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House Republican Leadership Looks To Prevent Rules That Save Lives

Posted July 17, 2012 by Regan Nelson in Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote next week on the “Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act" (H.R. 4078) – a bill that, among other things, imposes a moratorium on issuing virtually any new regulations as...continued

Administration's New Plan for Drilling in Our Oceans is Too Aggressive

Posted June 28, 2012 by Regan Nelson in Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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The Interior Department is set to release its five-year offshore oil and gas leasing plan covering the period 2012 to 2017. Under this plan, the Administration will allow further leasing in the fragile Arctic Ocean and offer up new tracts...continued

Senator Vitter Wants to Drill off Your Coast

Posted March 1, 2012 by Regan Nelson in Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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Senator Vitter has introduced an amendment to the Senate Transportation bill that would allow drilling off of every coast with zero consideration of environmental impacts. Senator Vitter’s amendment (#1535) would require the Administration to revert to a Bush Administration schedule...continued

Congress: Enough Excuses - Time to Pass Oil Spill Response Reforms

Posted September 19, 2011 by Regan Nelson in Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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A government investigation has found that last spring’s Deepwater Horizon explosion, which resulted in eleven worker deaths and led to our nation’s worst-ever oil spill, was the result of numerous failures and poor decision-making by BP and its contractors. The...continued

Administration's Reorganization of Offshore Energy Agency Falls Short of Needed Reform

Posted September 13, 2011 by Regan Nelson in Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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The days of BOEMRE are numbered.      BOEMRE, or the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, was set up as a temporary agency to replace the Minerals Management Service (MMS) after President Obama announced the beleaguered MMS...continued

A vote for revenue-sharing is a vote to increase the deficit

Posted July 19, 2011 by Regan Nelson in Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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The Senate Energy and Natural Resources will mark-up their oil spill response safety bill (S. 917) on Thursday morning.  Despite bi-partisan agreement on the underlying bill, Senators Landrieu and Murkowski will likely offer a controversial amendment that would send a...continued

Oceans Suffer Under Republican Budget Vision

Posted July 8, 2011 by Regan Nelson in Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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Yesterday, House Republicans passed an appropriations bill through subcommittee that, if signed into law, would severely retard efforts to protect our oceans, coasts and communities.  Rather than engaging in sensible budget trimming, the Republican appropriators are seeking a 19% cut...continued

Congress to Consider Big Oil's Demand to Allow More Air Pollution from Offshore Drilling

Posted June 20, 2011 by Regan Nelson in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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It’s bad enough that Big Oil companies want to drill below the fragile and remote Arctic Ocean off the coast of Alaska. But now they’re also demanding exemptions from the Clean Air Act so their offshore drilling operations can spew...continued

Congressional drilling bills: A Review and a Preview

Posted May 24, 2011 by Regan Nelson in Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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Review As much as Republican rhetoric signals otherwise, increasing offshore drilling off of our coasts, or weakening safety standards to speed existing offshore drilling will do nothing to lower gas prices. Recently, the Republican Leadership’s misguided rhetoric led to a...continued

Senate Poised to Take Up Drilling Bills Passed by the House

Posted May 12, 2011 by Regan Nelson in Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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Last night, Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a companion bill to the trio of offshore drilling bills passed by the House of Representatives this week and last.  Sen. McConnell’s bill, while not identical to the House bills, takes...continued

Congress marks 1-year anniversary of Gulf oil disaster by forcing more drilling

Posted April 11, 2011 by Regan Nelson in Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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As the 1-year mark of the nation’s worst offshore oil spill fast approaches, you might be surprised to learn that rather than taking action to prevent another deadly spill, Congress is instead proposing to expand offshore drilling while sidestepping environmental...continued

What we still haven't learned from the Exxon Valdez disaster

Posted March 24, 2011 by Regan Nelson in Moving Beyond Oil

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Twenty-two years ago today, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground the Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, and spilled nearly 11 million gallons of heavy crude oil, which eventually covered approximately 1,100 miles of sensitive coastline.  The environmental toll...continued

Congress' Starvation Diet of BOEMRE

Posted March 21, 2011 by Regan Nelson in Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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As part of my blog series examining the status of offshore oil and gas management nearly one-year after the Gulf oil disaster - and paying homage to the spirited budget debates that are occurring in Congress - I wanted to...continued

As 1-Year Anniversary Approaches, Congress Should Direct Fines from BP Spill to Gulf Restoration

Posted March 15, 2011 by Regan Nelson in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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As the 1-year anniversary of the BP Gulf oil disaster fast approaches, I wanted to write a series of blogs that focus on some of the National Oil Spill Commission’s key recommendations, and where things stand when it comes to...continued

Deepwater Drilling: Is It Safe Now?

Posted March 1, 2011 by Regan Nelson in Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans

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Yesterday, Secretary Salazar approved the first deepwater drilling permit since the tragic Gulf oil disaster last April.  The permit was awarded to Noble Energy, to drill a well in 6,500 feet of water, located 70 miles offshore from Venice, Louisiana....continued

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