Low Oil Prices = Less Oil Drilling

Sightline Daily

A few years back, when most oil industry analysts thought that oil prices would remain in the $100-per-barrel range for the foreseeable future, domestic oil companies found that they could earn a healthy profit by fracking “ tight oil ” out of shale rock formations. But starting in the summer of 2014, global oil prices began to collapse. North Dakota oil drilling collapsed after oil prices fell.

What is a California beach town willing to pay to avoid oil drilling?

Environmental Economics

I can't resist: On Tuesday, the residents of Hermosa Beach are going to vote yet again on an oil and gas drilling initiative — whether to allow a contract with the energy company E&B Natural Resources Management to proceed despite a current drilling ban. A vote to block the drilling would come at an unusual cost: $17.5 But if it gets us out of this constant, constant oil issue we’ve had hanging over us for 30 years, I think it’s money well spent.” 


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Shell suspends Arctic oil drilling for the year

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) February 27, 2013 Royal Dutch Shell announced that it was setting "pause" on its exploratory drilling activities in the Arctic for 2013. Shell's operations are currently under review by the federal government after the oil company suffered numerous setbacks during last year's opening attempt to drill exploratory wells in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, including running its drilling rig aground on Sitkalidak Island in southern Alaska in late December.

Opposition to Oil Drilling Begins to Boil in South Florida

Sierra Club Compass

The Florida Chapter's Panther Critical Habitat Campaign is partnering with Preserve our Paradise to stop Big Oil from leaving its dirty footprints all over Golden Gate Estates in Naples, where a Texas-based oil company wants to drill an area just one mile from the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge and within 1,000 feet of residences. Hughes Company leased over 100,000 acres at the Naples site and submitted a drilling proposal.

Obama defends wildlife refuge from dirty oil drilling

Green Blog

Two days later, however, the administration released its new five-year offshore drilling plan, which opened up more of the Atlantic coast and the Arctic Ocean to dirty fossil fuel development - and potential disaster. Mining, drilling, road development, and the construction of permanent structures - all of these things will be prohibited, effectively preserving the area and its ecosystem. Oil travels a long way. The only way to win is not to drill

Salazar approved arctic oil drilling plan as he prepared keynote at Copenhagen

Green (Living) Review

plan to drill for oil off Alaska's northwest coast as early as next summer. In a move revealing of the US agenda at Copenhagen, the Department of the Interior has endorsed drilling for fossil fuels in the climate-effected ecosystems of the Arctic, where global warming already impacts Alaska Natives and entire villages are in danger of losing their lands and way of life.

Price of Oil Leads to More Off Shore Drilling

Eco Auto Ninja

Following the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf, the Obama Administration put a temporary halt to approving any new deep water oil drilling operations until a system was in place that would prevent a similar incident from ever happening. Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar has opened up the deep waters for oil drilling with a new set of safety regulations. Government / Industry BP oil spill Offshore oil drilling

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Biden administration pauses oil drilling leases in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge


The Biden administration is suspending Trump-era oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, citing a lack of proper environmental review

Norway oil drilling expands to Svalbard


Norway is expanding oil drilling operations farther north into the Arctic. Related: Trump administration furthers Arctic drilling plan “Irrespective of changes in the environment, the Arctic is a very harsh place,” said Ilan Kelman , a professor at UCL and Agder University in Norway. “A Two of the reasons that this oil expansion is so tricky are the Svalbard treaty and the definition of the “ice edge.” See the original post: Norway oil drilling expands to Svalbard.

What is Fracking?

Green Home Blog

This is the practice of disengaging domestic oil and natural gas, known as ‘shale’ oil or gas, due to it being in-between deep seated rock that was long thought of as impossible to recover. The ability to use horizontal drilling mechanisms that were recently acquired by the oil companies is the basic brainchild of fracking. It begins with vertically drilling into sideways rock, then small explosives are placed and remotely detonated. What is Fracking?

