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Interior Department move does not necessarily disrupt Va. drilling timeline, department confirms

Rosalind Helderman

The Department of the Interior is confirming that today's action on oil drilling in Virginia merely means that upcoming public meetings on the 2012 sale of contracts to drill for oil have been delayed -- nothing more.

Environmentalists had been cheering the decision to cancel three public meetings and suspend the public comment period on the oil lease sale as a sign that drilling has been indefinitely delayed in Virginia.

But Tucker Martin, a spokesman for McDonnell, said that "should not change the timing of Virginia's planned offshore lease in 2012." And a spokesman for the federal department confirms his interpretation.

"This pause is a prudent step to ensure the Deepwater Horizon rig accident is appropriately studied and investigated, and the lessons learned are implemented moving forward. The Governor supports that investigation and, like the President, is committed to ensuring that future offshore operations occur in a safe and environmentally responsible manner," Martin said.

President Obama lifted a moratorium on drilling off Virginia in March. On Friday, in the wake of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, he said he was suspending new drilling until an investigation into what caused an explosion on the Deep Water Horizon oil platform was completed. What that announcement means for Virginia's oil lease sale was not immediately clear, since no drilling would take place in Virginia until some time after the 2012 completion of the lease sale.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 6, 2010; 3:51 PM ET
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Who will Man up to BP and Halliburton to pay the $10 Billion/year for however long it takes to repair this Disaster and restore Multi-Billion dollar Industries? Let's see who supports this and who fights against it.

GOP Drill-Baby-Drill Politicians defeated Safety Regulations Requiring Secondary Relief Wells, Remote Acoustic Triggers for Shut Off Valves, corrosion resistant Carbon Fiber Reinforced pipes, and High Quality Cement Sealing requirements; many of which are standard safety requirements in Canada, Brazil, and Norway.

Require Drillers to be Insured for Worst case Scenario ($50~100 Billion to start from the looks of this accident). If you cannot get insurance the way you are doing it now, or because you are using Halliburton Cost cutting low quality Cementing, then you shouldn't be in our waters.

The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund supported by industry fees should be raised from $1 Billion to $25 Billion.

No more Oil Drilling exemptions from detailed Environmental Impact Studies. Current Drillers should be subject to new Insurance and Safety Regulation requirements.

BP’s after-tax profit in 2009 was about $17 billion, on revenues of about $245 billion. Halliburton’s was around $1.7 Billion. When Multi-Billion dollar Industries and Natural Resources have been Killed off for Decades as a result of Criminal Negligence, how does an Oil Company making $17 Billion a year in profits pay for it?;

BP, Halliburton and partners should Pay $10~16 Billion a year for Decades.

Posted by: liveride | May 6, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Virginia and other East Coast and Southern States can create new Energy and Jobs within a short time from Biofuels, Offshore Wind, Distributed Solar and Biomass (created by VA Farmers) as compared with the decades it takes for Nuclear, Gas and Oil and their drawbacks of Public Liability, Waste and Pollution.

Biomass Energy Holds Great Promise for Virginia

http://www.timesdispatch.com/rtd/news/opinion/op_ed/article/ED-GLEEOP22_20090621-170003/275186/

Clean Coal: Here Now!

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2009/05/clean-coal-here-now

http://www.virginiabiomass.org/

Posted by: liveride | May 6, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

BP has bought and paid for Obama.
off shore drilling?
Escalating War in Afghanistan?
Goldman Sacs Exec's 'talented guys'

We have elected George W. Bush II

he is being bought by big business!

Where is the PRESS?????

Department of Defense Head of Purchasing
is a former Lobbyist for Raytheon???
where is the Press???

Federal spending at all time high,
but states closing schools and laying
off teachers?
where is the Press!
George W. Obama II
bush on steroids!!!!
This must be a JOKE!!

Posted by: simonsays1 | May 6, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Stupid people over react to every situation. It happens all the time in government. And it happens in the general population because 75 percent of the people are uninformed.

Posted by: tonyjm | May 6, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

It can get "very interesting" to read the comments from "environmentalists". They don't like this or that and it does not matter what as they can not agree amongst themselves. They use every excuse to blame someone else before any facts are known. To them, facts, what are those....

Posted by: gmclain | May 6, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

If there was a spill it would effect all of the Delmarva states. So many people make their living from the ocean and bay, be it tourism or seafood. Do these states have any input regarding VA's decision to drill?

Posted by: 12345leavemealone | May 6, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

BP and Halliburton have a long term history of Criminal Negligence that should result in Prosecutions, Convictions, and Hundreds of Billions for damages awarded to the United States.

Require Drillers to be Insured for Worst case Scenario ($50~100 Billion to start from the looks of this accident). If you cannot get insurance the way you are doing it now, or because you are using Halliburton Cost cutting low quality Cementing, then you shouldn't be in our waters.

The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund supported by industry fees should be raised from $1 Billion to $25 Billion.

No more Oil Drilling exemptions from detailed Environmental Impact Studies. Current Drillers should be subject to new Insurance and Safety Regulation requirements.

BP’s after-tax profit in 2009 was about $17 billion, on revenues of about $245 billion. Halliburton’s was around $1.7 Billion. When Multi-Billion dollar Industries and Natural Resources have been Killed off for Decades as a result of Criminal Negligence, how does an Oil Company making $17 Billion a year in profits pay for it?;

BP, Halliburton and partners should Pay $10~16 Billion a year for Decades.

Posted by: liveride | May 6, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Long Time Ago, Off Shore Virginia Was Drilled & Wooden Plank Platforms "burned" off oil & Gas in spectacles that lasted months for each platform. Much of near Surface oil is gone & Probably Much Less OIL remains than Hoped Even With Deeper Drilling.

