Tag Archives: drilling

Broadening overseas drilling threatens

Friday, Feb. 9, 2018|2 a.m.

View more of the Sun’s viewpoint section

4 days into the brand-new year, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke unveiled a strategy to open more than 90 percent of federal overseas waters to new oil and gas advancement, affecting practically every mile of coastline along the continental United States and Alaska.

The single largest expansion ever proposed, this Draft Proposed Program requires auctioning off ocean territories of the National Outer Continental Rack in pieces, with 47 lease sales proposed from 2019 to 2024. This is more than quadruple the variety of lease sales used in the existing program, finalized under the Obama administration and designed to stay in impact until 2022.

To hear drilling supporters inform it, the Trump administration’s quote to discard the existing strategy in favor of this abrupt and significant offshore drilling growth is a “accountable” relocation tailored towards “energy supremacy.” Yet chosen authorities, entrepreneur, fishing market agents, recreationalists, ecological advocates and seaside homeowners are joining in opposition to this proposition, which is extensively interpreted as negligent and short-sighted.

More than 300,000 Americans have sent remarks opposing broadened offshore drilling, explaining that it jeopardizes neighborhood health and wellness and locks us into nonrenewable fuel source reliance for decades. Anybody who remembers the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico understands that by the time a rig surge has claimed lives and a toxic plume has oiled a shoreline, it’s too late to reverse course. On the other hand, this aggressive new leasing plan is continuing in tandem with a push to roll back safety guidelines enacted in the consequences of Deepwater Horizon, specifically to avoid a repeat circumstance.

While drilling supporters prefer to highlight theoretical benefits like low oil rates and task development, it needs to be clear by now that overseas drilling is not a financial advantage. Every coastal neighborhood in America can reap financial gain from healthy ocean communities, fishing, leisure and tourist. Filthy, contaminating oil rigs just threaten these financial chauffeurs provided by nature.

Federal fossil fuel advancement eventually racks up more public expenses than benefits, putting taxpayers on the hook for decommissioning oil well and oil spill clean-ups. Transitioning away from nonrenewable fuel sources is a smarter financial option in the long run. Even today, the Department of Energy’s own analysis reveals there are more task opportunities and new employment capacity in the clean energy sector than in the nonrenewable fuel source industry.

New overseas energy advancement likewise presents unpleasant implications for national security. For one, it can hamstring military readiness by installing drilling rigs in tactically crucial locations. The Pentagon and NASA have actually long revealed reservations about overseas Atlantic energy development, which would interfere with existing marine operations and other defense programs.

In a broader sense, extracting and burning offshore oil reserves would just intensify environment modification, which is significantly understood to be a nationwide security matter. As the world warms, intensified dry spell, wildfires, sea level increase, and unpredictable growing seasons will all bring destabilizing results.

Tidy and renewable resource sources, on the other hand, are more climate-friendly and resistant, since prices and supply aren’t connected to the unpredictable worldwide oil market.

Rather than pursue this irresponsible path towards climate disturbance, the United States need to be dealing with other countries to decrease the world’s dependence on fossil fuels and develop the renewable resource innovations of the future. This strategy not only wastes important time however likewise leads us toward perilous consequences. The Department of Interior itself estimated a 75 percent opportunity of a major oil spill occurring from simply one lease sale in the Chukchi Sea of the Alaskan Arctic, where the nearby Coast Guard base is 1,000 miles away.

In addition to catastrophic oil disasters like Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon, small yet harmful spills occur on a daily basis. In the Gulf of Mexico, more than 10,000 spills have actually been taped this years, its waters blighted by 27,000 abandoned, dripping wells. Nor is government geared up to respond: Federal government Accountability Workplace reports show that Interior and its Bureau of Security and Environment Enforcement have failed in their mandates to cultivate a culture of safety and compliance in overseas oil and gas advancement.

Interior’s reckless brand-new offshore leasing proposition threatens our marine and seaside environments, economies, national security and environment, all for the benefit of an unsustainable market. The quote to expand offshore drilling while rolling back vital offshore drilling security policies is not only extraordinarily harmful, it’s antithetical to the whole objective of the federal firm– which is to manage responsibly our public ocean waters on behalf of the American people.

Marissa Knodel is an associate legislative counsel with the Policy & & Legislation group at Earthjustice in Washington. She wrote this for InsideSources.com.

Anti-fracking suit looks for to block oil drilling on BLM land

Monday, Sept. 18, 2017|10:45 a.m.

RENO– Ecologists have actually submitted an anti-fracking lawsuit in Nevada to obstruct an effort to expand oil and gas drilling on federal land.

2 national conservation groups state the Bureau of Land Management is reversing course from policies it enacted in the final weeks of the Obama administration that limited drilling on a huge stretch of federal land in Nevada.

The Sierra Club and Center for Biological Variety say the government cannot think about potential consequences of hydraulic fracturing varying from harm to sage grouse to contamination of water resources.

They state it’s the first time the BLM has specifically reversed a draft proposition to keep some otherwise unguarded lands off limitations to energy exploration because President Donald Trump presumed workplace in January.

Arctic-bound ship leaves Rose city after oil drilling demonstration


Don Ryan/ AP

Activists hang from the St. Johns Bridge in an effort to block the Royal Dutch Shell PLC icebreaker Fennica from leaving for Alaska on Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Portland, Ore.

Thursday, July 30, 2015|10:10 p.m.

PORTLAND, Ore.– A Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker that was the target of ecological protesters left Portland, Oregon, on Thursday bound for an Arctic drilling operation after a stressful standoff ended with kayakers and protestors who had actually dangled from a bridge to obstruct its path.

The Fennica left dry dock and made its method down the Willamette River towards the Pacific Ocean right after authorities required the demonstrators from the river and the St. Johns Bridge.

A number of protesters in kayaks moved toward the center of the river as the ship began its journey, however authorities in boats and personal boat cleared a slim pathway for the Fennica.

Authorities also jumped into the water to physically get rid of some protesters who left their kayaks.

Sgt. Pete Simpson, a Portland police spokesperson, stated “a number of individuals” were detained and it was still being figured out whether any would face charges.

Simpson earlier stated security was the major priority as authorities forced protesters from the location.

“This is, undoubtedly, a really distinct circumstance,” he said.

The Fennica showed up in Rose city for repairs recently. It attempted to leave earlier Thursday however turned around when protestors hanging from the bridge refused to let it pass.

The icebreaker is an essential part of Shell’s exploration and spill-response plan off Alaska’s northwest coast. It safeguards Shell’s fleet from ice and brings devices that can stop gushing oil.

Authorities moved in hours after a federal judge in Alaska ordered Greenpeace USA to pay a fine of $2,500 for every single hour that protesters hung from the bridge to obstruct the ship.

In May, U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason provided Shell’s request that protestors objecting its Arctic drilling plans be purchased to stay away from business vessels and beyond buffer zones.

At the court hearing Thursday in Anchorage, Gleason said the hourly fine versus Greenpeace would enhance over the next few days unless the blockade was lifted. It would have jumped to $5,000 an hour Friday, $7,500 an hour Saturday, and $10,000 an hour Sunday.

The Fennica was damaged earlier this month in the Aleutian Islands when it struck an undersea blockage, tearing a gash in its hull.

Ecologists intended to delay the ship enough time for winter season weather to avoid Shell from drilling till 2016. By that time, they hoped the Obama administration would have a change of mind on the concern.

Protesters started their blockade Wednesday. A number of ecological groups joined Greenpeace’s effort. On Thursday, lobbyists in about 50 kayaks milled below the bridge as other protesters dangled from ropes above.

One of the kayak protesters, Leah Rothlein, obtained her mom’s kayak and headed onto the river.

“It’s quite cool,” the 26-year-old stated after coming ashore. “I was in the water for four hours.”

A crowd of a few hundred people enjoyed from the shore and from a wooden dock as authorities began to move against protesters on the water and dangling from the ropes.