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UPDATED: Shell awarded Gulf drilling contract; Coast Guard blames sheen in Gulf on river sediment

By | 03.22.11 | 11:28 am

The Obama administration has approved the first Gulf of Mexico deepwater drilling plan since BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill, Reuters reports. Shell Offshore intends to drill for oil and natural gas at a site 130 miles from the Louisiana coast.

In a joint statement with Michael Bromwich, director of the More…

Interior Department responds to IG investigation into its oil spill report

By | 11.10.10 | 11:10 am

The Interior Department responded swiftly this morning to a report by its inspector general that said last-minute editing by the White House of a report on the oil spill led to the false implication that the report’s recommendation of a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling had been peer reviewed More…

Administration to require drillers to sign statement confirming compliance with new rules

By | 11.08.10 | 4:40 pm

The Obama administration released a notice today specifying the terms of a new requirement that the operator of any new deepwater drilling project sign a statement confirming that it has met all new safety regulations.

The four-page notice to lessees (NTL) also specifies that any operator of a new More…

Landrieu Still Has Not Made Decision on Her OMB Chief Hold

By | 11.01.10 | 1:47 pm

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) has still not made a decision about whether to lift her hold on President Obama’s nominee to head the White House Office of Management and Budget, Jack Lew, her office told TWI today.

“There’s nothing new to report at this time,” Landrieu spokeswoman Ellie Atkins said More…

Chevron to Develop Oil Fields in Deeper Water Than Deepwater Horizon Rig

By | 10.22.10 | 11:54 am

Here’s something that’s sure to get under environmentalists’ skin. Chevron announced yesterday that it plans to develop two Gulf of Mexico oil fields in waters that are significantly deeper than those surrounding the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, which exploded in April, dumping 4.9 million barrels of oil into the More…

Restuccia Talks Drilling Moratorium on KALW — Listen Live

By | 10.15.10 | 2:25 pm

TWI’s Andrew Restuccia is on KALW radio’s “Your Call” right now, discussing the Obama administration’s decision to lift the deepwater drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico. Have a listen live, here.

Running the Numbers on Offshore Drilling Inspectors

By | 10.12.10 | 3:36 pm

Here’s one interesting tidbit from today’s conference call on the deepwater drilling moratorium. Even though the administration has decided to lift the moratorium, the Interior Department has not yet hired new inspectors to look at rigs in the Gulf.

Michael Bromwich, head of the newly formed Bureau of Energy More…


Administration Lifts Deepwater Drilling Moratorium

By | 10.12.10 | 2:08 pm

The Obama administration announced today it is lifting the moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico that was imposed in the aftermath of the BP oil spill. But Interior Secretary Ken Salazar gave few details about how soon drilling would resume in the Gulf.

Salazar said he believes More…

Administration Expected to Lift Deepwater Drilling Moratorium This Week

By | 10.12.10 | 11:25 am

The White House is expected to lift a moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico by the end of the week, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters this morning.

The moratorium was imposed in the aftermath of the BP oil spill, which dumped 4.9 million barrels More…

Landrieu Says She Won’t Budge on OMB Hold

By | 09.29.10 | 5:37 pm

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) said today she stands by her hold on President Obama’s nominee for White House Office of Management and Budget director because the administration has yet to overturn its moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.