Posted on July 3, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
When will we ever learn?
More lease sales detailed in 5-year plan
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Facing political pressure to step up domestic energy production, the Obama administration last week announced plans to expand offshore oil drilling, in the Arctic and the the Gulf of Mexico, which is still suffering the effects of the Deepwater Horizon disaster that spilled more than 200 million gallons of oil.
The five-year plan schedules 15 lease sales in six offshore areas, including the Arctic’s Beaufort and Chukchi seas, despite concerns about the ability to cleanup spills in the remote Arctic. Continue reading
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Posted on June 24, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Conservation coalition says feds are ignoring painful lessons of Deepwater Horizon oil disaster
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — New deep water drilling plans in the Gulf of Mexico won’t go forward without a legal test, as a coalition of environmental groups last week challenged the Department of Interior’s decision to proceed with new permits without fully addressing the risks to wildlife and the environment.
While drilling regulators believe they have developed a robust new set of safety and environmental regulations, the conservation community thinks otherwise, claiming in the lawsuit that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management dismissed the lessons learned during the Deepwater Horizon disaster and failed to obtain essential information about the status of species and resources still suffering from the 2010 oil spill. Continue reading
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