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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)

Industry study predicts Gulf drilling plummet from safety rule

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Announced last April by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel, the rule would tighten standards on blowout preventers – the device that failed in the case of Deepwater – as well as put more controls on how companies drill and monitor wells deep under the surface of the ocean.
(Eddie Seal/Bloomberg)

Commentary: More dialogue needed on BSEE well control rule

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By Erik Milito Safe, responsible energy development in the Gulf of Mexico and beyond is vital to the U.S. economy and job growth, as well as U.S. energy and national security. Joint efforts from the oil and natural gas industry and federal government have made great strides to enhance the safety of offshore operations in […]
Categories: Crude oil, Offshore
Brian Salerno, director of the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement   at the Offshore Technology Conference at the NRG Center Thursday, May 7, 2015. (Gary Coronado / Houston Chronicle )

Commentary: Proposed well standards bring accountability to offshore safety

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Industry standards alone won’t ensure improved offshore safety because they lack the force of law, says the head of the federal agency that regulates the offshore industry.
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Feds probing death of worker on Gulf drillship

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The worker on the Pacific Santa Ana was killed as the drillship prepared to bore a well for Chevron, BP and ConocoPhillips.
(Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement)

Obama administration closes off two avenues for new Arctic drilling

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The Interior Department announced it was canceling government auctions of drilling rights in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, previously scheduled for 2016 and 2017 respectively. At the same time, it formally rejected bids by Statoil and Shell for more time to search for crude under their existing Arctic leases.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Obama administration plan would ensure energy companies pay to scrap old offshore hulks

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The move by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is designed to ensure that the companies have set aside enough money to dismantle offshore facilities once oil and gas stops flowing.
A July 24, 2013 photo by the U.S. Coast Guard shows a natural gas fire aboard the Hercules 265 rig that caused significant damage and forced the evacuation of the crew. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)

Investigation faults slow response and equipment failure in 2013 blowout of Gulf well

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Workers reacted too slowly to stop a Gulf of Mexico well blowout that forced the evacuation of 44 people and ignited a fire that raged for two days in 2013, according to a federal investigation.
In this March 31, 2015 photo, a supply vessel crosses an oil sheen drifting from the site of the former Taylor Energy oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana. The New Orleans-based company has downplayed the leak's environmental impact, likening it to scores of minor spills and natural seeps that the Gulf routinely absorbs. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Details on fight against decade-long Gulf oil spill to be released under court deal

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Details about a chronic oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico will be disclosed as part of the settlement agreement between Taylor Energy and environmental groups.
(Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement)

Obama administration gives OK to Shell to drill deeper in Arctic

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Shell has already been drilling the well for more than two weeks. But BSEE had ordered the company to halt after completing the top 3,000 feet, because critical emergency equipment were not nearby to safeguard the work.
Commercial vessels spray water on the fire aboard the West Delta 32 production platform. (Coast Guard photo)

Houston’s Black Elk Energy facing criminal charges for fatal Gulf explosion

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Houston-based Black Elk Energy faces six criminal counts for a blast at a Gulf of Mexico production platform that killed three workers and injured others.