oil and gas drilling

Alliance Aims to Open Fragile Areas to Oil and Gas Drilling

Alliance Aims to Open Fragile Areas to Oil and Gas Drilling

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, February 16, 2009 (ENS) – Low-impact oil and gas drilling is the goal of a new collaborative research program announced today by the Houston Advanced Research Center and the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University. The research targets advanced technologies that can be used to open up environmentally…

Utah Land Avoids Oil Industry

Utah Land Avoids Oil Industry

By PAUL FOY – February 4 2009 – SALT LAKE CITY In a high-profile reversal of the Bush administration, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Wednesday the government is scrapping the lease of 77 parcels of federal land for oil and gas drilling in Utah’s redrock country. “In the last weeks in office, the Bush administration…

Court Halts Oil and Gas Leasing in Utah Wilderness

Court Halts Oil and Gas Leasing in Utah Wilderness

WASHINGTON, DC, January 19, 2009 (ENS) – At least 110,000 acres of pristine Utah wilderness is temporarily protected from oil and gas companies due to a ruling Saturday night by a federal judge in a case brought by conservationists. Judge Ricardo Urbina of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted a temporary…

Robert Redford: Democracy Is Working

Robert Redford: Democracy Is Working

Democracy is working. At least that’s the news for now from my friends at the Natural Resources Defense Council, which has filed a lawsuit against last-minute Bush Administration plans to lease huge swaths of majestic wilderness in Utah for oil and gas extraction. Late last night, NRDC and a coalition of environmental and preservation groups…

Enviros' Obama To-Do List: Safeguard Climate, Water, Wildlife

Enviros' Obama To-Do List: Safeguard Climate, Water, Wildlife

WASHINGTON, DC, November 14, 2008 (ENS) – The end of the Bush administration can’t come soon enough for U.S. conservation groups, who believe that the election of Barack Obama has ushered in a “new era of hope” for the environment. “Eight dismal years of environmental abuse and neglect are now coming to an end,” said…

House Approves Offshore Drilling Bill

House Approves Offshore Drilling Bill

WASHINGTON, DC, September 17, 2008 (ENS) – Legislation to increase domestic energy supplies through expanded offshore drilling and investment in renewable energy and conservation won approval in the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday by a vote of 236-189. If passed by the Senate and signed by the president, the Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer…

Bipartisan Energy Bill Exposes Obama-McCain Schism

Bipartisan Energy Bill Exposes Obama-McCain Schism

WASHINGTON, DC, August 4, 2008 (ENS) – A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a proposal to reduce gas prices by opening new areas in the Southeast Atlantic Ocean and Eastern Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas drilling, while raising taxes on the major oil companies. At a news conference on Capitol Hill Friday,…

U.S. Lawmakers Hot Over Polar Bear Decisions

U.S. Lawmakers Hot Over Polar Bear Decisions

WASHINGTON, DC, January 17, 2008 (ENS) – Key polar bear habitat should be held off limits to oil and gas drilling until federal wildlife officials have determined whether the species should be listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act, the chair of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming said today.…