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CURRENT NEWS ABOUT YOUR TOPIC

offshore drilling rules location:United_States - Google News

INTEREST GROUPS

You are welcome to look for other groups - this list may help you get started.
API (American Petroleum Institute) and link 2 and domestic drilling http://www.api.org/ehs/performance/explore/index.cfm
Western States Petroleum Association
Natural Resources Defense Council and specifics on work in Gulf region: http://www.nrdc.org/gulf/default.asp and reducing dependence on oil:http://www.nrdc.org/air/transportation/aoilpolicy2.asp
League of Conservation Voters
Sierra Club including efforts to protect the Arctic region from oil drilling: http://www.sierraclub.org/arctic/

HELPFUL RESOURCES
http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=oil_home-basics
Continental Shelf/Outer Continental Shelf - http://ocsenergy.anl.gov/guide/ocs/index.cfm
New York Times Topic: Offshore drilling and exploration

Statistics/Charts

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STATISTICS/OPINION POLLS

Link to a number of questions about offshore drilling - Scroll down to look for questions such as, "Do you favor, oppose, or neither favor nor oppose increasing drilling for oil and gas in coastal areas around the United States?" - http://www.pollingreport.com/energy.htm

JUDICIAL BRANCH

Most recent case is about the Obama Administration's attempt to impose a moratorium (halt) to all deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil spill. Read about this court case and the outcome here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-06-22/u-s-deepwater-oil-drilling-ban-lifted-today-by-new-orleans-federal-judge.html

*OPTIONAL* - An earlier, 2008 case, focuses on the Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit - read more about the case from these links. Link 1 and link 2.

LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

Information about current laws on offshore drilling can be found link 1 and link 2 and link 3.
Obama administration's efforts to delay continued exploration on the Outer Continental Shelf.

New legislation on drilling - Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act
LA Times overview article on House vote to end drilling ban, Speaker Pelosi's statement , how states voted, Bush Administration criticism of the bill, now it goes to the Senate for a vote. Other commentary on the legislation - Student News Daily.

AN OVERVIEW of offshore drilling legislation and regulation (.pdf), 2005.

OIL POLLUTION ACT AND BP OIL SPILL
Oil Pollution Act (1990) - http://www.epa.gov/oem/content/lawsregs/opaover.htm
BP Oil Spill & connections to the Oil Pollution Act - http://www.bpoilspilllawyersblog.com/2010/11/damages_and_recovery_under_the.html. This is an example of how states like Louisiana have the authority to move forward by bringing their claims against BP and planning for the cleanup along their coastline.


EXECUTIVE BRANCH

Learning about Connections to the Executive Branch - please read this link to learn more about an executive branch department related to your topic.
Department of the Interior web page.
Department of Energy web page and web page on crude oil production

Online Data Sources

USA Today article
Energy Department
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