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November 11, 2010

Markey Will Seek Top Democratic Slot on House Resources Committee

Filed under: Energy/Climate,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 6:18 pm
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I think this is a perfect fit for climate champion Ed Markey, and I hope the Democrats give this one to him.  Press release

WASHINGTON (November 10, 2010) – Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today announced he will pursue the ranking member position on the Natural Resources Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. As one of Congress’s leaders on energy and environment issues, Rep. Markey cited as reasons for seeking the position the need to create jobs in the energy sector, especially clean energy, and to fight against possible attacks against bedrock environmental protections for America’s land, water, air and threatened species. Rep. Markey has served on the committee since 1976.

“The stakes have never been higher for creating new energy jobs, protecting our environment, and increasing our national security by properly managing our own natural resources,” said Rep. Markey. “Now is not the time to capitulate to an agenda that will allow China and the rest of the world to win the clean energy jobs race, all at the expense of the planet. Following the largest oil spill in our nation’s history, it is imperative that we have a cop on the beat policing the oil industry.”

Rep. Markey has a long history of legislative accomplishments in energy and environment issues. He is the House author of the fuel economy standards in the 2007 energy bill, co-author of the clean energy and climate bill that passed the House in 2009, and several energy efficiency bills.

During his tenure in the Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Markey has authored or co-authored many pieces of legislation. Examples include:

–Legislation to ensure American taxpayers receive a fair return on oil, gas and other minerals produced on federal lands.

–Legislation following the BP oil spill to ensure that this type of disaster never happens again.

–Legislation to reduce the federal deficit by recovering up to $53 billion dollars in lost royalty payments from oil companies who are drilling for free offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.

–Legislation to promote renewable energy development while protecting our environment.

–Legislation to protect our nation’s most important natural treasures such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Georges Bank off the coast of New England.

Rep. Markey is the most senior member on the Natural Resources Committee who has not served as chair or ranking member of that committee, or of another committee.

Rep. Markey will keep his senior status on the Energy and Commerce Committee, but intends to relinquish his right to serve as ranking member of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee in the next Congress.

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October 25, 2010

Markey: BP Chief Officially Refuses to Testify Before Congress

Filed under: environment,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 6:36 pm
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From the desk of Congressman Ed Markey

As Bob Dudley Blames Media, Everyone Else for Reaction to Spill, New BP CEO Avoids Talking to Congress, American People

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Chairman Ed Markey, 202-225-4012

WASHINGTON (October 25, 2010) – In a speech today in London, BP’s new Chief Executive Officer, Bob Dudley, blamed the media, industry rivals and “a fair number of observers” for the reaction to his company’s more than 4 million barrel oil spill – the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. Meanwhile, Dudley officially refused to testify before Congress in Washington, sending a letter late Friday to Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) to decline an appearance at a congressional hearing to discuss the spill. Dudley also claimed in the speech that the company’s relationship with American officials had improved.

“The American people were told that as CEO, Bob Dudley would change BP’s attitudes and practices,” said Rep. Markey, who had requested that Mr. Dudley appear before his Energy and Environment Subcommittee in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “Yet BP is continuing to point the finger at everyone but themselves. Since this disaster began, BP has stood for ‘Blame Passed.’

Since the last appearance by BP leadership before Congress on June 17th, BP has released findings from their own internal investigation into the Deepwater Horizon disaster, announced an overhaul of their safety practices, and installed a new CEO.

“The American people deserve answers from BP, but when it comes to appearing before Congress, one thing BP certainly does not stand for is ‘Being Present,'” said Rep. Markey. “If BP is truly committed to repairing their image and standing with the American people and government officials, Mr. Dudley can start by appearing before Congress.”

Dudley’s letter of refusal can be found HERE

Rep. Markey’s letters to Dudley can be found HERE

 

July 20, 2010

Markey Expresses Concerns on “Bullhead Kill”

Filed under: environment,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 9:51 pm
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How sound is the current solution to the oil spill?  See this press release from the desk of Congressman Ed Markey

Pressure Readings, Well Integrity Still Worrisome Says Chairman; Sends Letter to BP, Thad Allen

July 20, 2010 – With the possibility of a new well-killing strategy put on the table by BP, Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today asked BP and Admiral Thad Allen about the risks of the procedure, and whether it has been authorized yet by Unified Command. In the letter, Rep. Markey notes that questions remain about the integrity of the well, leaks from the cap, and low pressure readings during the current cap test.

“We all want a quick resolution to this disaster, but we must be assured that proposed solutions will not make the disaster any worse,” writes Rep. Markey in the letter. Rep. Markey is chair of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee in the Energy and Commerce Committee. “It is critical that we understand the implications of a bullhead kill attempt under the various scenarios that may be operating in the well.”

Rep. Markey notes that the same lower-than-expected pressures exerted by the oil and gas during this current testing phase that have provided the potential opportunity for this new well-killing strategy “is also at the center of an ongoing scientific assessment regarding well integrity.”

Rep. Markey also continued his calls for a better measurement of the flow rate from the well, if the opportunity presents itself, through a 100 percent collection method with ships at the surface. In the letter, Rep. Markey asks if this “bullhead kill” would kill off any chance at performing this test.

