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House votes to let offshore drilling ban expire

A 26-year moratorium on offshore drilling will expire on Wednesday, after the House approved a temporary-spending package today sans a planned extension of the ban.

September 24, 2008 — Jordan Lite

House okays bill lifting ban on offshore drilling

In response to soaring fuel prices, the Democratic-controlled House last night passed an energy package that would allow offshore drilling for the first time in 26 years.

September 17, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Obama scuttles Bush offshore drilling plan

The Obama administration today shelved a Bush administration plan to allow drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, delaying a final decision on the controversial policy for at least six months to give states, enviros and others time to weigh in on it.

February 10, 2009 — Lisa Stein

Oil spill worsens, offshore drilling plans in dire straits?

The Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill keeps getting worse—now gushing more than 200,000 gallons per day, according to NOAA estimates—five times more than original estimates and more than BP's absolute worst case scenario in disaster plans filed with the government.

April 29, 2010 — David Biello

Oil Harvesting Goes to Extremes

The grounding of a drilling rig in Arctic waters illustrates the risks of pushing the boundaries of oil exploration and recovery. David Biello reports

January 6, 2013
The Future of Oil Is in Deep Water

The Future of Oil Is in Deep Water

That's not just because of the economic crisis slowing demand, remaining unexplored oil reservoirs are in deep waters offshore

March 24, 2009 — Katie Howell

More Oil From Crooked Wells

Controlled Directional Drilling . . . Significant Advance. . . Adds to Available Oil . . . Offshore PoolsTapped From Land Rigs . . . Other Uses

August 1, 1939 — Upton Close

Here's Why Obama Is Approving Arctic Drilling Again

For a leader who has made fighting climate change a priority, President Barack Obama's decision to approve Royal Dutch Shell's return to oil and gas exploration off Alaska was seen by many environmentalists as a contradiction.

April 1, 2015

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