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Posts Tagged ‘Appalachia’

Libya Supports Deep Water Drilling Moratorium,Just Not Theirs

June 27, 2010

TRIPOLI, Libya — Libya will allow BP to begin drilling in its offshore deepwater region next month, despite the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the head of Libya’s National Oil Co. said Sunday.

Shokri Ghanem, who serves as Libya’s de facto oil minister, said the April explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, and the subsequent spill, were “tragic,” but the oil industry is also moving into “new frontiers.”

 “An accident will not stop us from digging in this new frontier,” Ghanem said. “Life must go on, but we will learn a lot of lessons.”

Ghanem’s comments are the latest confirmation by the OPEC nation that it was planning to honor the contract it signed with BP in 2007 to drill in the Libyan deepwater region of the Mediterranean Sea.

BP has been battling sharp criticism over the incident which left 11 workers dead and millions of gallons of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.

Ghanem said that drilling at such a depth makes it difficult to know exactly what is happening.

“Accidents happen all the time. If an air crash takes place, we don’t stop air traffic,” said Ghanem. “So we have to continue but we take this step to learn more lessons,” he said.

If US moratorium is put in place, Oil Company Employers will leave the region for other countries and help turn parts of  Gulf Coast into Appalachia Part 2.

  

 

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Ashley Judd criticizes EPA for Supporting Mountaintop Removal Mining for Coal Production

June 9, 2010

Actress Ashley Judd criticized Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson for approving permits for mountaintop removal mining.

Judd, in a speech at the National Press Club Wednesday, said the federal government is supporting “the rape of Appalachia.”

Mountaintop removal mining (MTR) is a form of surface mining that involves the use of explosives on the summit or summit ridge of a mountain to expose underlying coal seams.

It’s a common form of mining in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky and West Virginia.

Judd, a Kentucky native, called it “strip mining on steroids” and choked up as she talked about its environmental damage in her home state.

She called for an end to the practice and singled out other politicians for criticism and praise.

Judd has worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental groups to help end the practice.

Though Judd seems to have no problems promoting energy consumption, by cheering on car 10, going  in a circle, 200 times in 3 hours. Indy 500.. energy consumption on super speedway steroids…