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Lego ditches deal with Shell over Greenpeace oil spill video

Green Prophet

Lego announced a break in its 50-year partnership with Royal Dutch Shell, a split sparked by an anti-Arctic drilling video produced by environmental activists Greenpeace. It incited a million email complaints to the toy maker and pulled in the same number of signatures to the Greenpeace anti-drilling petition. As effective as the Lego campaign has been, it won’t stop Arctic drilling. Business Energy Arctic oil drilling Climate Change greenpeace sea ice

People living near fracking wells have higher heart attack risk


Eco Green a-higher-risk amazon-prime fossil fuels michigan oil-drilling organic cotton pennsylvania process such-as-smoking sustainable farming university york-howeverPeople living close to fracking wells are at a higher risk of being hospitalized or losing their lives due to heart attacks.

The Green Buzz: Thursday, October 17

Cool Green Science

The home to nearly a quarter of endangered mountain gorillas seems like a great place to drill for oil, right? Welp, the shutdown is over. Any lasting effects in the science world? We’re here to report. The world’s largest fast food enterprise is taking a green step forward in the world of trash. Environment News Service ). The damaging effects to science because of the government shutdown will continue to last. Scientific American ).

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LWCF Funding: A Hidden Gem in the President’s Budget

Cool Green Science

While many Americans may not recognize its name, the Land and Water Conservation Fund was created by Congress in 1965 to direct a portion of federal offshore oil and gas receipts to acquire national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and historic sites (including civil war battlefields and places like the Flight 93 Memorial), and to provide matching grants to states and local governments to buy conservation and recreation land and to construct facilities for outdoor recreation.

Polar bears get a big win as court dismisses Arctic oil drilling project


The Liberty Project is a proposal to drill for offshore oil in Arctic waters. Related: Oil companies use cooling technology to continue Arctic drilling “This is a huge victory for polar bears and our climate,” Monsell said. “Thankfully, the court put the health of our children and our planet over oil company profits,” Keever said. See the original post: Polar bears get a big win as court dismisses Arctic oil drilling project.

Opinion: UEFA needs to climate-proof its sponsors

A Greener Life

Gazprom is the state-owned Russian oil and gas company that played a key role in the imprisonment in Russia of 30 Greenpeace activists in 2013 after they had protested against oil drilling in the Arctic, and imprisoned them under conditions violating human rights.

Court blocks Alaskan drilling project


During his administration, President Trump approved a massive oil drilling project in Alaska. Now a federal judge has reversed his move. Judge Sharon Gleason of the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska ruled that the Interior Department did not fully consider the project’s environmental impact

Israel to Drill for Oil in Underwater Nature Reserve Illuminates Schizophrenic Government Policies

Green Prophet

An absurd situation where one ministry approves the marine reserve and and another gives a license for oil drilling. While Israel’s part of the Mediterranean Sea has proven to have a bounty of natural gas reserves – ones that could make it energy independent for 100 years (according to reports I’ve read), prospectors are now drilling deeper, because where’s there’s gas, there is often oil.

Your organic fruits and veggies might have been irrigated with fracking wastewater

Green (Living) Review

But the same rules do not prohibit farmers from irrigating their crops with petroleum-laced wastewater obtained from oil and gas wells — a practice that is increasingly common in drought-stricken Southern California. As I reported last month , oil companies last year supplied half the water that went to the 45,000 acres of farmland in Kern County’s Cawelo Water District, farmland that is owned, in part, by Sunview, a company that sells certified organic raisins and grapes.

Sightline on Shell’s Presence in Oregon

Sightline Daily

For those following the controversy of Shell’s Arctic drilling program, here’s a look at the role of Northwest ports—first Seattle, now Portland —in hosting the oil drilling fleet vessels: a 45-minute interview on KBOO , a community radio station based in Portland. Climate & Energy Oil Portland Seattle ShellsHellNo! by Backbone Campaign used under CC BY 2.0

Brockham: letters reveal oil firm warned at least twice it didn't have planning permission to drill new side-track well

Green (Living) Review

A row over unauthorised oil drilling in Brockham, Surrey [1] continues as newly obtained documents confirm the oil and gas company Angus Energy was warned by Surrey County Council as far back as September 2016 that it would need planning permission to drill a new well on site. Angus Energy has openly admitted that it drilled a new side-track well earlier this year but claims the work was covered by existing planning permission [2].

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TBT: The second Earth Day post at this blog (10 years ago today)

Environmental Economics

" The top five myths are 1) "Economic growth harms the environment," 2) "Emissions are devastating America's air quality," 3) "The evils of oil can easily be replaced with renewable energy," 4) "Humans will die of thirst, in the future we will have no more freshwater [sic]," 5) "America is losing its last pristine forest lands," 6) "40,000 species go extinct every year." " "Oil is the lifeblood of the American economy."