Rep. Markey asked Ken Salazar, the Secretary of the Interior Department, about the “bullhead kill” today at a hearing Rep. Markey chaired. Sec. Salazar stated that there were concerns that would have to be addressed before the procedure was given the green light by the Obama administration.

full copy of the letter is available HERE and the questions sent to BP America CEO Lamar McKay and Admiral Allen are listed below:

  1. If the well integrity has been compromised, what are the potential implications of attempting a bullhead kill procedure?
  2. What additional risks are undertaken with the bullhead kill compared to the alternatives (i.e., a return to containment using production platforms at the sea surface or a continuation of the integrity test conditions)?
  3. Under what conditions (e.g., pressure threshold) would the choke and kill lines used in the bullhead kill be at risk of damage?
  4. Could forcing the hydrocarbons back into the reservoir through the bullhead kill procedure cause damage that could make the bottom kill more challenging or exacerbate any seeps that may be present?
  5. If hydrocarbons are flowing in the annulus, will this decrease the chances of the success of the bullhead kill?
  6. Would a bullhead kill attempt slow progress on the bottom kill in preparation?
    Under what conditions and on what timeline will a bullhead kill be authorized by Unified Command and pursued by BP? Once initiated, how long is the bullhead kill anticipated to take?
  7. Would the bullhead kill also kill off any chance of conducting a 100 percent collection strategy?

July 17, 2010

Hottest Half Year on Record, Foretells More Climate Change Impacts

Filed under: Climate Change,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 12:13 pm
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I mentioned a couple days ago that the first half of the year has been the hottest on record.  This press release from the desk of Congressman Ed Markey explains what the impacts are.

Hottest Half Year on Record, Foretells More Climate Change Impacts

As global temperatures reach new highs, the National Academies warn of severe impacts

July 16, 2010 – Last month was the hottest June on record and completed the hottest first half of a year dating back to 1880. The record-breaking temperatures were reported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). All of the years since 2001 have been in the top 10 hottest and this latest temperature check shows that between increased greenhouse gases and the tail end of El Nino, 2010 will be another scorcher.

“The only person in America not running from the heat this summer is LeBron James,” said Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.). “The record breaking temperature is another warning siren that should serve as a wake up call to Congress to take action to reduce carbon pollution and add clean energy jobs so we can mitigate the impacts of climate change.”

Meanwhile, Arctic sea ice has continued its rapid decline, driving polar bears closer to extinction and threatening other Arctic wildlife. Arctic sea ice extent in June was the lowest since records began in 1979, according to NOAA. That’s now the 19th straight June with below average ice.

The record-breaking temperatures come as the National Academies release their latest assessment of global warming today. The study finds that for each degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) of global warming, there will be approximately a 25% decline in the extent of Arctic sea ice in September, a 5 – 15% reduction in the yields of corn and other food crops, and up to a 2 to 4 fold increase in the area damaged by wildfire in areas of western North America.

The report concludes that these impacts can be mitigated with significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The report makes clear that the more we use clean sources of energy that produce less carbon pollution, the healthier the planet.

June 30, 2010

Ed Markey’s Oil Spill SOS Bill

Filed under: environment,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 10:22 pm
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I got this last Friday but was slow to put it out.  Definitely looks like legislation worth supporting!

Markey Introduces Oil Spill “SOS” Bill

Legislation would divert big oil subsidies to scientists, in order to improve spill prevention and response

June 25, 2010 – Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today introduced the “Stop Oil Spills Act,” a bill to fund research into new oil spill prevention and response technologies. (more…)

June 24, 2010

Markey Questions Why BP Exceeding Dispersant Directives

Filed under: environment,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 10:18 pm
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Another press release from the desk of Congressman Ed Markey

Letters to EPA and Coast Guard Cite Recent Increases in Volume of Dispersants Used by Company

(June 24, 2010) – Responding to increasing use of dispersants by BP in recent days, Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today wrote to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Coast Guard asking for an update on the analysis of the chemicals, and to respond to BP’s continued use of dispersants. The questions follow yesterday’s findings by government scientists that the underwater plumes identified are consistent with those that would be formed following the use of the chemicals, and ongoing concerns over the chemicals’ impacts on human and marine life health. (more…)

Markey: As NOAA Confirms Plumes Again, BP Denies Plumes…Again

Filed under: environment,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 10:14 pm
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From the media desk of Congressman Ed Markey

Chairman Releases Letters, Documents from BP Challenging Company’s Ongoing Denial of Plumes

(June 23, 2010) – Following the release of a government analysis showing, yet again, the existence of undersea plumes of oil from the BP oil spill, Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today released documents he obtained from BP related to their denial of these plumes. The documents, and the follow-up letter from Rep. Markey to BP CEO Tony Hayward, include some of the preliminary information used in this government analysis to show the existence of plumes, even as BP continued to deny the presence of the underwater clouds of oil. (more…)

June 15, 2010

Henry Waxman and Ed Markey Question Oil Company Executives

Filed under: environment,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 6:04 pm
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June 4, 2010

Markey: Halliburton Denies Responsibility for Oil Spill, Rejects Contributing Money to Scientists

Filed under: environment,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 5:35 pm
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Call from Chairman for Independent Scientist Funding Met with Stunning Response from Major Player in Oil Spill Incident

June 4, 2010 – When Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) wrote to the companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to request contributions to an independent science fund, BP responded within three days with a commitment of $500 million, one of the few bright spots in this disaster.

Halliburton, on the other hand, has responded with a different tactic: deny responsibility for the disaster, and contribute zero funds. (more…)

Markey to Introduce Spill “Tool-Kit” Bill

Filed under: environment,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 5:33 pm
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Following BP CEO Admission of Unpreparedness, Chairman Will Push for 21st Century Safety and Response Technologies in “Oil SOS” Fund

June 3, 2010 – Following BP CEO Tony Hayward’s admission that his company did not have a “tool-kit” for a sizeable spill from a deep-water well, Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) announced that he would introduce a bill creating an oil company-funded research and development program to create 21st century oil safety and spill response technologies. (more…)

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