Yesterday President Obama announced the results of his administration’s safety review of offshore drilling and extended a moratorium on new deep-water oil drilling permits for another six months while a commission investigates the causes of the April 20th accident. That moratorium will stave off controversial lease-sales off the coast of Alaska, the Western Gulf, and Virginia, but how will it affect drilling sites off the California coast, such as the Venoco drilling plan up for vote on the June 8th ballot in Carpenteria? And do President Obama’s announcements yesterday herald a sea-change in the administration’s stance on offshore drilling?
Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club
Brian Baird, Assistant Secretary of Ocean and Coastal Policy for the California Natural Resources Agency (NRA)
Eric Smith, associate director of the Tulane Energy Institute & professor of clinical finance at the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University
Iraj Ershaghi, Director of the Petroleum Engineering Program and the West Coast Petroleum Technology Transfer Council at USC, and Executive Director of the Chevron–USC Center for Interactive Smart Oilfield Technologies
Sheridan Titman, director of the Energy Management and Innovation Center in the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin