Trump Administration to open 90% of US Offshore to leasing and roll back Obama-era drilling regulations

Guest post by David Middleton The plan is to open almost everything in the 2019-2024 OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program, with Eastern Gulf leasing beginning when the Congressional moratorium expires after 2022. Secretary Zinke Announces Plan For Unleashing America’s Offshore Oil and Gas Potential Draft Proposed Program considers nearly the entire U.S. Outer Continental Shelf…

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…