Categories & Tags: oil and gas industry

Another Gulf oil spill adds fuel to movement against new offshore drilling leases   |   May 20, 2016
Last week a damaged pipeline at a Royal Dutch Shell deepwater production field about 100 miles off the Louisiana coast spilled what's been officially estimated at 90,000...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: How drilling tax breaks worsened Louisiana's budget crisis   |   April 29, 2016
Rank of oil-producing U.S. states among those under the greatest fiscal pressure because of plummeting oil prices, according to a new report from Standard & Poor's: 1...

 

The ongoing fight over seismic testing for Atlantic oil and gas deposits   |   April 27, 2016
Though the Obama administration dropped the Atlantic Ocean from the upcoming five-year plan for offshore drilling earlier this year, plans for seismic testing to map undersea oil...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The BP oil disaster's continuing toll on human health   |   April 20, 2016
Number of workers killed outright in the explosion that rocked BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig off the Louisiana coast six years ago this week, triggering the worst oil...

 

Offshore drilling fight shifts from the Atlantic to the Gulf   |   March 25, 2016
Hundreds of protesters stormed inside the Superdome in New Orleans this week to disrupt a federal auction for Gulf of Mexico oil and gas leases. They waved signs, carried banners...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The failure of an obscure federal agency endangers oil rig workers   |   March 18, 2016
Date on which Roy Miller of Mississippi was killed while performing maintenance on an oil platform owned by Whistler Energy of Houston in the Gulf of Mexico south of New Orleans,...

 

A 'victory for people over politics' as feds cancel Atlantic drilling plans   |   March 16, 2016
Environmentalists and local community leaders across the Southeast scored a David vs. Goliath victory over the oil and gas industry and its powerful allies in government this week...

 

Losing its land to the Gulf, Louisiana tribe will resettle with disaster resilience competition award money   |   February 9, 2016
With its South Louisiana homeland sinking into the Gulf of Mexico, the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians has announced plans to resettle the...

 

Environmentalists will encircle Louisiana's Superdome to demand an end to new Gulf oil and gas drilling   |   January 27, 2016
This March, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold a sale inside the Superdome in New Orleans where it will auction off leases to more than 42 million acres of U....

 

NC town called 'ground zero' in offshore drilling fight shows political cost of backing Big Oil over local jobs   |   January 21, 2016
Two years ago this month, more than 300 residents of Kure Beach, North Carolina (pop. 2,000), packed town hall to voice their anger with then-Mayor Dean Lambeth's decision to...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: As oil prices crash, a beholden Congress scrambles to aid a faltering industry   |   January 13, 2016
Current price of a barrel of oil: just over $30 Last time oil prices were this low: 2003 Price to which Goldman Sachs has warned a barrel of oil could sink: $20 Year through...

 

7 big wins for Southern progress in 2015   |   December 18, 2015
As 2015 comes to a close, we look back and celebrate progress made toward building a better South. The past year was a momentous one on many fronts, with a historic victory on gay...

 

Economic downsides of Atlantic oil and gas drilling detailed in new report   |   December 15, 2015
Proponents of oil and gas drilling along the Atlantic Coast often point to the economic claims in a 2013 report prepared by Quest Offshore Resources, a Texas-based firm whose...

 

Gulf South communities on climate change front lines represented at Paris talks   |   December 4, 2015
More than 150 world leaders gathered this week near the French capital to negotiate a legally binding agreement to curb pollution associated with climate change, with the goal of...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Dirty tar sands oil flows to South's refineries despite Keystone XL rejection   |   November 13, 2015
Year in which TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline carrying carbon-heavy tar sands oil from Canada to the United States was approved by the Bush administration: 2008 Year in which...

 

NC, VA governors press feds to move on Atlantic oil and gas exploration permits   |   November 10, 2015
The governors of North Carolina and Virginia want federal regulators to hurry up and approve seismic testing for oil and gas reserves along the Atlantic Coast — even though...

 

Big Oil's exaggerated claims in new pro-Atlantic drilling ads   |   November 5, 2015
The oil and gas industry has run into a roadblock in its drive to drill the Atlantic from Virginia to Georgia: staunch opposition in coastal communities that would be most...

 

Feds underestimated risks of Atlantic offshore oil and gas exploration, new data shows   |   October 29, 2015
Environmental groups are calling on the federal government to halt seismic testing for Atlantic oil and gas reserves given new data that suggests it's underestimating the...

 

Will historic SC floods wash away state leaders' climate science denial?   |   October 8, 2015
South Carolina continues to assess the damage from the historic rains that fell between Friday and Monday and dumped as much as 20 inches of rain in some parts of the state. At...

 

South's presidential mega-donors, many with oil ties, give exclusively to GOP candidates   |   September 21, 2015
This year has seen an onslaught of donations to super PACs, outside political organizations that can accept unlimited contributions from individuals, corporations and unions but...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Who's behind the latest assault on the Southeast's lone renewable energy standard?   |   September 11, 2015
Date on which the American Energy Alliance (AEA) sponsored a roundtable discussion at the North Carolina legislature to push for a freeze of the state's renewable energy...

 

300+ East Coast businesses send letter to Obama opposing Atlantic drilling   |   September 10, 2015
More than 300 businesses along the East Coast sent a letter to President Obama this week urging his administration to drop the Atlantic from the proposed plan for offshore oil and...

 

The Katrina oil spill disaster: A harbinger for the Atlantic Coast?   |   August 28, 2015
When Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. Gulf Coast 10 years ago, it set off a disaster of many parts — and one of those parts was an oil spill catastrophe. In fact, Katrina...

 

DRIVE TO DRILL: A timeline of the push for and against Atlantic oil and gas development   |   August 21, 2015
The Obama administration is currently weighing public comments on a draft offshore oil and gas leasing proposal that for the first time in history would open an area of the...

 

INVESTIGATIVE SERIES: The Drive to Drill   |   August 15, 2015
In 2015, Facing South published "The Drive to Drill," a three-part series by Sue Sturgis about the politics behind the push for oil and gas drilling off the coast of...