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U.S. Oil Production on the Rise Despite Gulf Drilling Moratorium

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Posted on Apr 20, 2011
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A pelican is treated at Fort Jackson Bird Rehabilitation Center in Buras, La., after being exposed to oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill last April.

On the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, industry forecasters believe the U.S. is on track to increase its overall oil production this year as projects outside of the Gulf of Mexico take priority.

The Obama administration imposed a moratorium on offshore drilling in the Gulf after the oil rig explosion on April 20, 2010, and the subsequent spill. Despite the fact that BP will not be able to drill in the Gulf until at least July, other projects are taking up the slack. These include the extraction of oil deposits from Bakken shale in North Dakota and Montana. With an array of questions still unanswered about the safety of drilling in the Gulf region, it’s clear that public opinion favors aggressive domestic drilling. —KDG


With gas prices rising again and the economy teetering, the push to expand offshore drilling — including into sensitive Arctic waters — is only growing stronger. “The industry and the federal agencies have made some progress,” says Fran Ulmer, a member of the President’s oil-spill commission and chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission. “But not enough needed action has been taken.”

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By kerryrose, April 21, 2011 at 11:52 am Link to this comment

Isn’t it true that oil prices are subject to speculation just as food prices?

Isn’t it true that Wall Street financial industry speculates on oil, and it is this gambling that raises prices and not availability at all?

Isn’t this also happening with commodities and is the reason why millions are starving because they cannot afford food?

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By eugene, April 21, 2011 at 10:42 am Link to this comment
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MarthaA:  There’s nothing wrong with the picture.  While our production may rise, it’s a tiny bit in comparison with how much we consume.  Oil is an international commodity and the US/US oil companies haven’t anything to say about prices.  As an international commodity, all nations are competing for their share and total production is not increasing so it goes to the highest bidder.  The situation is far more complex than can be stated here but if you’re really interested and willing to spend the time, start reading “The Oil Drum”.  By and large, Americans believe we are the world so view things only from our narrow perspective.  We have, virtually, no understanding of the world at large hence out idea that we can “control” things.  Those days are gone forever.  If you think $5 is high, wait a few years.

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By John P., April 21, 2011 at 3:06 am Link to this comment
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BP Company executives;

Carl-Henric Svanberg, Robert Dudley, Byron Grote, Lain Conn, Helmut Schuster,
Steve Westwell, H. Lamar McKay, Mark Bly and R. Fryar;

should all serve mandatory year long service duties, under supervision from the
animal Rehabilitation Centers in Florida and louisiana for the crimes against

But they won’t -

because the U.S. has become a plutocracy.


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By MarthaA, April 20, 2011 at 11:34 pm Link to this comment

If oil production is on the rise in the United States, why are gas
prices being gouged up to be $5. per gallon before the end of this
year?  Something is wrong with this picture.

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By TDoff, April 20, 2011 at 11:11 pm Link to this comment

Just wait until the 2012 presidential campaigns kick-off, the nation will be swamped with snake oil, and it’s salesmen/candidates.

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