Tag: offshore drilling

Former drilling chief: US ‘on a course to repeat’ Gulf oil spill

Former Minerals Management Service Director Elizabeth Birnbaum says the Obama administration “still has not taken key steps . . . to increase drilling safety.”  More »

Feds announce plan to auction 21 million Gulf acres

The rights to drill in 21.4 million acres of the western Gulf of Mexico will be put on the auction block this August, the Obama administration said Tuesday.  More »

Coast Guard blames 2012 Arctic rig grounding on bad decisions

Coast Guard investigators on Thursday rapped Shell Oil Co. and its contractors for failing to heed the dangers of towing a drilling rig across stormy Alaska waters in late 2012 — a voyage that ended when it ran aground on New Year’s Eve.  More »

Feds confront industry skepticism on new safety hotline

Federal regulators are pleading with the oil industry to ‘fess up when they dodge accidents at offshore production platforms, rigs and drillships.  More »

Oil companies bid big bucks for Gulf drilling rights

Oil and gas companies pledged hundreds of millions of dollars for drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, during a high-stakes auction that demonstrated their enthusiasm for offshore development and marked BP’s return to the bidding after a suspension related to the Gulf oil spill.  More »

Fewer firms submit bids in offshore Gulf auction

Forty-two oil and gas companies will make plays for new Gulf of Mexico territory on Wednesday, in a closely watched, high-stakes auction of U.S. drilling rights that is viewed as a test of the industry’s appetite for offshore projects despite a drilling boom that is unfolding mostly on land.  More »

Feds unveil study paving way for oil and gas research in Atlantic

The Obama administration on Thursday is setting the framework for a new generation of oil and gas research off the East Coast — and potential drilling in those Atlantic waters a decade from now — by releasing an environmental study of seismic surveys to pinpoint those energy resources.  More »

Cruz to GOP: Stop obsessing over Keystone XL

WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz wants GOP lawmakers to move beyond Keystone XL and instead do more to unleash America’s energy potential.  More »

Court ruling insulates foes and fans of Arctic drilling

In the heated political battle over drilling in chilly Alaskan seas, a court ruling drilling proponents blame for thwarting the activity provides handy cover for stakeholders from Anchorage to Washington.  More »

Shell’s delay ignites calls for deep freeze on Arctic drilling

Environmentalists celebrated Shell’s decision to put its 2014 Arctic drilling plans on ice, but drilling advocates said they hope it’s just a temporary setback.  More »

Shell puts 2014 Arctic drilling plans on ice after legal challenge

Shell officials on Thursday said the oil company will not resume drilling in Arctic waters north of Alaska this summer, following a federal appeals court decision throwing its offshore leases there into jeopardy.  More »

Feds will wait til March to open sealed Gulf bids

Oil companies that hope to nab new drilling leases near the U.S.-Mexico boundary in the Gulf of Mexico will have to wait a little longer to see if they were successful.  More »
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