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Audit: Offshore drilling permit reviews are inconsistent

he federal agency in charge of regulating offshore drilling doesn’t have standardized procedures for reviewing permits and has not finished establishing an electronic program designed to streamline the process, according to government audit.  More »

Shell, ConocoPhillips plead White House for flexibility in Arctic

Oil companies hoping to find crude under Arctic waters north of Alaska are imploring the Obama administration to ensure new rules governing drilling in the region don’t force them to stash emergency equipment nearby nor block them from using chemical dispersants to clean up any spills.  More »

Shell formally launches 2015 Arctic drilling bid

Shell’s campaign to resume Arctic drilling in 2015 took a major step forward Thursday, as the company gave federal regulators a broad drilling blueprint that lays out plans for boring new exploratory oil wells in the Chukchi Sea. It is the strongest evidence yet that the company will keep pursuing a big discovery in the U.S. Arctic, after a mishap-plagued 2012 exploration campaign ended with the grounding of a drilling rig and a $200 million writeoff.  More »

Project aims to trade calendar for risk in maintaining BOPs

Oil companies, drilling contractors and manufacturers are collaborating on a project to shake up the way the emergency devices known as blowout preventers are kept in good condition.  More »

Administration studies Arctic requirements

The Obama administration is closer than ever to imposing the first minimum standards for oil and gas activity in U.S. Arctic waters, as Shell pursues permits that could allow it to resume drilling in the region next year.  More »

Investigation tracks failure of subsea bolts

The failure of a bolt used to affix emergency equipment to a subsea well in the Gulf of Mexico should spur the oil industry to write new standards for fasteners and the oversight of contractors working offshore, investigators say.  More »

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 »
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