offshore drilling

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Make Available Nearly 80 Percent of the Undiscovered Technically Recoverable Resources'

February 6, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Recoverable Resources

The Obama administration has released plans to open up the US Atlantic coast to offshore oil drilling for the first time. Obama declined to issue leases after the ban expired, and clamped down BP oil spill. But Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said that tougher regulations and oversight have improved safety.[read more]

(Don't) Drill, Baby, Drill: Economic, Environmental, and Military Conflicts Associated with Offshore Drilling

Offshore Drilling Conflicts

In 2008, a 25-year congressional prohibition on offshore drilling off the Atlantic coast ended, opening it up to energy exploration and poising it to be the next energy frontier. The intersection of increased energy prices and rising demand made drilling in this area an appealing endeavor.[read more]

US East Coast Oil & Gas Exploration Could Start in 'Coming Months'

February 28, 2014 by Jared Anderson

East Coast Gas Exploration


The US Department of Interior released today an Environmental Impact Statement regarding US East Coast offshore seismic surveys, which constitute early-stage oil & gas exploration. The east coast has been off limits to oil companies for 30 years, but a favorable EIS could presage permitting activity.[read more]

Stepping Forward on Offshore Drilling

April 29, 2013 by Mark Green

offshore drilling

Access to areas offshore and onshore is vital to the kind of expanded domestic oil and natural gas production needed to make the United States more energy self-sufficient, which would strengthen our energy security.[read more]

3 Years Later: Act on the Lessons of BP Gulf Oil Spill

April 18, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

Deepwater Horizon

We've issued report card on the progress made and the considerable work yet to be done since the BP spill, assigning grades to the three key actors: the administration (B), the offshore drilling industry (B-); and the U.S. Congress (D+).[read more]

Policymakers Share Common Ground on Energy Revenue, But Can They Deliver?

March 24, 2013 by Clifton Yin

Senators Murkowski and Landrieu

The FAIR Act is motivated in large part by a desire to financially empower coastal states and is only the latest attempt to expand state revenue sharing from offshore fossil fuel development.[read more]

Japan's Methane Hydrates and the Future of Global Energy

March 19, 2013 by Sarah Battaglia

Countries including the U.S., Canada, Norway, and China are also interested in using hydrate deposits as an additional source of energy, since methane is a main component.[read more]

Massive Investment in North Sea Oil

February 26, 2013 by Lee Woodrow

Investment in the North Sea is the highest for 30 years and rising, according to a report by an oil and gas trade body. It credited the recent introduction of tax relief to encourage investment in “difficult projects."[read more]

In an Election Year, Time to Talk Energy

May 17, 2012 by Mark Green

Just a thought, but how great would it be if one of this fall’s presidential debates focused solely on energy issues?Past presidential debates have discussed the economy and jobs, national security and foreign policy, and of course all of those are important. Yet, when you think about it, energy is the nexus where all come together....[read more]

Video: Alaska's Offshore Oil - Hope or Peril?

May 24, 2011 by Silvio Marcacci

The U.S. government is considering plans to increase oil and gas production off Alaska, and major companies are eying untapped resources in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. But these potential oil and gas fields are in pristine areas, called “the garden” by native Inupiat tribes, that have been hunted and fished for thousands of years. energyNOW! correspondent Dan Goldstein travels to Alaska’s North Slope to find out if offshore drilling can co-exist with an ancient way of life.[read more]

Debunking 5 Myths about Gas Prices

March 30, 2011 by Robert Rapier

Gasoline prices have been steadily climbing for several months, and Americans are feeling the pain at the pump. The possible culprits (from greedy oil execs to Mideast turmoil) are as plentiful as the proposed solutions (more offshore drilling, green energy or government reserves). But what is really driving prices up? And what, if anything, can be done about it? Let’s take a moment to fill up on information about our fuel.[read more]

Oil Spill Commission's Recommendations: Who's Started Adopting Them, Who Hasn't

March 30, 2011 by Frances Beinecke

This month marked the official end of the National Commission on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. After months of investigation, we delivered our recommendations in January on how to prevent another oil spill tragedy in the future, and now we are closing up shop. Ten months after the commission started and nearly...[read more]

Deepwater Horizon: The Commission Finds...

January 13, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

I've been skimming through the report of the presidential commission on the Deepwater Horizon accident. Lacking time to read every word, I'm finding it on the whole a moderate document. By that I mean that it will not satisfy either those who expected the commission to repudiate deepwater drilling entirely or those that harbored faint...[read more]

Top 10 Energy Stories of 2010: BP's Deepwater Horizon Fallout & Oil Prices Rise

December 29, 2010 by Robert Rapier

Here are my choices for the Top 10 energy related stories of 2010. I can’t remember having such a difficult time squeezing this list down to 10 stories, because there were many important energy stories for 2010. It was hard to cut some of them from the Top 10; so hard that I almost did a Top 15. But I made some difficult choices, and...[read more]

Estimating job losses due to the deepwater drilling moratorium – was the good news simply assumed?

September 21, 2010 by Michael Giberson

Last week I pointed out that, “Temporary policies have temporary effects – and sometimes that is good news,” pointing to an Obama administration report that found job losses due to the temporary ban on deepwater drilling were smaller than expected. But possible the government reached their happy results more or less by assumption rather...[read more]