Offshore drilling ban unlikely to be extended, official says 8/10/2010

Mobile, Alabama (CNN) — The head of the government agency that regulates offshore drilling said Tuesday that it is “unlikely” a six-month moratorium on the practice will be extended.

“Obviously, we can’t predict everything that we learn or everything that may happen in the outside world before then, but … I see no […]

BP disaster started in February?

Ed Morrissey 6/19/2010

Until this week, the general impression of the Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf has been that the explosion took everyone by surprise, and that neither BP nor a dysfunctional MMS had any idea that the well had reached a critical stage. Two days ago, however, Bloomberg reported that both BP […]

BP and the Union Foot on Obama’s Neck

Lurita Doan 5/31/2010

…Firing a unionized, poorly-performing federal employee is made even more difficult by the Obama Administration’s pro-union tilt and by their decision to support the agenda of big Labor. Elizabeth Birnbaum may have wanted to axe the federal employees watching porn and taking drugs, but first, she’d have to battle the powerful […]

U.S. Said to Allow Drilling Without Needed Permits

Ian Urbina The New York Times 5/13/2010

WASHINGTON — The federal Minerals Management Service gave permission to BP and dozens of other oil companies to drill in the Gulf of Mexico without first getting required permits from another agency that assesses threats to endangered species — and despite strong warnings from that agency about the […]

Washington Examiner: A rush for black gold in the Gulf

A rush for black gold in the Gulf Washington Examiner Examiner Editorial August 20, 2009

Major new offshore drilling for oil and natural gas in the Gulf of Mexico will soon be a reality. The big question is whether Americans will be part of it. Brazil, China, India, Norway, Spain and Russia have all signed […]