By David Goodhue
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, whose constituency includes the Keys, said this week that she will reintroduce legislation this session aimed at preventing “ the Cuban regime from becoming the oil tycoons of the Caribbean.”
Ros-Lehtinen, a Miami-Dade Republican, is responding to reports that construction of a huge, Chinese-made semi-submersible oil rig is almost complete and will be leaving Singapore by June. The rig, named the Scarabeo 9, will likely begin drilling for oil about 6,500 below the surface of the Straits of Florida by late summer or early fall. It will be positioned about 40 to 50 miles from Key West.
Jorge Piñon, a former energy industry executive and current visiting research fellow at the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University, said the transit time for the rig to get here is about 60 to 70 da
THE EU was under fire last night for seeking a ban on plastic shopping bags to fight pollution.
But angry retailers say any move would hit sales, while doing nothing to save the environment.
By ALISON LOWE. The Tribune
It wll be “nigh on impossible” for the Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) to get the go-ahead to begin oil drilling in this nation “within this parliamentary term”, the Minister of the Environment revealed yesterday, confirming that the Government’s moratorium on drilling will not be lifted any time soon.
Earl Deveaux’s statement may halt the meteoric rise of BPC’s share price over the last year and a half, given that it reveals the company’s stated “target” date for oil drilling of early 2012 as rather unrealistic.
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On Tuesday night, 48 Senators, including three Democrats and all but two Republicans, put Big Oil before the American people and helped defeat a bill that would have ended tax breaks for the five biggest oil companies.
How could anyone vote against a bill that would have kept $21 billion of American taxpayers’ money out of the pockets of cash-rich oil companies. Find out more
The Gulf Long Term Follow-Up Study (GuLF STUDY) was developed to learn about possible health effects of the recent Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is sponsoring this study. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is leading this research. Find out more
Protect seals, sea turtles and whales from future spills
Last summer, we saw the devastation of oil spills. Birds and turtles covered in oil. Fishermen out of work. Even now, dead dolphins are washing ashore and cleanup workers are complaining of lingering headaches, nausea, and memory loss. Where there is drilling, spills are inevitable.
But Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) is ignoring the dangerous reality of oil spills and is pushing for expanded and hasty offshore drilling.
Don’t let another oil spill put birds, turtles, dolphins, even whales at risk. Voting on Rep. Hastings’ bills starts this week, so there is no time to lose – call TODAY.
April 28, 2011
Exxon stood head and shoulders above the other big five oil companies with first-quarter profits of nearly $10.7 billion. CAP’s Valeri Vasquez has the details.
The first anniversary of the BP fatal oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico reminded Americans of the enormous human and economic costs of our oil dependence. One year later, BP is posting first-quarter profits of nearly $5.5 billion. This 17 percent growth from 2010’s first-quarter earnings comes despite BP having distributed a mere 19 percent of the $20 billion it agreed to pay oil spill victims and their families. Read the full article
John D. Sutter- (CNN) — One year after the chocolaty crude started spewing out of the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, leading to the largest accidental oil spill in history, scientists say they’re still trying to piece together what’s happening to the environment.
Some potential clues about the impact of the spill have made themselves known: dead baby dolphins and sea turtles; oiled brown pelicans; fish with strange sores; sticky marsh grasses; tar balls on beaches.
But the big picture hasn’t come into focus yet. Read the full story