January 29, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Scotland announced a moratorium on the granting of permits for unconventional oil and gas extraction, including fracking, on Wednesday amid environmental and health concerns. Energy minister Fergus Ewing told the Scottish parliament that the moratorium will give the government time to investigate ...[read more]
August 7, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Texas oil drilling company Dan A. Hughes Co. submitted legal responses Wednesday in response to a lawsuit, revoking their drilling permits in Collier County, commenced by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The drilling company filed two motions in the Collier County Circuit ...[read more]
February 4, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
6/18/2013: Illinois governor signed strictest fracking law in nation 4/24/2013: Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that natural gas is not a "mineral" 3/6/2013: New York lawmakers approved two-year fracking moratorium 12/21/2012: EPA released progress report on study to better understand the ...[read more]
July 13, 2012
by Cody Harding
On July 13, 2010, US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar issued a six month drilling moratorium because of safety concerns based on new evidence from the BP oil spill. The moratorium targeted specific drilling technologies and affected only deep water drilling operations. The ban was lifted in ...[read more]
June 25, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On June 25, 2010, the US Department of Justice asked the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to stay a district court ruling to lift a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling. US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar confirmed the appeal, stating that the ban on deepwater drilling was the ...[read more]
February 4, 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Wednesday found the US Department of Interior (DOI) in contempt and ordered the department to pay attorney's fees for Hornbeck Offshore Services and several other drilling companies challenging the government's latest ...[read more]
January 13, 2011
by Sarah Paulsworth
Officials from the Ensco Offshore Company appeared in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Wednesday in connection with a lawsuit the company filed last year against the moratorium on issuing drilling permits. The moratorium was enacted after the Deepwater Horizon oil ...[read more]
November 4, 2010
by Maureen Cosgrove
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Wednesday dismissed claims challenging the Obama Administration's moratorium on deepwater drilling, which was enacted following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. US District Judge Martin Feldman said ...[read more]
October 24, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit Friday against Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, seeking to have the deepwater drilling moratorium reinstated. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, argues that Salazar's order to lift the ban without conducting ...[read more]
October 13, 2010
by Daniel Richey
US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Tuesday the end of a six-month moratorium on certain types of deepwater oil drilling some seven weeks ahead of schedule. In a letter issuing the order to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) director Michael Bromwich, ...[read more]

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