Specialists work to kill leaking Gulf well

Engineers in a Houston command center and specialists miles out in the Gulf of Mexico worked Wednesday to control a leaking, decades-old offshore well.
Semi-subermisible oil rigs and jackup drilling units in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Cameron, La. (Aaron M. Sprecher/Bloomberg)

Gulf platform evacuated after leak from decades-old well

A platform in the Gulf of Mexico was evaporated on Monday evening after gas began escaping from a Talos Energy well south of Louisiana.
The Energy Information Administration published a new interactive hurricane map. (Source: EIA)

Map shows hurricane progress toward oil assets

As hurricane season is kicking into full gear, the U.S. Energy Information Administration released an interactive map that details the real-time progress of storms in relation to energy installations.
Divers and a fish swim by a rig that has become an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico. (Chris Ledford / Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)

Feds hope more rigs will become reefs with policy revisions

The popular rigs-to-reefs program, which allows operators to leave non-producing platforms deep in the Gulf as a makeshift home for underwater creatures, has been revised to encourage more operators to donate their rigs.
A view of the facility at Shell's Ursa project in the Gulf of Mexico. Shell is the operator on the project, but working partners include BP, Exxon Mobil and ConocoPhillips. (Photo: Shell)

House advances plan to unleash drilling on US-Mexico maritime border

The House of Representatives advanced two items on the oil industry’s wish list Thursday, by passing legislation that would unleash drilling in the Western Gap area of the Gulf of Mexico and waive new financial reporting requirements on companies’ foreign dealmaking.

Oil industry to pare Gulf seismic surveys

The oil and gas industry will take new steps to protect dolphins, whales and other marine life while conducting geological research in the Gulf of Mexico, under a legal settlement reached with environmentalists.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

BP calls for independent probe of claims lawyer

BP is calling for an independent investigation into a lawyer working for the administrator reviewing claims arising from the Gulf oil spill who has been accused of collecting portions of settlement payments from a New Orleans law firm to which he had once referred claims.
Oil and gas companies working in the Gulf of Mexico have agreed not to use seismic surveys for the next 2 ½ years in three areas considered critical to whales. (Photo: Isaac Kohane/Flickr)

Companies will halt Gulf seismic surveys for 30 months

The time will give the government and industry time for required environmental studies and research.

Categories: Gulf of Mexico

EIA’s Reports This Week on Shale, Gales, and Tipping the Scales

Alrightee, there have been a number of key reports from the EIA this week which have prompted me to present some pertinent points, and pose some ponderations. So below is the skinny from three reports on shale,  gales (well, hurricanes), and tipping scales (…of market balance).  Shale Oil and Shale Gas Resources First up is […]
An insurance broker from London inspects the ENSCO 8505, as he evaluates its prospects in the underwriting market. The rig is designed to operate in up to 8,500 feet of water and will be put to work in the Gulf in June. Photo: Emily Pickrell / HC

Ensco adds another drillship to its fleet as deep water booms

Ensco has announced plans to add a drillship to its fleet as demand for the deep-water vessels and platforms continues in the Gulf of Mexico, West Africa and other hot spots.