Category Archives: oil drilling

BP banned from government contracts in U.S.

The Environmental Protection Agency took the action of barring the petroleum giant from doing any contractual bidness with the U.s. in light of the Big Oil company’s dismal record. You can read all about the EPA’s action right here.

Gulg spill harmed small fish, studies indicate

The bad results of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continue to unravel, as this article notes.

Oil drilling off the coast of Virginia?

Sure, sure. Let’s despoil Virginia Beach, the Eastern Shore, more, more. A few million tar balls? No problem. Just pretend they don’t exist. And, best of all, we can keep motoring. Walking? Are you kidding? Read a nice letter to the editor on this whole notion.

Dumping of toxins on Native Americans’ land OK (?)

NPR reported this story. Check out the lovely, scenic photo that accompanies the on-line version of the reporting. Wow.

When it comes to ‘energy,’ politicians can’t see through the smog

The energy world portrayed in the debates – one in which coal is ‘clean’ and oil and gas companies will lead the US to a new era of energy abundance – is an illusion carefully crafted by the fossil fuel industry. Oh, and be sure and look over the muddy filth contained in the photograph accompanying this feature-length article from today’s Christian Science Monitor. That, my friends, is what is happening to our natural heritage, in Pennsylvania and elsewhere.

Shell delays Arctic oil drilling until next year

Aw, shucks. Big Oil (and its moneyed supporters in Congress) had to have been salivating over Shell’s push to sink a well in the Arctic Ocean. Too damn bad the first plans didn’t work out. Here’s a report.

Yes, new Gulf ‘oil spill is BP’s petroleum

Tests performed on Thursday confirmed that the oil found on the Louisiana shoreline after Hurricane Isaac was in fact from the BP spill in 2010. This piece offers some details.

Isac churned up leftovers from the BP spill in Gulf of Mexico

The area that was among the hardest hit by the BP spill has led to Louisiana state wildlife officials announcing the emergency closing of some coastal waters to commercial fishing. It’s the gift that, you know, keeps on . . . Read more.

Interior grants permission for Shell to drill in Arctic

I can’t help but feel that this gambit by Shell is all about politics on the part of the Obama presidency – i.e., proof that the Obama camp wants to find and use domestic petroleum. What a joke.

Destoying precious land for natural gas

Wild Nature, buckaroos, is not making any “new” land. So, once humans and their machines have taken over a scrap of formerly wild nature, that scrap is gone. Sure, restoration is possible, but not if the land becomes a parking lot and part of an industrial “park” or business “park.” Read more.