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Regulator says collaboration needed offshore

One of the biggest obstacles in boosting the safety of offshore drilling is making sure a massive web of contractors and oil companies are working collaboratively to prevent accidents, a top federal regulator says.  More »

Offshore regulators to keep eye on bad actors

Marine and drilling regulators vowed Thursday to keep a closer watch on oil companies and contractors they say are consistently cutting corners on safety offshore.  More »

Commentary: Offshore rules cause some uncertainty, but goal is safety

George O. Wilkinson, a Houston partner with Vinson & Elkins, explains why uncertainty is emerging as federal regulators move toward performance-based rules for oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico  More »

New offshore tech center coming to Houston

The government agency that oversees offshore drilling plans to stand up a new technology center in Houston.  More »

Commentary: Offshore energy is a bigger challenge and a safer one

Houston lawyer Glenn Legge notes that the current administration is reinforcing its position that violations of federal offshore regulations — including submitting false, inaccurate, or misleading reports — can lead to criminal charges.  More »

Report: US ill prepared to tackle Arctic oil spills

The United States is ill prepared to tackle oil spills in the Arctic, whether from drilling or vessels traveling through newly passable waterways once clogged with ice, according to a National Research Council report released Wednesday.  More »

Former drilling chief: US ‘on a course to repeat’ Gulf oil spill

Former Minerals Management Service Director Elizabeth Birnbaum says the Obama administration “still has not taken key steps . . . to increase drilling safety.”  More »

Feds confront industry skepticism on new safety hotline

Federal regulators are pleading with the oil industry to ‘fess up when they dodge accidents at offshore production platforms, rigs and drillships.  More »

Gulf well shut in after blackout

An electrical blackout at an offshore floating production facility forced it to disconnect from at least one Talos well in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday.  More »

Gas no longer escaping from rig off La. coast

The operator and federal regulators say the flow of natural gas, water and sand has been stopped at a drilling rig off Louisiana’s coast.  More »

Kill attempt to come for well spewing gas off Gulf coast

Crews continued to work Friday to stop natural gas flowing from a drilling rig off the Louisiana coast, and the Coast Guard said workers had managed to cut the flow in half.  More »

Crews lose control of gas rig off Louisiana coast

Officials say no injuries or pollution have been reported and efforts are underway to stop the flow of gas.  More »
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