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    House Committee Subpoenas Interior Department on Gulf Coast Report

    A House committee issued a subpoena on Wednesday, demanding documents related to the administration’s Gulf Coast drilling permatorium. Republicans on the panel say the administration’s refusal to turn over documents made the action necessary. At issue is a controversial report issued by the Interior Department to justify its 2010 ban on new … More

    Will the Senate Break Its Promise on Earmarks?

    U.S. senators last year promised they wouldn’t pass any bill with earmarks during the 112th Congress. President Obama even said he would veto legislation that contained pork-barrel projects. But with the Senate set to debate a transportation bill next week, one lawmakers is crying foul. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) uncovered … More

    Businesses Blame Drilling Slowdown for Loss of Jobs, Revenue

    More than 15 months after the Obama administration lifted its ban on offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, oil and gas supply and service companies report they are suffering significant financial hardships from the government’s actions. The moratorium — as well as the slow pace of permitting that followed … More

    Offshore Drilling Plan Lacks Something: More Drilling

    Yesterday, the Department of Interior released its new five-year offshore drilling plan. Unfortunately, the program is far less expansive when it comes to opening areas to access, exploration, and drilling than it should be. The plan schedules 15 possible lease sales in the 2012–2017 time horizon—10 in the central and … More

    Morning Bell: Blame the Washington Bureaucracy for High Gas Prices

    Americans are paying more for gasoline today than they were six weeks ago when President Obama released 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. In the Gulf of Mexico, meanwhile, 10 drilling rigs — more than one-third of the fleet — have left on Obama’s watch. This … More

    New Study Forecasts Huge Job Growth If Regulators Allow Gulf Oil Drilling

    U.S. employers added only 18,000 jobs last month — a remarkably low figure that contributed to the increase in unemployment to 9.2 percent. That’s the bad news. Fortunately for American workers, the future is bright, but only if regulators in Washington, D.C., get out of the way. A new study … More

    Top 10 Reads: July 20, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. Ten Oil Rigs Have Exited Gulf Since Obama Moratorium Went Into Effect – Kevin Mooney Save Your Tears for Borders – Mike Brownfield Labor Unions Stop the Music – F. Vincent … More

    Senate Committee to Hold Field Hearing on Gulf Spill Recovery

    The April 20, 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico devastated the Gulf economy, which, more than a year later, has yet to fully recover from the disaster. In en effort to explore relief efforts and “lessons learned” from the spill, the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship … More

    VIDEO: Victims of the Obama Drilling Moratorium

    In the midst of the worst oil spill in U.S. history, President Obama imposed a moratorium on deepwater oil drilling one year ago this week. What was supposed to be a months-long ban on Gulf of Mexico operations has dragged on for a year in what’s now been dubbed a … More

    EPA Blocks Oil Drilling in Alaska

    There are an estimated 27 billion barrels of oil waiting to be tapped in the Arctic Ocean, off the coast of Alaska. But after spending five years and nearly $4 billion, Shell Oil Company has been forced to abandon its efforts to drill for oil in the region. With gas … More