BP In Noted For Blowing Off Public Oile & Gas wells & in late 1920s' Commonwealths Off Shore Oil reserve Waste Was NOT Stoppable, Even by Appeals To Supreme Court. Apparently Waste Was Right of Every American.

TS von Drashek MD

Posted by: thomasxstewart1 | May 6, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

No amount of lipstick can disguise the shallowness of Sarah Palin, the puerility of her reasoning, or the populist views she invariably tacks onto for her own financial gain.

Now 20 months later, “Drill Baby Drill” her slick and snide demand of Senator Joe Biden in the Vice Presidential debate in 2008, has come home to haunt her – in the form of a massive 120 mile wide oil slick – heading Florida’s way whilst also threatening the coastlines of Lousiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

The Price of Palin's " Drill Baby Drill"
http://www.tellingthoughts.com/us-politics/the-price-of-palins-drill-baby-drill

John Hay
Australia

Posted by: johnjhay | May 6, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Lets use this opportunity to have the oil companies pay for the training and deployment of thousands of first oil spill responders...
they can also be used to be responders for all kinds of emergencies...
lets not waste this opportunity...

Posted by: DwightCollins | May 6, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

AP reports that a rule change put in place by the Bush Interior Department in April 2008 exempted BP from filing a plan on how it would handle a blowout scenario such as the one flooding the Gulf of Mexico with oil today.
....

Wow- the Bush administration was so incompetent, corrupt, and stupid that it's still doing damage to America over a year after they slithered out of office!

Posted by: losthorizon10 | May 6, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

AP reports that a rule change put in place by the Bush Interior Department in April 2008 exempted BP from filing a plan on how it would handle a blowout scenario such as the one flooding the Gulf of Mexico with oil today.
....

Wow- the Bush administration was so incompetent, corrupt, and stupid that it's still doing damage to America over a year after they slithered out of office!


Posted by: losthorizon10 | May 6, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

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And don't forget the loveable DICK CHENEY whose Haliburton is responsible for more than one OIL BLOWOUT over the past few years with their horrific workmanship.

Posted by: racerdoc | May 6, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

I bet Ole Stumble Bob McDonnell is sweating it about these off-shore drilling contracts. After all he built his whole house of cards budget on those contracts. If that falls through then he has two very bad choices: make even further draconian cuts to services and thus making sure he will never be voted to any other elected office in Virginia; or raise taxes which will ensure that he will never win a Republican primary no matter what state he is in. McDonnell is having visions of his whole political career spill into a gooey mess right before his eyes. Oh well, Stumble Bob, there's always being a lobbyist for an oil company. After all you should know all the players very well!

Posted by: dre7861 | May 6, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

WELL, This article should be entitled "Obama finally get's a clue"

Posted by: Impeachbush99 | May 6, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

I was so looking forward to seeing Virginia Beach at night by the glow of burning oil slicks. How romantic that would be....drill baby, drill....burn baby, burn.

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Posted by: eeryrtuertyrtyeryt | May 6, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

"Isn't big energy just swell"?
From Appalachia hill tops of blood soaked "clean coal" to "drill baby drill" lies of energy self sufficiancy.
What a crock! Every American needs to be on an energy diet whilw we max up R&D on renewable energies while recycle, reuse and conserve to the max!

Posted by: tniederberger | May 6, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

On April 22nd, the Horizon platform sank and left a 800 foot section of mangled riser pipe on the Gulf floor, leaking ...

A) 1000 barrels per day at the first 90 degree bend just five feet above the 4 story blowout preventer which sits on top of the well head.
B) 5000 barrels per day at a hole located just past the middle of the 800 foot section left on the Gulf floor.
C) 24,000 barrels per day still venting out the end of the pipe.

Tuesday night (May 4th) deep water submersibles cut off the end of the pipe and installed a valve, and then closed the valve on the 24,000 barrels per day leak. This put additional back pressure on the middle leak, likely kicking it up to around 6000 barrels per day. The dome experiment is hoping to collect that 6000 barrels per day, and if they are smart, they will leave well enough alone with the 1000 barrel per day leak at the well.

The accident spilled roughly 16 million gallons of crude until they closed off the pipe end, (Tuesday night). Since then it has been leaking roughly 250,000 to 300,000 gallons per day, so figure another two million gallons will leak before they can get this dome thingie to work... if they get it to work.

So, if the dome works, you have a 18 million gallon spill in deep water, all of which is hit with a dispersant to keep it from surfacing, in the hope that it will not head inland. The northern edge of the spill is invading the outer islands of the Mississippi delta, 40 miles away, so the slick is currently 40 miles in radius (80 miles in diameter). It looks to definitely go to 50 miles in radius, even if the dome is successful. If the dome fails, the slick will grow by a million gallons every four days until they can plug this well with the relief well.

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Posted by: xianyou55 | May 6, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Yes, just what does BP mean when they say they'll be responsible of any economic loss caused by the "Drill Baby Drill Oil Spill." -- Does Viginia want to be at the mercy of some Oil Corporation?

This Drill Baby Drill Oil Spill sounds a lot like Exxon after the Valdez Oil Spill. Promise them anything, then fight like fury not to payoff in the courts, take over twenty years in the court system and when you get to the Supreme Court make sure it's been packed with Republicans so they can cut the claims which were upheld by the lower courts by a half to two-thirds.

Just watch BP will do the same in the DRILL BABY DRILL OIL SPILL. . . . . . Does Vinginia want to face that?

Posted by: Here2day | May 6, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

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