limit the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from future oil and gas projects. Judge Rudolph Contreras agreed, ruling that BLM “did not adequately quantify the climate change impacts of oil and gas leasing” and “must consider the cumulative impact of GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions” generated by past, present and future BLM leases across the country.
  • Conservation groups press judge to block drilling, mining in 7 states over sage grouse

    04/22/2019 5:51:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 22, 2019 | Keith Ridler - AP
    BOISE, Idaho — Four conservation groups have asked a judge to block a Trump administration plan allowing drilling, mining and other activities in seven Western states they say will harm sage grouse. Western Watersheds Project and other groups asked for the injunction in U.S. District Court in Idaho late last week for Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, California and Oregon.
  • Judge rules Trump executive order allowing offshore drilling in Arctic Ocean unlawful

    03/30/2019 2:48:23 PM PDT · by Innovative · 121 replies
    CNN ^ | March 30, 2019 | Kevin Bohn
    A federal judge in Alaska has ruled an executive order by President Donald Trump allowing offshore oil drilling of tens of millions of acres in the Arctic Ocean is "unlawful and invalid." The ruling on Friday from US District Court Judge Sharon Gleason means a drilling ban for much of the Arctic Ocean off of Alaska will go back into effect. On April 28, 2017, Trump issued an executive order reversing three memoranda and one executive order in 2015 and 2016 by then President Barack Obama withdrawing about 125 million acres of the Arctic Ocean from oil leasing. The Obama...
  • US judge halts hundreds of drilling projects in groundbreaking climate change ruling

    03/21/2019 2:27:57 AM PDT · by blueplum · 22 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 20 Mar 2019 | Cassidy Randall
    n the first significant check on the Trump administration’s “energy-first” agenda, a US judge has temporarily halted hundreds of drilling projects for failing to take climate change into account. Drilling had been stalled on more than 300,000 acres of public land in Wyoming after it was ruled the Trump administration violated environmental laws by failing to consider greenhouse gas emissions. The federal judge has ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages US public lands and issues leases to the energy industry, to redo its analysis. The decision stems from an environmental lawsuit. WildEarth Guardians, Physicians for Social Responsibility,...
  • Judge blocks oil-drilling in Wyoming because of climate change

    03/21/2019 11:20:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 47 replies ^ | 3/21/2019 | Rick Moran
    An outrageous ruling from a federal judge will halt hundreds of oil and gas drilling projects across 500 square miles in Wyoming because he says the government did not adequately take into account climate change when granting the leases on public lands. Talk about out-of-control Judiciary. NBC News: U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras in Washington appeared to go a step further than other judges in his order issued late Tuesday. Previous rulings focused on individual lease sales or permits. But Contreras said that when the U.S. Bureau of Land Management auctions public lands for oil and gas leasing, officials must...
  • One Billion Barrels of Oil Discovered off US Coast

    01/10/2019 9:46:15 AM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 78 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 1/10/19 | Savannah Pointer
    British Petroleum announced this week that it had identified a drilling area capable of producing 1 billion barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. The discovery was made thanks to what the company referred to as “recent BP breakthrough in seismic imaging” used for oil exploration. And the announcement came only days after Bloomberg reported that the United States had become became a net exporter of oil for the first time in decades. In a news release, BP announced it expected to grow its gulf production to around 400,000 barrels of oil per day in the next decade. “BP’s...
  • ‘Beyond foolish’ not to study possible oil spills in Gulf Stream, drilling opponents say

    12/14/2018 9:53:13 AM PST · by Steve Schulin · 16 replies
    The Post and Courier (Charleston SC) ^ | Dec 14, 2018 | Tony Bartelme (Charleston Post and Courier)
    The federal government’s failure to study risks of oil spills in the powerful Gulf Stream is “stunning” and “beyond foolish” given the stakes and current’s force, drilling opponents said this week. Packing more power than all of the world’s freshwater rivers combined, the Gulf Stream flows about 55 miles off the South Carolina coast. Yet federal regulators haven’t done computer simulations of how oil spills would interact with this mighty river in the sea, The Post and Courier reported earlier this year in its investigative project “Into the Gulf Stream.” Critics said this omission is particularly glaring in the wake...
  • Trump Push For 'Energy Dominance' Boosts Drilling On Public Land

