offshore oil drilling

Huntington Beach Oil Spill Shows Why We Need to Be Free From Fossil Fuels

Huntington Beach Oil Spill Shows Why We Need to Be Free From Fossil Fuels

The devastating oil spill that spewed at least 126,000 gallons off the Southern California coast this weekend has highlighted the dangers of oil extraction. The spill was likely caused by a leak in a pipeline operated by Beta Offshore, about five miles from the coast of Orange County, NBC4 Los Angeles reported. It has shuttered […]

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    Court Rejects Trump’s Arctic Drilling Proposal in ‘Huge Victory for Polar Bears and Our Climate’

    Court Rejects Trump’s Arctic Drilling Proposal in ‘Huge Victory for Polar Bears and Our Climate’

    By Jessica Corbett Climate action advocates and wildlife defenders celebrated Monday after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit rejected the Trump administration’s approval of Liberty, a proposed offshore oil-drilling project in federal Arctic waters that opponents warned would endanger local communities, animals, and the environment. “This is a huge victory for polar […]

    Huge Victory: Seismic Blasting Is Halted in Atlantic Ocean

    Huge Victory: Seismic Blasting Is Halted in Atlantic Ocean

    By Andrea Germanos The federal government and fossil fuel industry announced at a legal hearing Thursday that seismic blasting will not be carried out in the Atlantic Ocean this year—and possibly not in the near future either—a development welcomed by conservation groups who lobbied forcefully against what they said would have been an “unjustified acoustic […]

    Trump Weakens Rules Meant to Prevent Next Deepwater Horizon Spill

    Trump Weakens Rules Meant to Prevent Next Deepwater Horizon Spill

    The Trump administration announced Thursday it was rolling back offshore oil drilling regulations put in place after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the largest ocean spill in U.S. history. Officials announced changes to the Well Control Rule on the Louisiana coast, not far from where the 2010 oil rig explosion killed 11 workers and […]

    Departed Interior Sec. Zinke Under Investigation by DOJ

    Departed Interior Sec. Zinke Under Investigation by DOJ

    The Justice Department is looking into whether former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke lied to investigators at the Department of Interior, The Washington Post reports. Anonymous sources tell the Post that investigators at the Interior’s inspector general’s office raised the issue with the DOJ after suspecting Zinke may have lied during questioning over his real estate […]