A Tale of Two Lease Sales

Or, more accurately, two tales about the same lease sale… Guest rant by David Middleton Earlier this year, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that all available leases in the Gulf of Mexico would be offered in two area-wide sales each year.  This is in contrast to the old practice of offering the leases once a…

Deepwater Horizon: EpiLLOG

Guest post by David Middleton The movie Deepwater Horizon is probably the only movie ever made that actually tried to realistically depict oil drilling operations.  While it didn’t get every detail right, it was compellingly realistic (too realistic for me watching it on IMAX) and told the story of how ordinary people, just doing their…

“New study challenges prevailing theory about how deep-sea vents are colonized”… And hydrothermal oil!

Guest post by David Middleton   July 24, 2017 New study challenges prevailing theory about how deep-sea vents are colonized An article just published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B describes two remarkably different hydrothermal vent fields discovered in the southern Gulf of California. Despite being relatively close together, these vents host very different animal…

“Mexico Oil Privatization Pays Off With Billion-Barrel Find”

Featured image. Guest post by David Middleton Mexico Oil Privatization Pays Off With Billion-Barrel Find By Adam Williams and Angelina Rascouet July 12, 2017 Block among first awarded for private exploration in Mexico Premier Oil shares jump as much as 38% on Zama-1 well success Mexico’s decision to allow private companies to explore for oil…

“The World Keeps Not Running Out of Oil”

Guest post by David Middleton The World Keeps Not Running Out of Oil July 2017 By David Brown, Explorer Correspondent The world has anticipated the “rapid exhaustion” of crude oil supplies for at least 100 years. Will it go on being close to running out of crude for the next 100? “Peak Oil” — the…

Monumental, Unsustainable Environmental Impacts

Replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy would inflict major land, wildlife, resource damage Paul Driessen Demands that the world replace fossil fuels with wind, solar and biofuel energy – to prevent supposed catastrophes caused by manmade global warming and climate change – ignore three fundamental flaws. 1) In the Real World outside the realm of…