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2011-05-10 07:16:00

HOUSTON, May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- @ShallowWaterNRG, the Twitter feed of the Shallow Water Energy Security Coalition, will be live-tweeting this week's floor consideration of H.R. 1229, the Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act of 2011. Twitter users are encouraged to follow @ShallowWaterNRG for legislative updates. H.R. 1229 provides a one-year extension to the hundreds of leases impacted by the drilling moratorium. The bill also requires the Secretary of the Interior...

2011-04-14 10:48:00

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by Senator Bob Graham and William K. Reilly, Co-chairs for the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, on House Natural Resources Offshore Drilling Proposals: "Efficient, expeditious review of permitting decisions for offshore oil development is critical to meet our country's demand for transportation fuels, and that is clearly an objective of the bills under...

2010-12-08 12:24:00

Advice from political activists, not industry professionals being heeded by administration to detriment of U.S. economy HOUSTON, Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Engineering professor and petroleum industry veteran Michael J. Economides expressed concern today over comments made by President Obama's national oil spill commission co-chair, William K. Reilly, advocating a complete safety overhaul of America's oil and gas industry. "It would be absurd for the administration or the...

2010-11-10 14:49:00

HOUSTON, Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Shallow Water Energy Security Coalition issued the following statement today regarding comments from BOEM Director Michael Bromwich to the President's Oil Spill Commission regarding resources needed to carry out drilling reforms: The obstacles that shallow water drillers face in conducting operations in the Gulf are greater than just a question of government resources. It's essential that BOEM make its entire review process more...

2010-10-20 14:23:00

HOUSTON, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jim Noe, Executive Director of the Shallow Water Energy Security Coalition , issued the following statement today regarding the ruling by Judge Martin Feldman in Ensco Offshore Co. v. Salazar to strike down regulation NTL-05. This ruling highlights the Obama administration's haphazard approach to offshore drilling. As Judge Feldman himself said, "Notice and comment were required by law. The government did not comply." The rules thrown out by...

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2010-10-13 06:30:00

Officials said the U.S. lifted a ban on Tuesday on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico imposed after the BP oil spill. "We have decided it is now appropriate to lift the suspension on deepwater drilling for those operators that are able to clear the higher bar that we have set for safety," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told the AFP news agency. President Barack Obama ordered a six-month freeze on deepwater offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico shortly after the BP oil disaster...

2008-09-29 09:00:49

News Analysis: End of offshore oil drilling ban signals shift of U.S. energy strategy WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Senate on Saturday approved the lifting of a quarter-century ban on offshore oil and gas drilling, a move analysts say marks a major shift in U.S. energy strategy. Senators approved a 630-billion-dollar spending bill by a 78-12 vote. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved the same bill which dropped the offshore drilling bans. The move indicates that the...

2008-09-25 09:00:47

By Lee Davidson Deseret News and Associated Press WASHINGTON -- The House, responding to growing public demand for more domestic energy, voted Wednesday to end a quarter-century ban on oil and natural gas drilling off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts - - and a more recent ban on developing oil shale in Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. Extension of the bans for another year was left off a $630 billion-plus stopgap government spending bill that President Bush had threatened a veto -- possibly...

2008-09-24 09:00:08

By Andrew Taylor Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Democrats have decided to allow a quarter-century ban on drilling for oil off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to expire next week, conceding defeat in a months-long battle with the White House and Republicans set off by $4 a gallon gasoline prices this summer. House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., told reporters Tuesday that a provision continuing the moratorium will be dropped this year from a stopgap spending bill to...

2008-09-15 21:00:25

By H. Josef Hebert WASHINGTON - House Republicans attacked a Democratic offshore drilling plan Friday for including a 50-mile coastal buffer that they said would leave untouched most of the 18 billion barrels of oil in waters now off-limits to energy companies. A Democratic drilling proposal expected to be taken up by the House next week would allow energy development access to waters 50 to 100 miles from shore along almost all of the country's coastlines as long as a state agrees to...


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