Former Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., left, appears at a hearing with Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Landrieu calls Obama’s offshore drilling plan a ‘gross injustice to Gulf Coast states’

Former Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., took aim at the plan in her first statement since losing reelection last December.
Phil McNabb of Oceaneering International shows off the WASP Atmospheric Diving System during the Offshore Technology Conference at Reliant Center in 2002. (Melissa Phillip/Chronicle)

Oceaneering to buy Louisiana ocean-mapping firm for $230m

The deal to buy Lafayette, Louisiana-based C&C Technologies will give Oceaneering access to technology that can map the ocean and survey marine construction for surface and subsea assets, which would boost utilization of its underwater vehicles.
(Photo courtesy of Shell Oil Co.)

Shell planning to restart Arctic drilling this year

Shell is planning on spending $1 billion to drill exploratory oil wells in Arctic waters north of Alaska this year — as long as it clears legal and permitting hurdles, said CEO Ben Van Beurden.
A McDermott International subsea construction vessel installs 65 miles of umbilicals and other subsea structures as it builds up Chevron's Jack and St. Malo project in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: McDermott International/Business Wire)

Three oil majors team up on Gulf megaproject

The collaboration reflects the steep technological and financial hurdles to commercially producing oil from 23-million-year-old Paleogene rock more than five miles below the surface of the sea.
(Photo courtesy of Shell Oil Co.)

Offshore drilling plan targets Atlantic and Arctic waters

The Obama administration’s proposal for 10 auctions of drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico, three targeting Arctic waters and one of Atlantic acreage is alienating both environmentalists and the oil industry.
Oil facilities pop up from the shallow continental shelf in the Gulf of Mexico. More than five decades after the shallow waters of the Gulf were first explored, it is still being tapped. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Houston Chronicle)

Obama administration opens door to Atlantic drilling

The Obama administration is poised to unveil a draft plan for selling offshore oil and gas leases that is expected to rule out auctioning drilling rights in parts of the Atlantic Ocean as well as in some Arctic waters and along the West Coast between 2017 and 2022.
(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via The New York Times)

Republicans vow to fight administration on Arctic drilling

Republicans lashed out at what they called a “triple whammy” of Obama administration actions that could limit oil development in and around Alaska, including new protections in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and a coming plan for selling offshore drilling rights.
A Sikorsky model 76-D helicopter hovers over a runway during a demonstration of the new Sikorsky model 76-D helicopter designed for transporting offshore oil workers at West Houston Airport Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Houston. Sikorsky just opened a Houston office to focus on oil & gas support. 
( James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle )

Helicopter company opens Houston office to serve offshore workers

About 80 helicopters from Sikorsky’s S-76 model line are operating in the Gulf of Mexico, along with 50 in its S-92 line.
A diver explores former offshore oil equipment  that has been turned into an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico under the states "rigs to reefs" program. (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)

Video: Anadarko turns massive Gulf spar into marine habitat

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has turned a 7,200-ton cell spar hull into a dark cave-like habitat for fish, sea anemones and other deep-sea creatures 200 miles off the coast of Louisiana.
A group of idle rigs is seen behind James Noe, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Hercules Offshore while aboard the Hercules 251 a shallow water drilling rig owned by on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010, near Port Fourchon, La. (Smiley N. Pool /Chronicle)

Hercules Offshore to lay down five more Gulf rigs

Hercules has already cold-stacked four of the rigs this month and a fifth is scheduled to end its contract in March.