    11/25/2018 5:44:45 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 7 replies
    NPR ^ | November 25,2018
    Another reason is the vast expanse of cheap land in this state, much of it federally owned, and some of which is now being auctioned off for as little as $2 an acre. That's a fraction of some prices in Texas, Larry says, where more competition has driven up the cost of land. In Wyoming, "we're looking at places that aren't so crowded," he says. "It's untouched fields and that's what people are most interested in." The Trump administration has made much more of that cheap, public land available to oil and gas companies. The amount of land for lease...
  • Big Oil Wins Ballot Initiatives In Colorado, Washington

    11/07/2018 7:58:44 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 12 replies ^ | 11-07-2018 | Para
    Big Oil has poured a lot of money to defeat energy-restricting ballot initiatives in various states in the midterm elections, and it succeeded in two key votes. Voters in Colorado were asked to vote on a ballot proposition to increase the setback distance for drilling oil and gas wells by five times to 2,500 feet, which would have put a lot of land off limits for new developments. Voters in Washington State voted on a proposal to instate a U.S. first state-wide carbon tax. Both initiatives failed, and both ‘no’ camps were supported by Big Oil. In Colorado, Proposition 112...
  • It's All-Or-Nothing For Colorado Drillers

    11/05/2018 12:18:03 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 10 replies ^ | 11-05-2018 | Nicholas
    Colorado voters will decide the future of the oil and gas industry in their state on Tuesday, as they contemplate requiring greater distances between them and drilling operations. There are more than 150 voter initiatives on the ballot in 37 states on November 6, ranging from healthcare to marijuana legalization, from voting rules to criminal justice reform. There are also a series of votes that will affect the oil and gas industry. Voters in Washington State will decide on passing the nation’s first carbon tax, while California will weigh a repeal of a gasoline tax. But the vote in Colorado...
  • New York Times pushing fake news about oil and gas drilling

    10/28/2018 1:15:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | October 28, 2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    While it doesn’t get much play in the heat of the final days leading up to the midterms, U.S. energy policy is still in the news. Unfortunately, not all of the coverage is quite as honestly depicted as you might hope. We’re still riding a nearly unprecedented energy boom in the United States, but the New York Times found a way to cast a dark cloud over it this weekend. Eric Lipton et al. published a look at oil and gas drilling on federal lands in Wyoming designed to send chills down your spine just in time for Halloween. To...
  • Trump admin approves Arctic offshore oil drilling project off Alaska’s coast

    10/24/2018 1:11:21 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/24/18 | TIMOTHY CAMA
    The Trump administration approved a company’s plan Wednesday to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean north of Alaska, the first time oil would be produced from federal waters in the Arctic. The approval from the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is conditional, and Hilcorp Energy Co. would still have to get other federal permits and abide by standards like restricting drilling seasons. “Working with Alaska Native stakeholders, the Department of Interior is following through on President Trump’s promise of American energy dominance,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a statement. “American energy dominance is good for...
  • Sabotage aboard the International Space Station? MORE evidence of 'drilling' ...

    09/14/2018 5:31:16 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 81 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/14/18 | Will Stewart
    Sabotage aboard the International Space Station? MORE evidence of 'drilling' has been found in the docked Soyuz spacecraft, Russia claims The ISS experienced a drop in pressure due to an air leak overnight to August 30 A top official in Moscow claimed last week the damage was caused by a drill Now Russian sources say more extensive evidence of 'drilling' has been found Alarming new traces of 'drilling' have been found on a Soyuz spacecraft docked with the International Space Station, Russian sources revealed today. Moscow had already hinted at possible sabotage over damage found to the Soyuz MS-09 and...
  • Trump administration moves to open 1.6 million acres to fracking, drilling in California

    08/08/2018 7:36:03 PM PDT · by Mariner · 54 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | August 8th, 2018 | By Dale Kasler
    Ending a five-year moratorium, the Trump administration Wednesday took a first step toward opening 1.6 million acres of California public land to fracking and conventional oil drilling, triggering alarm bells among environmentalists. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said it’s considering new oil and natural gas leases on BLM-managed lands in Fresno, San Luis Obispo and six other San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast counties. Meanwhile, activists in San Luis Obispo are pushing a ballot measure this fall to ban fracking and new oil exploration in the county. If BLM goes ahead with the plan, it would mark the first...
  • OPEC Gives In To Trump's Demands, Agrees To Increase Production To 1 Million BBLs A Day

    06/22/2018 8:40:12 AM PDT · by Proud White Trump Supporter · 105 replies
    AP wired services twitter ^ | 6-22-18 | WiredSources
    BREAKING: OPEC countries give in to President Trump's demands, agree to increase oil production by almost 1 million barrels a day - AP