Ken Salazar

Obama Temporarily Bans Some New Offshore Drilling

The Obama administration will temporarily ban the sale of new offshore oil drilling leases in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and off the Atlantic coast, Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar said Wednesday, a policy change made in response to lessons learned from BP's horrific Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Rig Fire Shows Gulf Oil Spill's Lessons Are Being Ignored

No one died in the second major Gulf of Mexico oil rig mishap this year, and the fire aboard the Mariner Energy platform didn't lead to a spill. But that doesn't make it a win for America: More like a wake-up call that safety is still being given short shrift by the oil industry.

Minerals Management Service: Revenue Over Regulation

After the BP disaster, the Minerals Management Service is under fire, and a presidential commission will hold a hearing. A report reveals how the MMS became partner with the industry it regulates, often putting revenue ahead of safety.

U.S. Government Issues a Revised Drilling Ban

The Obama administration issued a revised moratorium on offshore drilling Monday that's no longer based on drilling depth. The new edict supersedes a previous ban that called for a blanket offshore deepwater drilling moratorium.