The Outer Continental Shelf Deepwater Royalty Relief Act — or — Why Big Oil Drills in Deep Water

June 25, 2010

Originally posted in the Spout-Off Forum of the Cape May County Herald, this post is intended to supplement Matthew J. Novak’s article and blog at, Bashing BP (For Doing Exactly What Government Led Them to Do), with links to further information about the Outer Continental Shelf Deepwater Royalty Relief Act (DWRRA), and its origin and purpose.  Congress passed DWRRA in 1995 to give Big Oil an economic incentive to drill in deep water.

John Johnston (D-Louisiana) sponsored S.158: Outer Continental Shelf Deep Water Royalty Relief Act in 1995. That bill was not voted on, but its text was incorporated into S. 395: Alaska Power Administration Asset Sale and Termination Act as Title III of that act. It was signed into law by President William Jefferson Clinton (D-Arkansas) on November 28, 1995 and became P.L. 104-58. Seventy-five percent of the Senate voted Yea. Eighty-four percent of the House of Representatives voted Yea on a resolution in support of the legislation. Looking at the vote counts, notwithstanding the stated glitch, I’d say that Democratic incohesion on the bills was slightly less soul-crushing than the Republicans’ near unanimity in favor of the bills.  Read the rest of this entry »

Perpetuating The Delusion

February 16, 2008

Friday, September 14, 2007

Perpetuating the Delusion
Current mood: amused
Category: School, College, Greek


So I’m in this Current Problems in Constitutional Law class, and the big assignment is to write a legal brief arguing a case that is on the Supreme Court’s current docket. The teacher gave us a list of cases from which we were to choose.


I chose KENTUCKY DEPT. OF REVENUE v. DAVIS, which is a controversy over the so-called “Dormant Commerce Clause.” Here’s the background on the case from the Court of Appeals of Kentucky: Read the rest of this entry »

Wickard v. Filburn: The Bane Of My Existence

February 16, 2008

Monday, November 20, 2006

Wickard v. Filburn: The Bane Of My Existence
Current mood: drained
Category: Jobs, Work, Careers

I had to do this assignment on the Interstate Commerce Clause for my Constitutional Law class. This is what I posted. The stuff in italics is from the assignment page, included for your convenience.

A federal court inclined to uphold a statute based on the commerce power would resort to the standard set forth in WICKARD v. FILBURN, as did the court in RAICH v. GONZALES, which easily justifies even the most whimsical and Kafkaesque of Congressional intrusions into any citizen’s daily reality. Under the WICKARD standard, I couldn’t make a peanut-butter and jelly sandwich that was beyond the reach of Congress. Read the rest of this entry »

A Hell Of A Time To Study Constitutional Law

February 16, 2008

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

A Hell Of A Time To Study Constitutional Law
Current mood: excited
Category: Goals, Plans, Hopes

Countdown to class: T minus two days, and counting.

I had a goal this summer to read the Constitutional Convention Debates and The Federalist Papers in order to prepare for class, but that didn’t happen. I’ve established that I won’t do a damn thing unless there is a deadline–and consequenses for failure.

This will surely be the most exciting semester of my schooling. Constitutional Law and Criminal Law are the two areas I’d like to focus on the most in the future, and it’s clear from any casual perusal of recent headlines that this is a hell of a time to be studying Constitutional Law: Read the rest of this entry »


February 16, 2008

Friday, May 12, 2006

Current mood: exanimate

Seventy-one degrees and sunny.

As I listen out my window, I hear: a lawnmower, the barking of a dog, and the chirping of a bird. Folks, this is not good for America. How are we to unite against the forces of evil when we are constantly distracted by pleasantries?

I ought to be hearing the slamming of doors, the racking of shotguns, the shrieking of women, and the whimpering of children. These are the sounds of an America uniting against a common enemy.
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