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Gulf coast oil workers are building America’s offshore wind industry

A Greener Life

More than a decade after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, Gulf Coast oil workers are transitioning into offshore wind. When the oil work started to dry up, he realized that offshore wind could help his family’s company, Montco Offshore Inc, stay afloat. “I

Greenpeace boats violently rammed by Spanish Navy during peaceful protest, one activist hospitalised

Green Blog

Two Greenpeace activist have been injured following a peaceful demonstration against oil drilling in the waters off the Canary Islands. It''s another reminder of the lengths governments will go to protect the oil industry from peaceful protesters." Greenpeace were protesting against controversial drilling plans just outside the waters of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, two of the Canary Islands.

There are a number of ways to fulfill your campaign promise of $2-a-gallon gas

Environmental Economics

" She doesn't say how she'll make it happen, but she's a big proponent of more domestic oil drilling. drilling deeper and farther out) and new technology. Also, most all of these things would need to occur world-wide since the oil market is global. From USAToday : Rep. Michele Bachmann is promising to get the price of gasoline back below $2 a gallon if she is elected president. "The

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Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise detained in Spain following oil protest

Green Blog

The Ministry of Public Works and Transportation in Spain has detained the Arctic Sunrise, a ship operated by Greenpeace International, while an investigation is completed into the peaceful anti-oil drilling protest, which took place in the waters off Canary Islands this past weekend. In a statement, Greenpeace says they find this response “to a peaceful protest against dangerous oil drilling” to be both “unnecessary and disproportionate.”

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U.S. Approves Arctic Drilling In Select Areas

Eco Friendly Daily

However, the region is largely new to shipping, oil drilling and other activities and this combination with the environment, which is fragile, could be disastrous according to numerous studies and concerned environmental groups. The approximations vary depending upon the source regarding the global oil and gas reserves in the Arctic, although they are all significant enough to cause major investments from oil companies globally.

"Obama Marks Anniversary of BP Disaster"

Environmental Economics

I burned one of my NYTimes freebies on this one, from the blog formerly known as Green: One year ago today, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico because of a runaway oil well. The accident killed 11 rig workers and spilled nearly five million barrels of oil into the gulf, the biggest maritime oil spill in United States history.

Shell announces plans to drill for Arctic oil this summer

Green Blog

Shell has announced that they intend to revive their oil drilling plans in the Arctic waters of off Alaska. The giant''s chief executive, Ben van Beurden, acknowledge to the BBC that these fossil fuel development plans for the Arctic may “divide society”, but that they are needed to meet increased global demands for oil and gas. It’s estimated that around 24 billion barrels of oil can be extracted from Alaska – potentially being the biggest oil reserve in the world.

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Touchy-feely nonsense like the environment?

Environmental Economics

Respondents are asked hypothetical questions like, “How much would you pay to preserve a seashore view from oil drilling?” Usually I'm a big fan of Ironman at Political Calculations. I've

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How Shell Manipulates Washington State Politics

Sightline Daily

Shell's Polar Pioneer oil rig, incoming to Seattle Port's Terminal 5. Yesterday afternoon, Shell Oil’s titanic drilling rig made its way into the Port of Seattle where it will undergo repairs before heading north to drill in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s north coast this summer. Shell’s last run at Arctic oil was a signal failure when the company’s flagship Kulluk drilling rig ran aground near Alaska’s Kodiak Island.

Actress Lucy Lawless and Greenpeace blocks Shell arctic driller

Green Blog

Earlier this week a group of Greenpeace activists, including the actress Lucy Lawless, scaled an oil drill ship that was due to travel to the Arctic. The ship was scheduled to travel to the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska yesterday to drill three exploratory oil wells for the global oil and gas company Shell. A major oil spill in the Arctic would be an environmental disaster”, said Nick Young from Greenpeace in New Zealand.

California plans to end new fracking permits by 2024


California Governor Gavin Newsom announced last week that the state will stop issuing fracking permits by 2024 and will ban all oil drilling activities by 2045. Newsom said in a press release that stopping oil exploration “will create a healthier future for our children.”

