July 23, 1998 |
Attempting to draw a starker contrast with his rival for the governor's job, Democratic gubernatorial nominee and Lt. Gov. Gray Davis on Wednesday asked Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt to help block oil drilling from undeveloped tracts off the California coast. Though President Clinton last month extended a moratorium on new oil and gas drilling until at least 2005, the ban does not cover as many as 83 existing federal leases for oil platforms, most off Long Beach, Ventura and Santa Barbara.
July 11, 1995 |
So passionate was Rep. Don Young as he decried the evils of oil rigs bobbing off the nation's coastline, it was hard to remember this was the same Alaska Republican who recently slapped a walrus penis bone in his hand while chatting in his office with a wildlife preservationist. Also there in his office: a whale vertebrae, a moose rack, a brown bearskin and the heads of a deer, a ram and a boar.
June 28, 1995 |
A ban on new offshore oil drilling along the coast of California was rescued Tuesday by the House Appropriations Committee, foiling an attempt to renew gas and oil exploration for the first time in 14 years. A bipartisan team of lawmakers from several coastal states--who lobbied colleagues through the weekend and tallied votes into the final hour--rejoiced over the 33-20 decision.
June 22, 1995 |
A coalition of California legislators, some of them bitter political enemies, joined forces Wednesday in an effort to rescue a 14-year moratorium on offshore oil drilling, launching a dual strategy to extend the ban another year and then make it permanent. The next showdown comes today, when an House Appropriations Committee takes up this year's Interior Department spending bill that--for the first time since 1983--contains no moratorium on coastal gas and oil exploration.
January 25, 1995 |
Shell, Amoco, Exxon in $1-Billion Oil Project: The companies will jointly develop the deepest offshore oil rig ever used in the Gulf of Mexico, Shell Oil Co. said. A 41,000-ton platform will be installed in 3,218 feet of water about 125 miles southeast of New Orleans and 80 miles south of Mobile, Ala., a Shell spokeswoman said. The companies expect to extract 60,000 barrels of oil and 200 million cubic feet of natural gas daily after production starts in late 1997.
October 19, 1992 |
Rig Count Is Highest in 18 Months: For the first time in more than 18 months, the number of rigs exploring for oil and gas in the United States has topped that of the same period in the previous year. This week's tally of 803 surpasses the 797 for the same week in 1991. Of the rigs running this week, 393 were exploring for oil, 399 for gas and 11 were listed as miscellaneous. The rig count, monitored by Houston-based Baker Hughes Inc., is the widely watched index of domestic drilling activity.