offshore oil drilling

New Evidence Shows Government Grossly Underestimated Risks of Atlantic Oil and Gas Exploration

November 6, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Last year the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued an environmental analysis that would open the east coast, from the New Jersey/Delaware border down through central Florida, to seismic airgun surveys. These surveys are what the offshore industry uses to prospect for oil and gas.[read more]

Deep Sea Drilling Rules and the Transition from Fossil Fuels

April 15, 2015 by Steven Cohen

The Department of the Interior will soon issue rules for new (not existing) oil drilling operations set to be released on the 5th anniversary of the deadly explosion of a BP oil drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the New York Times, the rule is expected to tighten safety requirements.[read more]

Offshore Drilling in Virginia Threatens Economy, Environment, and Naval Operations

May 27, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Naval exercises near Norfolk


Virginia’s leaders should instead look to a proven source of homegrown energy development that will create new jobs without jeopardizing current ones or contributing to our nation’s unsustainable thirst for climate-altering fossil fuels.[read more]

Managing Continuous Improvement in Offshore Drilling Safety [INFOGRAPHIC]

May 4, 2013 by Mark Green

Industry’s commitment to continually improving safety in deep-water operations is a moral obligation – to our workers, to the American people and to the environment. It’s also sound business.[read more]

Three Years After Deepwater Horizon, Congress Has Failed To Improve Drilling Safety

April 21, 2013 by Joseph Romm

BP Gulf oil spill

So, three years after the BP Gulf oil catastrophe, what has changed? Are government and industry leaders taking steps to reduce the risk of another destructive spill or blowout? The answers are decidedly mixed.[read more]

Shell Suspends Arctic Drilling for 2013

March 2, 2013 by Marianne Lavelle

The troubles that roiled Shell’s rig, the Kulluk, off the coast of Alaska this past winter will reverberate through the summer; the oil company announced it would not seek to drill in U.S. Arctic waters in 2013.[read more]

Toward Greater Energy Self-Sufficiency

February 24, 2013 by Mark Green

The question is how can the United States become more energy self-sufficient and in the process help exert downward pressure on crude prices in the global market?[read more]

'Drill, Baby, Drill' Gains In US Polls

March 30, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

You might think rising gasoline prices at a time of flat demand and surging domestic oil production would convince Americans that we need to find alternatives to oil. But no. A new survey shows the public increasingly tilting toward doubling down on oil, on the apparent assumption that if the United States just produces even...[read more]

BP Signs Offshore Oil Drilling Deal in World's Environmental Bastion, the Arctic Ocean

January 19, 2011 by Nathanael Baker

With the recent announcement of its intentions to set up exploratory offshore oil drilling operations in the Arctic, BP (NYSE: BP) is set to embark into uncharted and hostile waters. The British media outlet, The Independent reports that last Friday BP signed a contract with Russia state-owned oil company Rosneft to explore...[read more]

Which Would You Choose: Offshore Wind or Offshore Oil?

May 3, 2010 by Frances Beinecke

Like all Americans, I am sickened by the news coming from the Gulf of Mexico. The oil spill is now 100 miles long and is moving toward the Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida coastlines. As I watch coverage of the devastation, I am reminded of another energy story from last week: the approval of the Cape Wind offshore wind farm in the...[read more]