Category: Offshore

Guest commentary: One-size-fits-all rules for offshore vessels are unrealistic

There is universal agreement on the desire to prevent another catastrophic explosion and spill. But there is the risk of doing harm by overreaching in regulating for a safer environment.  More »

Environmentalists seek to stop Miss. offshore drilling rules

Environmental groups want a judge to stop rules setting a framework for offshore gas and oil exploration in parts of the Mississippi Sound.  More »

UH subsea society seeks to rise to the top

Two men from a University of Houston engineering program are not content to ride the wave of the school’s new subsea program — they are working hard to put it on the map as a dynamic new offering to the energy industry.  More »

Nations jockey for Arctic position, US not in lead

Nations across the world are hurrying to stake claims to the Arctic’s resources, which might be home to 13 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil and 30 percent of its untapped natural gas.  More »

New drone testing sites could boost oil industry use (video)

A Federal Aviation Administration decision to permit testing of drones in Texas and at sites throughout the country will open the door to more use of unmanned aircraft by oil companies.  More »

Russia dropping criminal charges against 30 Greenpeace protesters

Russia’s Investigative Committee is dropping criminal charges against all 30 Greenpeace activists arrested in September for a protest against Arctic oil drilling by state-run OAO Gazprom, the group said.  More »

Siemens to supply $2.6B US offshore wind plant

Siemens AG, Europe’s biggest engineering company, agreed to supply turbines to the $2.6 billion Cape Wind project, the first offshore wind farm planned in the U.S.  More »

Kinder Morgan to buy tanker businesses for $1B

Pipeline giant Kinder Morgan Energy Partners will spend nearly $1 billion to move into the tanker business after agreeing to buy two companies that ship oil between U.S. ports, the companies said Monday.  More »

Budget deal opens door to drilling in new Gulf waters

Legislation that opens the door to oil and gas drilling in international Gulf waters has cleared Congress, just in time for Mexico’s energy reforms and a Jan. 17 deadline for the U.S. to sign off on the work.  More »

Court won’t take Gulf spill moratorium case

The Supreme Court won’t decide if the Obama administration violated a judge’s order that struck down its temporary moratorium on deep water drilling after BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Dozens of groups call for offshore fracking halt

More than 150 environmental groups are asking California coastal regulators to halt offshore fracking, saying the practice violates state law.  More »

Budget deal gives boost to US-Mexico Gulf treaty

Legislation to enact a long-stalled international treaty governing oil drilling along the U.S.-Mexico border in the Gulf is wedged into a new congressional budget deal, boosting the odds Congress will implement the pact before a Jan. 17 deadline.  More »