Tag: Jim Noe

Energy industry beginning to feel shutdown’s bite

As the federal government shutdown enters its 10th day with scant hope for a speedy resolution, the energy industry is just beginning to feel the pinch.  More »

Well plugging effort delays assessment of damaged Gulf rig

Hercules Offshore says it does not know yet how badly one of its Gulf of Mexico rigs was damaged in a blowout and fire last week, and cannot take a close look until a relief well permanently kills the one that blew out.  More »

Top offshore drilling regulator stepping down

The nation’s top offshore drilling regulator is set to step down later this year, just as the federal government drafts new rules to boost the safety of coastal oil exploration.  More »

Guest Commentary: An energy vision for Interior Secretary Jewell

Jim Noe, executive vice president of Houston-based Hercules Offshore, hopes that under the new Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the federal agency will focus on increasing U.S. energy output by creating a more clear and dependable business environment that attracts investment Gulf of Mexico exploration.  More »

Republican wants answers about feds’ offshore drilling strike team

A top congressional Republican wants to know more about a new Interior Department “strike team” dedicated to rooting out wrongdoing by companies drilling offshore and the government officials who police them.  More »

Obama taps business exec for Interior Dept. secretary

In a move surprising Washington insiders, Pres. Obama picks Sally Jewell — the CEO of REI and a former Mobil Oil Corp. engineer — for Interior secretary.  More »

Feds advance plan stressing ‘safety culture’ values offshore

Federal offshore drilling regulators on Wednesday advanced a policy statement meant to prod oil and gas companies to adopt a “safety culture” following lethal accidents in the Gulf of Mexico. The move comes as regulators draw scrutiny for not conducting audits of newly mandated safety programs and weeks after a fatal fire on a production platform 18 miles from Louisiana’s coast.  More »

Feds streamline system for vetting offshore permits *updated*

Federal regulators today revealed a new process for reviewing permits in response to complaints from oil and gas companies that say the government’s previous system was unwieldy. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement will also give oil and gas companies a peek at its checklist for examining whether permit applications are ready for prime time.  More »

Senator blocks Interior official’s confirmation over drilling slowdown *updated*

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is blocking confirmation of a nominee to head the Interior Department’s Fish and Wildlife Service in a bid to force federal regulators to speed up approvals of deep-water drilling projects. Vitter says he won’t back down until at least 15 new deep-water wells get the green light.  More »

Industry reps say platitudes all that came out of drilling summit

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s summit with offshore drilling advocates today won’t lead to swift government action on permitting decisions, industry leaders said. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)  More »

Landrieu backs down in offshore drilling fight with White House

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., relinquished her blockade of a White House nominee after months protesting the Obama administration’s handling of offshore drilling. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)  More »

Feds huddle with industry officials over spill containment, permitting

(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Obama administration officials stressed today that they want companies to certify under penalty of law that they can quickly contain blown-out offshore wells before new deep-water drilling permits are issued.  More »

Spill forum: "The moratorium ends when the drilling begins."

Drillers at energy event in Houston say they’re skeptical about the pace of new permits, but one company holds out hope for more activity by the end of the year. (Photo: US Coast Guard)  More »

Houston forum planned on offshore drilling rules

Energy industry leaders are expected to take aim at new offshore drilling rules, slower federal permitting of wells and the just-lifted moratorium on deep-water exploration during the event on Monday. (AP file photo)  More »