Earth Week Exclusive Interview with Carol Browner, Conservation Champion

Earth Week Exclusive Interview with Carol Browner, Conservation Champion

Carol Browner has had a long career in public service on environmental conservation.  She was the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from 1993-2001 and served as President Obama’s Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, and also served as a member of the Gulf Oil Spill Commission. ODP:  The […]

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Norway to End Arctic Oil and Gas Drilling

Norway to End Arctic Oil and Gas Drilling

In a decision that caught oil and gas industry executives by surprise, the largest governing party in Norway announced it is withdrawing its support for fossil fuel exploration in the Arctic ocean near the sensitive Lofoten Islands, thereby effectively putting them off limits for development. According to Bloomberg, State-controlled Equinor ASA, the biggest Norwegian oil producer, have said that gaining access to Lofoten is key if the country wants to maintain fuel production — experts had estimated that there are 1 billion to 3 billion barrels of oil in the waters off the Lofoten archipelago.  

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Pipelines Remain a Flashpoint

Pipelines Remain a Flashpoint

The President will travel to Texas tomorrow to sign a controversial executive order regarding streamlining the permitting process for oil and gas pipeline projects.  This comes just more than a week after the President signed another controversial executive order to revive the Keystone XL pipeline’s construction, which had been halted by a Montana federal judge’s order.

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President Trump Issues XL Pipeline End Run

President Trump Issues XL Pipeline End Run

Last Friday, with no fanfare or boasting, the President signed a new Executive Order approving the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which had been held up in extended litigation over whether environmental reviews of the project were sufficient.  The new order replaced a previous permit and executive order from early 2017 reversing the Obama Administration and green-lighting the controversial project.  

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Texas chemical explosion kills worker, 3rd plant explosion in 3 weeks

Texas chemical explosion kills worker, 3rd plant explosion in 3 weeks

Yesterday in Crosby, Texas (about 25 miles northeast of Houston) a tank holding a flammable chemical caught fire at a KMCO chemical plant, killing one worker, critically injuring two others and sending panicked employees fleeing over a fence to safety. This was the third explosion in the petrochemical industry in the past 3 weeks (the […]

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Judge Tosses Trump Plan To Drill Offshore In Alaska

Judge Tosses Trump Plan To Drill Offshore In Alaska

A federal judge in Alaska dealt a major blow late Friday to the Trump Administration’s plan to allow drilling for oil and gas in the ocean waters off the North Slope of Alaska and in deep-sea canyons in the Atlantic Ocean.  President Obama used his statutory authority under the law governing ocean oil and gas drilling to “withdraw” these areas from ANY subsequent plan to lease them out, but three months after taking office, President Trump “revoked” the Obama decision. 

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