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2010-05-19 15:51:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the Renewable Energy Accountability Project called on the Obama Administration to halt any new permits for offshore oil drilling on both coasts of the United States. "It has been nearly a month since British Petroleum's Deep Water Horizon oil rig caught fire and began releasing hundreds of thousands of barrels of toxic crude oil into the Gulf waters. However, what is more tragic is the fact that the regulators responsible for...

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2010-05-10 10:05:00

BP officials are searching for new ways to plug up the leaky oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico after the containment dome hit a snag. British energy giant BP was facing the possibility that if the dome fix fell through, the crisis would turn into an even worse environmental disaster. The White House has also been trying to contain fallout from the disaster threatening to take a toll on President Barack Obama's political and energy agenda. Obama will meet with Cabinet members and senior staff...

2010-04-05 12:25:00

WASHINGTON, April 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mobil Natural Gas Inc., Mobil Exploration & Producing U.S. Inc. and their affiliates have agreed to pay the United States $32.2 million to resolve claims that they violated the False Claims Act by knowingly underpaying royalties owed on natural gas produced from federal and American Indian leases, the Justice Department announced today. The Mobil companies are alleged to have systematically under reported the value of natural gas...

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2010-03-02 13:04:22

NOAA's new research vessel trawling for sperm whale prey in deepwater Gulf of Mexico Minerals Management Service (MMS) and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service biologists have set sail to learn more about the prey of sperm whales in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The first of the research cruise's three legs was completed on February 10, 2010 and the second is underway. The first and second legs of the cruise departed from the NOAA Fisheries Service's...

2010-01-06 12:37:49

'Observation of the Deepwater Manifestation of the Loop Current and Loop Current Rings in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico' A study released by the Minerals Management Service today examines the circulation in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico (GOM) and sheds new light on the behavior of the Loop Current (LC) and Loop Current Eddies (LCEs), the relation between the upper- and lower-layer currents, and the variability of water mass characteristics in deepwater. When the LC and the LCE are present in the...

2010-01-04 17:27:00

HYANNIS, Mass., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound applauds today's National Park Service (NPS) determination that Nantucket Sound is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The decision agrees with the Massachusetts top historic preservation officer's opinion that Nantucket Sound is culturally significant for two local federally recognized Native American tribes - the Mashpee Wampanoag and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gayhead (Aquinnah) -...

2009-12-23 15:56:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Chevron Corporation, Texaco, Unocal Incorporated and their affiliates (the Chevron companies) have agreed to pay the United States $45,569,584.74, to resolve claims that they violated the False Claims Act by knowingly underpaying royalties owed on natural gas produced from federal and Indian leases, the Justice Department announced today. The Minerals Management Service (MMS) of the U.S. Department of the Interior is responsible for...

2009-10-26 15:49:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Solutions filed today a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Minerals Management Service (MMS) of the Department of the Interior (DOI), requesting documents pertaining to the tabulated results of the recent public comment period for DOI's five-year energy plan for offshore oil and gas drilling. American Solutions sources have indicated that MMS staff has confirmed that the comments have been tabulated internally and...

2009-10-13 09:03:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tom Fry has announced he will retire as the President of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) in early 2010. Randall Luthi was named as his successor by the NOIA Board of Directors Friday, October 9 at the association's Fall Meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado. "It has been my great privilege to represent the interests of the offshore energy industry over the past decade," said Fry, who has served as NOIA President since...

2009-09-21 16:04:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- President of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) Tom Fry issued the following statement on the closing of the comment period for the next Draft Proposed 5-Year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Leasing Program. "Now that the six month extension to the original commenting period has closed, the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) urges Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to promptly review the comments and consider and...


Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.