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Don’t Let Congress Silence Sportsmen

6/26/2014 // By Frank Sturges

Public land use is a balancing act. Developing oil and gas resources on public lands requires careful planning and robust conversations. Hunters, anglers, and wildlife enthusiasts depend on public lands for outstanding outdoor experiences and these sportsmen contribute significantly to […] Read more >

Hercules 265 Natural Gas Rig on Fire

Another Rig Fire in the Gulf, Another Wakeup Call

7/24/2013 // By Lacey McCormick

Updated below – 7/25/2013 Late last night, a natural gas drilling rig known as Hercules 265 exploded. The rig has now partially collapsed and is burning out of control, too dangerous for firefighters to approach. This incident begs the question: […] Read more >

(Photo by J. D. Ebberly/Flickr)

East Coast Dolphins Would Get Sonic Migraine from Proposed Drilling

4/5/2012 // By Tony Iallonardo

Last week, the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) took another step toward green lighting geological surveys for oil and gas drilling in the Mid- and South-Atlantic Ocean. With all the political backslapping over expanded drilling, few brought up that the excesses […] Read more >

The Canandian Coast Guard ship Amundsen on an ice floe in the Beaufort Sea (photo: flickr/indigo-)

Shell Moves Us One Step Closer to an Arctic Tragedy

8/10/2011 // By Peter LaFontaine

The Arctic Ocean is one of the globe’s last wildernesses: often dark, always frigid, and prone to violent storms and drifting ice sheets that make navigation next to impossible.  But despite all of these problems the Obama Administration just gave […] Read more >

Arctic drilling places endangered species like this Polar Bear in harm's way (photo: Amy Messere)

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Water

7/7/2011 // By Peter LaFontaine

More evidence that Congress lives in an alternate universe: they still think offshore oil rigs are no place for regulators. Basic common sense says that if you want to increase oil production, you at least need to pay for more […] Read more >

Exxon Mobile CEO Jed Clampett and Family

Big Oil Finally Catches a Break, Can Now Afford to Send Kids to College

6/10/2011 // By Peter LaFontaine

Big Oil made big news on Wednesday when Exxon Mobil announced a major find in one of its Gulf of Mexico oil fields.  Predictably, the industry and their friends in government are using the announcement to push for more drilling. […] Read more >

Oil rig, Cromarty Firth, djmacphotography.co.uk

Climate Capsule: Kids Sue While Congress Squabbles

5/10/2011 // By Amanda Stone

This week’s stories: Highlight of the Week: Showdown: Drill Bills vs. Billions in Tax Perks Quote: Ken Salazar, Interior Secretary Economic Story of the Week: Pain at the Pump, Who’s to Blame? Editorial of the Week: The Return of ‘Drill, […] Read more >

Thousands of ships were deployed to help in the containment efforts.

Do we need to hold a bake sale to fund drilling rig inspections?

4/20/2011 // By Peter LaFontaine

A year after the Gulf oil spill, Congress has not passed a single bill to make offshore drilling safer. But they have managed to screw up the one slam-dunk item in the recent budget deal, setting aside only $47 million […] Read more >

Offshore rig (photo: Shane Lampman)

Maddow Tears Apart Drilling Plan Safety Claims

3/28/2011 // By Peter LaFontaine

Under heavy fire from Republicans and oil state Democrats, the Obama Administration has sped up offshore oil production, granting six new deepwater permits in a little over a month.  Many folks who follow this issue have been dismayed at the […] Read more >

The Deepwater Horizon on fire (photo: US Coast Guard)

Brother of Fallen BP Rig Worker Slams “Drill, baby, drill”

3/22/2011 // By Peter LaFontaine

As the chants of “Drill, baby, drill!” get louder and louder and politicians thunder from their pulpits about putting oil rigs back in action, let’s not forget what it all means for the men and women who work on them. […] Read more >