offshore oil drilling

Zinke Adds Oceans to the Chopping Block

Zinke Adds Oceans to the Chopping Block

In late April, President Trump issued an executive order promoting oil and gas drilling off America’s coasts—and Thursday, in response, U.S. Department of the Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke plans to unveil a five-year leasing plan that opens our oceans to dangerous development. Zinke’s plan is intended to replace the five-year plan President Obama issued weeks […]

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    Amazon Reef: BP Drilling Plans Dealt Another Blow by Brazilian Regulator

    Amazon Reef: BP Drilling Plans Dealt Another Blow by Brazilian Regulator

    By Joe Sandler Clarke, Unearthed BP’s plans to drill for oil near a huge coral reef in the mouth of Amazon river have been dealt a further blow after a regulator questioned the company’s environmental risk assessment. Ibama, Brazil’s federal environmental agency, rejected an environmental study from the British oil giant, further delaying the company’s […]

    Department of the Interior, or Ministry of Doublespeak?

    Department of the Interior, or Ministry of Doublespeak?

    Defenders of Wildlife recently obtained a copy of Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke‘s “Top 10 Priorities” for his department (text version). These priorities are reflected in the department’s recently leaked draft 2018–2022 Strategic Plan, but the priorities themselves are noteworthy for their strikingly euphemistic tone. They are written to evoke a responsive, progressive Interior Department serving […]

    Offshore Oil Drilling May Be Coming to a Coastline Near You

    Offshore Oil Drilling May Be Coming to a Coastline Near You

    By Pete Stauffer It’s nearly impossible to convince certain people, most notably leaders of our federal administration, that bold action is needed on climate change, but recent events have certainly made a compelling case. Three major hurricanes have battered U.S. coasts in recent months, impacting the lives of millions of people and causing billions of […]

    7 Key Environmental Amendments to Watch

    7 Key Environmental Amendments to Watch

    As debate continues on the spending bill, dozens of environmental amendments could receive votes. Here are some to watch: Harvey Response Many amendments relate to the role of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the funding of its crucial functions. In light of the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey, some of these amendments highlight the […]

    Total’s Application to Drill Near Amazon Reef Rejected

    Total’s Application to Drill Near Amazon Reef Rejected

    Brazil’s environmental agency (Ibama) rejected Tuesday the application for a license to drill in the mouth of the Amazon Basin by the French company Total (operating in a joint venture with BP). This is an important step towards defending the Amazon Reef; a unique and largely unexplored ecosystem—Total’s closest block is only 8km away from […]