U.S. Interior Chief Signals Scale Back of Trump’s Offshore Drilling Expansion Plan

By Nichola Groom and Timothy Gardner LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has hinted to at least six coastal states that he will keep their waters out of a looming plan to expand U.S. offshore drilling, telling some they lack enough oil to be included anyway, according to state officials and transcripts from public hearings. Zinke's … [Read more...]

Big Oil Looks to U.S. Minorities to Build Offshore Drilling Support

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON, June 22 (Reuters) - The largest U.S. oil and gas lobby group is seeking to convince Hispanic and black communities to support the Trump administration's proposed expansion of offshore drilling, arguing it would create high paying jobs, including for storm-displaced Puerto Ricans. The American Petroleum Institute (API) launched its … [Read more...]

New York Governor Vows ‘Dunkirk-style’ Citizens Fleet to Block Offshore Drilling

By Henry Goldman (Bloomberg) -- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vowed to enlist a “citizens fleet” of leisure boats and fishing vessels to block any attempt to construct oil-drilling facilities off the state’s shores, as part of a broad attack on President Donald Trump’s environmental and energy policies. “I’m going to commission a citizen fleet to stop it just as Winston … [Read more...]

U.S. Interior Secretary Sees “Little” Demand for New Offshore Drilling

PRINCETON, NJ, April 6 (Reuters) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Friday that he sees little demand from oil and gas companies for new offshore drilling leases, which could pose problems for his plan to ramp up output from federal waters. The comments come just three months after Zinke had proposed opening nearly all U.S. ocean coastlines to drilling, in a bid to … [Read more...]

Tepid U.S. Offshore Oil and Gas Lease Sale a Setback for Trump

By Richard Valdmanis March 21 (Reuters) - Oil and gas drillers bid on only a tiny fraction of Gulf of Mexico acreage offered on Wednesday in the largest lease sale in American history, a setback to the Trump administration's efforts to rapidly pump up investment in the region. The Interior Department had offered up a record 77 million acres (31.2 million hectares) for … [Read more...]