Category Archives: oil pumps

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.

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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.

Crude, dirty and dangerous

That’s the best way to describe the so-called oil that comes from tar sands – the same crud that a bunch of people, including some politicians, want to ship via pipeline to refineries on America’s Gulf Coast. You can read about this crud right here.

BLM = Bureau of Lumber and Mining

That moniker was used many moons ago to describe the real mission of the Bureau of Land Management and then fell into disuse when the agency finally got is spine for not just managing but protecting the public’s natural heritage, a k a public land. Now, though, that moniker appears to be returning, as this article about the industry friendliness exhibited by a BLM field office in Utah sorrowfully illustrates.

A brief critique of the NY Times’ choice of adjectives: There is almost zero percent natural land now in the United States that could legitimately be described as “pristine.” I can think of only a few spots in central Idaho that would qualify as “pristine.” And that, buckaroos, is the real sorrowful aspect of our public land heritage today.

Romney’s energy plan: Drill everywhere, even in national parks

The Republican presidential wannabe is a Big friend (amigo) of Big Oil, and Big Coal, too. As this Climate Progress piece explains, the Republicrat candidate would turn drill rigs loose everywhere, even, I guess, on the lawn of the White House and the National Mall in D.C. Whatta guy.