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April 13, 2012 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON -- President Obama signed an executive order Friday creating an interagency task force to coordinate oversight of the country's booming natural gas development, a step that eased industry concerns about the relatively high number of federal agencies involved in the process. The task force will be chaired by White House energy adviser Heather Zichal and have "deputy-level representatives” from the departments of Defense, Energy, Interior and Commerce and the Environmental Protection Agency, among others.
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May 4, 2012 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration proposed updated rules for oil and gas development on federal lands - an effort to catch up with the boom in use of the controversial technique of hydraulic fracturing - but struck a compromise that failed to satisfy industry and most environmentalists. Both sides focused on the contentious issue of disclosure of compounds that companies use during hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which entails injecting millions of gallons of water and sand laced with chemicals into rock formations to unlock oil and gas deposits.
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NEWS
January 24, 2012 | By Neela Banerjee
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.
NEWS
April 13, 2012 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON -- President Obama signed an executive order Friday creating an interagency task force to coordinate oversight of the country's booming natural gas development, a step that eased industry concerns about the relatively high number of federal agencies involved in the process. The task force will be chaired by White House energy adviser Heather Zichal and have "deputy-level representatives” from the departments of Defense, Energy, Interior and Commerce and the Environmental Protection Agency, among others.
BUSINESS
July 17, 2003 | From Reuters
Western energy firms won their first rights to exploit Saudi Arabia's huge energy reserves since the kingdom nationalized the industry in the 1970s. A consortium led by Royal/Dutch Shell and including Total struck a gas development deal covering 77,000 square miles in the vast Empty Quarter desert area of the Arabian peninsula. Terms were not disclosed.
NATIONAL
March 31, 2010 | By Jim Tankersley
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.
NATIONAL
February 19, 2003 | From Associated Press
The Bureau of Land Management may allow oil and gas development in Wyoming's Jack Morrow Hills, although the agency would try to monitor and control the work so it doesn't badly hurt important natural habitat, according to a draft plan released Tuesday. "We're going to have oil and gas development out there -- at a controlled pace," said Andy Tenney, a program coordinator for the bureau's Cheyenne office.
NEWS
May 25, 1989
Declaring that federal policies are wasting far more energy than could ever be pumped from oil and gas fields off the California coast, a parade of witnesses Wednesday urged a task force appointed by President Bush to push for a national energy policy that stresses conservation and development of alternative energy sources. The strongly worded pleas, combined with opposition to offshore oil and gas drilling by most of the state's ranking constitutional officers, came as the President's Outer Continental Shelf Leasing and Development Task Force pressed its review of controversial plans to open up millions of acres of offshore tracts to oil and gas development.
BUSINESS
May 2, 1989 | From United Press International
The White House has agreed to ban offshore oil and gas drilling in the entire 397-square-mile area to be designated as Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary off Northern California, Rep. Barbara Boxer (D-Greenbrae) said today. About one-third of the future sanctuary overlaps a vast tract of the sea floor that the federal government has previously approved for offshore oil and gas development under its so-called lease sale program. Lease sale No. 119, which includes Cordell Bank, is scheduled to be auctioned off to the oil industry late next year.
NEWS
January 24, 2012 | By Neela Banerjee
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.
NATIONAL
March 31, 2010 | By Jim Tankersley
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.
NATIONAL
February 19, 2010 | By Kim Murphy
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.
NATIONAL
October 23, 2009 | Kim Murphy
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.
BUSINESS
August 26, 2009 | Tom Petruno
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.
NEWS
November 11, 2003 | Thomas Curwen, Times Staff Writer
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1989
It's incredible that the oil industry has been so irresponsible in its response to the country's largest and most environmentally threatening tanker oil spill. All the advertising and public relations efforts have not overcome the industry's inability to carry out the promises that it made to assure effective response to such events. The industry has argued that its expertise and improvements in technology would prevent the sort of catastrophe that we saw in Santa Barbara. A nightmare seems to be passing before us, a President and secretary of interior pushing for leasing of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (perhaps the most sensitive ecosystem in the nation)
NEWS
May 4, 2012 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration proposed updated rules for oil and gas development on federal lands - an effort to catch up with the boom in use of the controversial technique of hydraulic fracturing - but struck a compromise that failed to satisfy industry and most environmentalists. Both sides focused on the contentious issue of disclosure of compounds that companies use during hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which entails injecting millions of gallons of water and sand laced with chemicals into rock formations to unlock oil and gas deposits.
BUSINESS
July 17, 2003 | From Reuters
Western energy firms won their first rights to exploit Saudi Arabia's huge energy reserves since the kingdom nationalized the industry in the 1970s. A consortium led by Royal/Dutch Shell and including Total struck a gas development deal covering 77,000 square miles in the vast Empty Quarter desert area of the Arabian peninsula. Terms were not disclosed.
NATIONAL
February 19, 2003 | From Associated Press
The Bureau of Land Management may allow oil and gas development in Wyoming's Jack Morrow Hills, although the agency would try to monitor and control the work so it doesn't badly hurt important natural habitat, according to a draft plan released Tuesday. "We're going to have oil and gas development out there -- at a controlled pace," said Andy Tenney, a program coordinator for the bureau's Cheyenne office.
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