Tag: Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

Feds unveil plan for keeping offshore oil wells in check five years after Gulf spill

The measure codifies many of the steps that companies have already taken to better keep offshore wells in check, including more rigorous maintenance and testing of the blowout preventers that act as a last line of defense against uncontrolled surges of oil and gas.  More »

Feds launch review of Shell’s Arctic drilling plan

Federal regulators have begun a 30-day review of a broad plan that forms a framework for Shell to resume Arctic drilling this summer. The company also must obtain permits for each proposed well.  More »

Shell conducts drills with Arctic oil spill response system

Shell Oil Co. is conducting the testing for Obama administration officials as it plans a new round of exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska later this year.  More »

Feds: Market forces pushing offshore rig counts down

The government’s top offshore energy overseers on Tuesday defended the Obama administration’s approach to oil and gas drilling along the nation’s coastlines, insisting that market forces — not federal regulations — were discouraging the activity.  More »

Feds weighing Shell bid for more time in Arctic

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the Obama administration will decide soon whether to yield to Shell’s request for an extension of its Arctic drilling leases. Statoil and ConocoPhillips have made parallel requests for leases that will begin expiring in 2019.  More »

Feds propose Arctic drilling mandates

The Interior Department’s proposal would for the first time impose specific mandates on offshore drilling in isolated U.S. Arctic waters — updating rules that were built decades ago for the much more temperate Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Feds to inspect fire damage at Energy XXI oil platform

Federal regulators said Friday they will send personnel, weather permitting, to examine the damage at an oil production platform owned by Energy XXI in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico, about 5 miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana.  More »

Blowout preventer rule gets White House vetting

Federal regulators are advancing rules meant to boost the reliability of blowout preventers used to safeguard offshore wells.  More »

Fatal explosion came during maintenance work

The fatal explosion came nearly six months after federal drilling regulators warned that the facility had failed to maintain all equipment in a safe condition so as to ensure the protection of the lease and associated facilities.  More »

Feds probe fatal offshore blast

Federal investigators are on the scene of a oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico that exploded on Thursday, killing one person and injuring three others.  More »

Oil companies want more time for Arctic drilling

Three oil companies with billions invested in Arctic drilling leases are pleading with the Obama administration for extra time to hunt for crude under waters north of Alaska, but so far, federal regulators have been skeptical.  More »

Feds settle Gulf pollution case

A Houston oil and gas company must pay to settle government charges alleging it illegally dumped oil and chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

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 »

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 »
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