drilling moratorium

Coast to Coast, Legislation Protecting Communities Gains Momentum

March 22, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Local Legislative Protections

Every day, communities across the country are taking action to protect themselves against the harms of industrial fracking. These efforts are illustrated by events like the string of successful bans and moratoria that passed as ballot measures in Colorado’s last election.[read more]

After the Drilling Moratorium Is Lifted

October 11, 2010 by Geoffrey Styles

As I was thinking about the offshore drilling moratoria--both the official one that's scheduled to end in a few weeks and the unofficial one that might drag on for months or years--it occurred to me that the Deepwater Horizon accident couldn't have happened at a worse time, in terms of our grasping its impact on our energy economy. There...[read more]

D-Day for Macondo

August 2, 2010 by

Today could be D-Day for the Macondo well. According to reports, BP is conducting a test to determine the likely success of killing the well from the top, while getting in position to assault the well from the bottom. This two-pronged attack is expected to begin tonight or tomorrow with a static kill in which heavy drilling muds are pumped into the Macondo's cap and down into the well. If the static kill works, the pressure inside the well will fall from 6,980 psi (pounds per square inch) to zero as the mud forces the rising oil and gas back down into the earth. Then engineers hope to force cement through the top of the well to permanently plug it from the top.[read more]

Moratorium Follies

July 16, 2010 by Geoffrey Styles

This week Secretary of Interior Salazar reissued the administration's deepwater drilling moratorium, with a few new twists and a notional six month limit. This happened in spite of loud protests from the states most affected by the spill, some of their representatives in Washington, and even some skepticism from the heads of the...[read more]

Salazar: Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Is the Right Decision

June 23, 2010 by Osha Davidson
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar this afternoon announced the administration’s intention to fight to keep a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling in place, despite a federal judge’s ruling today that placed an injunction on the measure. In a statement released today, Salazar defended the...[read more]

Louisianans Describe the Impact of the Spill

June 21, 2010 by

The effects of the six-month deepwater drilling moratorium are becoming manifest along the Gulf Coast. Published reports say rig hands in-training are abandoning plans to work in the offshore energy industry and are looking for jobs in the cleanup effort. To see the human cost of the spill and moratorium, take a look at the videos...[read more]