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Our Comment in Nature Calling for Oil Sands Moratorium

June 30, 2014 by Mark Jaccard

Here is the press release for our 'Nature' paper, released June 25, calling for a moratorium on oil sands expansion. This means no loss of current jobs in the oil sands. But it does mean a return to sanity from this selfish rush to accelerate global warming, ocean acidification and ecological destruction.[read more]

California Needs a Moratorium on Fracking Now

July 25, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

California Fracking

California Governor Jerry Brown should prevent oil and gas operations from harming human health, property, or natural resources and impose a moratorium on all new fracking and well stimulation projects until adequate regulatory safeguards are in place.[read more]

D-Day for Macondo

August 2, 2010 by Jane Van Ryan

Today could be D-Day for the Macondo well. According to reports, BP is conducting a test to determine the likely success of killing the well from the top, while getting in position to assault the well from the bottom. This two-pronged attack is expected to begin tonight or tomorrow with a static kill in which heavy drilling muds are pumped into the Macondo's cap and down into the well. If the static kill works, the pressure inside the well will fall from 6,980 psi (pounds per square inch) to zero as the mud forces the rising oil and gas back down into the earth. Then engineers hope to force cement through the top of the well to permanently plug it from the top.[read more]

Obama Starts to Address Offshore Hazards and Calls for Clean Energy Action

May 29, 2010 by Frances Beinecke

I applaud President Obama’s announcement today that he is extending the moratorium on offshore drilling and calling a time out on lease sales off the coast of Alaska. These are forceful steps that will help protect America’s marine life and coastal communities in the immediate aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe. President...[read more]