The Dernogalizer

December 1, 2010

Oil drilling ban to be maintained in key areas

Filed under: environment,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 12:18 pm

According to the Washington Post, the offshore drilling ban will be maintained in “key areas”

“Obama administration officials will announce Wednesday afternoon they will not allow offshore oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico or off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as part of the next five-year drilling plan, according to sources briefed on the plan, reversing two key policy changes President Obama announced in late March.”

This would be a significant departure from the announcements in March in a very good way.

September 2, 2010

Another Offshore Rig Explosion

Filed under: environment — Matt Dernoga @ 10:06 pm
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I just re-tweeted this on Twitter:  SarahPalin tweeted “if we weren’t meant to drill for oil God would let us know. It was deleted as oil rig explodes:

Fortunately, all the workers on the rig were rescued and as of now there is no word about oil leaking.  The rig was currently inactive.  There is some irony to this though, as ThinkProgress reports…

Just yesterday, however, the Financial Times reported that employees from Apache and Mariner, along with thousands of oil industry workers, rallied in Houston to protest the Obama administration’s offshore drilling moratorium that was designed as a safety precaution after BP’s disastrous Gulf oil spill. A Mariner Energy employee chastised the Obama administration for its drilling moratorium, which would not have affected the rig that exploded today:

Companies ranging from Chevron to Apache bussed in up to 5,000 employees to the Houston convention centre to underline to Washington the industry’s contribution to the country. […]

I have been in the oil and gas industry for 40 years, and this administration is trying to break us,” said Barbara Dianne Hagood, senior landman for Mariner Energy, a small company. “The moratorium they imposed is going to be a financial disaster for the gulf coast, gulf coast employees and gulf coast residents.”

Care to reevaluate guys?

July 13, 2010

How to Clean Up an Oil Spill – Scamwow!

Filed under: environment — Matt Dernoga @ 8:42 pm
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From Greenpeace

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 28, 2010

A Magnificent “Hands Across the Sand” Day of Action

A line of people across one of Florida's beaches

On Saturday, over 700 actions took place across the country in response to the devastation from the oil spill and the dire need for clean energy legislation to be passed out of the Senate.  I participated in an action in Annapolis at the Harbor, which had a nice turnout.  Somewhere between 60-75 people showed up to hear from various speakers including leaders in the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Environment Maryland.  The crowd was told about the need to prevent offshore drilling along the East coast, which is temporarily on hold by President Obama (who also proposed the drilling in the first place).  We held a short prayer, sang a song, and joined hands, creating quite a scene in the midst of the harbor.  I then got some delicious ice cream from a local business.

I’d encourage you to check out the Facebook page for the action, where a lot of great pictures reside.  A few are below.

June 25, 2010

Join a Hands Across the Sand Action Tomorrow Morning

Filed under: Energy/Climate,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 11:45 pm
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Below is an e-mail from the Energy Action Coalition about a big opportunity to mobilize against offshore drilling and for moving to clean energy.  See below, and find an event near you.  I will be participating.


Tomorrow is going to be the biggest day of action against offshore drilling in history. From over 700 locations people will join the nationwide Hands Across The Sand demonstrations to call for shifting Big Oil handouts to clean energy investments that can move us beyond oil.

This couldn’t come at a more important time. Last week President Obama made a call for a historic shift in our dependence on dangerous dirty energy, but stopped short of action. Next week President Obama is meeting with Senate leadership to chart a new path for climate and energy legislation. Will he seize this moment and lead?

With the administration’s stance shifting daily, a loud call from us could make all the difference. Massive grassroots pressure and leadership from President Obama could be the difference between business-as-usual policies and sweeping reform.

Call President Obama to urge him to lead the Senate toward bold, comprehensive climate and energy legislation.

Current legislation allows for more offshore drilling and is riddled with handouts for Big Oil and Dirty Coal. This is unacceptable. In light of the Gulf oil disaster there’s a window of opportunity to get real and meaningful reform that would shift support to clean energy and put a strong cap on carbon pollution. We have to seize it, and so does President Obama.

Help flood the White House with calls to President Obama to seize this moment with us.

With people joining hands on beaches and main streets in over 700 locations, tomorrow is bound to be historic. This sort of leadership from the grassroots deserves to be met with leadership from President Obama and our Senators, but we’ve got to make sure they hear about it.

Join Hands Across The Sand and make a call to the White House to bring your voice to Washington, DC.

Together we made this tragedy a Crude Awakening, and tomorrow we’ll draw our line in the sand against Big Oil handouts.

With hope,

Whit Jones
Co-Field Director
Energy Action Coalition

PS – We need huge turnout at the Hands Across The Sand events tomorrow. Share this on Facebook and Twitter to get the word out: This Saturday is the biggest day against offshore drilling ever. Find an event to #JoinHands & demand clean energy!

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…)

June 22, 2010

(Corrupt) Louisiana Judge Blocks Moratorium

Filed under: environment,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 11:57 pm
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I was absolutely shocked today to read that this happened.

“A federal judge struck down the Obama administration’s six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, saying the government rashly concluded that because one rig failed, the others are in immediate danger, too.

The White House promised an immediate appeal. The Interior Department had halted approval of any new permits for deepwater drilling and suspended drilling of 33 exploratory wells in the Gulf.

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said President Barack Obama believes strongly that drilling at such depths does not make sense and puts the safety of workers ”at a danger that the president does not believe we can afford.”

I’m also pretty confused as to what authority this judge or any other has in what the Obama Administration does over drilling permits.  My impression is the Interior Department has the legal authority to approve or deny permits for oil drilling on our lands.  If they choose to deny them for safety reasons, that should be their prerogative.

*As I finished typing this, I saw a news story that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will reimpose the moratorium with new language*

Friends of the Earth has a great statement on this titled “New Orleans Judge May As Well Have Apologized to BP”, and this usful information at the end…

“The judge in question, Martin Feldman, has recently owned stock in Transocean, the world’s largest offshore drilling contractor, which was involved in the Gulf Horizon disaster. More on that here:

Some offshore drilling investments include…

Hercules Offshore
Ocean Energy
Parker Drilling
TXCO Resources
and others

June 21, 2010

Rush Limbaugh Bashes GOP for Shaming BP Apologist Joe Barton

A another gift from Rush on top of the political gift Joe Barton gave us last week…

“Conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh is taking aim at Republican leaders for rushing to demand Texas Rep. Joe Barton retract his controversial apology to BP CEO Tony Hayward during last week’s congressional hearing.

On his radio show Monday, Limbaugh suggested the GOP leadership likely agrees with Barton’s sentiments, but are driven by recent national polls which suggest the majority of Americans support President Barack Obama’s push for BP to set aside $20 billion for future liability claims.:

Efforts to Protect Wildlife Endangered by BP

Filed under: environment — Matt Dernoga @ 6:33 pm
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