23 June 2010 News Roundup Posted by: Caitlin Leutwiler | Leave a comment | Share: A federal judge blocked a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling, but the Obama administration has decided to appeal the judge’s decision, reports Voice of America News. Business Insider reports that the government is preparing a report on the midwater oil plumes. If the oil plumes continue to spread, they could cause a massive increase to the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone, causing bacteria populations to explode and deplete the ecosystem of oxygen. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar signed an order renaming the Minerals Management Services (MMS) as the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, or the Bureau of Ocean Energy, reports Reuters. The new agency is being broken up into three separate divisions overseeing royalty collection, energy leasing and safety enforcement. The massive Gulf oil disaster made its presence felt along Alabama’s coastline again on Tuesday, reports the Press-Register. In the neighboring state of Florida, the Associated Press reports, tar balls have washed up on the shore of Pensacola beaches. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover?