January 24, 2012 |
In his State of the Union speech, President Obama made no mention of his controversial decision to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but shifted his focus to shale gas development, another contentious topic where the promise of badly needed near-term jobs clashes with widespread fears of environmental damage. "We have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly 100 years, and my administration will take every possible action to safely develop this energy," he said. "Experts believe this will support more than 600,000 jobs by the end of the decade.
March 31, 2010 |
President Obama will announce new plans to drill for oil and natural gas off America's coasts Wednesday but will rule out drilling off California, Oregon and Washington state through 2017, administration officials say. Obama's plans will include opening new areas of coastal Virginia and other parts of the mid-Atlantic region, Alaska and the eastern Gulf of Mexico for drilling. But officials say the president will block drilling in Alaska's Bristol Bay, where the George W. Bush administration's drilling plans in 2007 angered environmentalists.
February 19, 2010 |
A 10-year moratorium on offshore oil and gas development along the Oregon coast won final passage in the Legislature on Thursday, though lawmakers stopped short of adopting a permanent ban. The bill extends a previous moratorium that had expired Jan. 2 for the three-mile-wide stretch of state coastal waters. There are few known oil resources offshore and no big push for exploration, but environmental, fishing and tourism groups pressed to extend the ban, fearful that the federal government could move to open waters farther offshore to drilling.
October 23, 2009 |
In what would be the largest habitat zone ever established in the U.S. to protect a species from extinction, the federal government today proposed designating 200,541 square miles on the coast of Alaska as critical habitat for polar bears. Officials said the designation is not likely to further slow the pace of oil and gas development, and it crucially would not impose any controls to slow the biggest threat to polar bears, the melting of sea ice as a result of climate change. Those steps are crucial for polar bears but are being addressed separately in Congress through proposals to cap greenhouse gas emissions, said Tom Strickland, assistant Interior secretary for fish, wildlife and parks.
August 26, 2009 |
Australia gave the green light today to Chevron Corp.'s plans for a major natural gas production and liquefication project off the country's northwest coast. The development of the Greater Gorgon fields is expected to provide huge quantities of liquefied gas for export to China and other Asian nations. Australia's environmental minister, Peter Garrett, told reporters in Canberra that the project received environmental approval subject to 28 new conditions, Bloomberg News reported.
November 11, 2003 |
ONE of the last undeveloped tracts of high-elevation desert in the Rocky Mountains, Wyoming's Jack Morrow Hills rise from the southwestern corner of the state, a region of stark beauty, vivid isolation and the site of one of the latest range wars to roil the West. Valued by conservationists and developers alike, this 620,000-acre parcel is the most precious in the region known as the Red Desert.