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Obama moves forward on new oil and gas rules for public lands

The Bureau of Land Management’s announcement that it would be proposing changes — and inviting public comment on the scope of them — marks the first major effort in decades to update onshore royalty rates that are among the lowest in the world.  More »

Shell exec: U.S. risks losing drilling dollars to Brazil, Canada and Mexico

The Obama administration’s plan for selling offshore oil and gas leases from 2017 to 2022 could jeopardize the United States’ competitiveness as Brazil, Canada, Mexico and other countries aggressively compete for drilling dollars, a Shell executive told Congress.  More »

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 »

Five years after Gulf disaster, feds ready new well control and blowout preventer mandates

The Obama administration is poised to lay out new requirements for controlling offshore wells, nearly five years after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill vividly illustrated the damage that can be unleashed when they are not kept in check.  More »

Tensions ignite on East Coast as White House weighs Atlantic drilling

The prospect of a new generation of Atlantic drilling is stirring a heated debate up and down the East Coast.  More »

Feds says Shell’s spill containment system works as company seeks Arctic drilling approval

Exercises this week gave Shell a chance to demonstrate the equipment for Coast Guard officials and federal regulators at the Interior Department who will decide whether the company gets critical permits enabling a new round of Chukchi Sea oil exploration this summer.  More »

Shell’s Arctic drilling plans on track as Obama administration OKs lease sale

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says there’s more than four times as much oil in the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea as it previously estimated.  More »

Methane leaks from city pipes have dropped sharply, study finds

The research suggests that advancements in equipment and better maintenance are helping drive down emissions of the potent heat-trapping gas.  More »

As Obama administration weighs Arctic drilling, Shell moves rigs to region

Shell is moving its drilling rigs to the Pacific Northwest, ahead of critical government decisions on the company’s Arctic exploration plans.  More »

Industry swiftly challenges feds’ new fracturing rule

The lawsuit brought by the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Western Energy Alliance challenges the new mandates as “a reaction to unsubstantiated concerns.”  More »

Feds to impose hydraulic fracturing mandates

The Bureau of Land Management regulation set to be issued Friday has drawn fire from industry leaders who insist well-tailored state rules are better than one-size-fits-all federal mandates.  More »

Feds collect millions in Gulf oil drilling sale, despite falling prices

Slumping oil prices tempered some of the industry’s enthusiasm for new drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico — but not much.  More »

Offshore auction tests industry’s appetite amid slumping prices

Just 35 companies are participating in the government auction of Gulf of Mexico drilling rights — down from 50 a year ago and 56 in a similar March 2013 auction — suggesting that lower oil prices may be dampening enthusiasm for the offshore acreage.  More »

New fracking rules coming in ‘days’

The mandates are aimed at boosting the integrity of wells on public lands to ensure oil, gas and other fluids are contained within them and ensuring recovered water and other fluids are safely stored at the sites.  More »
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