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The Grizzly Truth About Bear Re-population

Eco Friendly Daily

The bears, which were once a popular sight to American settlers, have faced endangerment, displacement and near-extinction due in part to over hunting as well as deforestation and development of coal and oil mining programs, which reduce the bear’s natural habitat. Much of the cause for political anger comes from the fact that in order to preserve the bear’s habitat, land that would otherwise be used for oil drilling or development has instead been off-limits.

Polar Bear’s Threatened Species Listing Brought To Court Once Again

Eco Friendly Daily

People were concerned that the listing of the polar bear would lead to increased restrictions and changes, especially concerning oil drilling, hunting and the greenhouse gas emission regulations. The group, particularly Alaska, is concerned that the listing interferes with oil drilling development. Global warming is expected to alter the lives of an unknown number of species, especially those in regions such as the Arctic.

Egypt Slashes Longstanding Gas Deal With Israel

Green Prophet

Meanwhile, new gas and oil drilling explorations and concessions are popping up all over the Western Desert, Sinai, and the Gulf of Suez as Egypt is desperately seeking to provide enough energy for its own people. billion barrels (bbl) of oil and around 66 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas, according to Dr. Tarek Selim, whose recent report On Efficient Utilization of Egypt’s Energy Resources: Oil and Natural Gas explores the future of Egypt’s energy supply.

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Climate protests are coming to the White House, and you can join


“Despite President Biden’s climate rhetoric, his administration has failed to stop major projects like the Line 3 tar sands pipeline , defended oil drilling in the Arctic, promoted fossil fuel exports, and allowed drilling, mining and fracking to continue on Native and public lands.” The Build Back Fossil Free coalition will descend on Washington D.C. in protests this October. Planned for Oct.

Oil CEO Indicates Arctic Drilling Too Risky

Eco Friendly Daily

However, the region is largely new to shipping, oil drilling and other activities and this combination with the environment, which is fragile, could be disastrous according to numerous studies and concerned environmental groups. The approximations vary depending upon the source regarding the global oil and gas reserves in the Arctic, although they are all significant enough to cause major investments from oil companies globally.

Saudi Oil Wells May Run Dry By 2030

Green Prophet

According to a 150-page report by Citigroup, Saudi Arabian oil could dry up as early as 2030 which is a lot sooner than previously thought. The high consumption of oil in the Gulf nations for air-conditioning and desalination means that oil wells are likely to run dry a lot sooner than expected. That’s the news coming from a report by Citigroup which states that Saudi Arabia could be an oil importer by 2030. Saudi Peak Oil Could Affect World in 2012.

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New Green Roofed School in Kuwait Will Promote Hands on Agricultural Learning

Green Prophet

When we think of Kuwait, not only do we have a hard time getting past the young hunter who killed a wolf and then posed for a series of family shots, but we also envision an unforgivable industrial landscape pocked with oil drilling platforms and desalination plants. Kuwait used to have a strong agricultural movement, which this new school will hopefully help to revive.

Tidal turbines power electric vehicles on Scotland’s Yell Island


Compared to other coastal energy endeavors, such as offshore oil drilling, the threat from underwater turbines seems low. As countries around the world increasingly embrace electric vehicles , charging is top of mind. In Scotland, the island of Yell is powering its EVs with tidal energy. Nova Innovation has built an underwater network of revolving tidal turbines anchored to the ocean floor. You can’t see them from above, and they’re designed to pose no navigational hazards.

Greenpeace activists arrested at gunpoint in the Russian Arctic

Green Blog

The illegal boarding of the Greenpeace ship, named Arctic Sunrise, comes only a day after two other Greenpeace activists were arrested as they protested Arctic oil drilling on the Gazprom platform, Prirazlomnaya, in the Pechora Sea off the Russian coast. Greenpeace now demands the immediate release of their activists and an end to Arctic drilling. Business & Politics Arctic drilling Gazprom Greenpeace greenpeacebuzz Russia

It's "Dirty Energy Week" in the House of Representatives

Sierra Club Compass

While the Republicans in the House of Representatives are great at making sure almost every week is chock full of terrible legislation that would please their Big Oil and King Coal buddies, this week is their official "Energy Week." It also pushes the Department of the Interior to open up the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration if the State of Alaska supplies matching funds to carry out an exploration program.

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