Tag: offshore drilling

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 »

Shell wins restraining order against Greenpeace

WASHINGTON — Hours after stormy weather forced Greenpeace activists to climb off an Arctic drilling rig in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Shell won a temporary restraining order blocking the group from similar protests. The ruling, by U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason, bars Greenpeace and its activists from boarding, barricading or interfering with the […]  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 »

Exxon Mobil starts production at its new deepwater project in the Gulf

Total production of the project is expected to reach about 300 million cubic feet of gas and 3,000 barrels of liquids per day from two wells.  More »

Oil industry to Obama: Stop excluding Atlantic drilling leases

Oil industry leaders on Monday pressed the Obama administration to reverse course and schedule two auctions of drilling rights in the Atlantic, not just the single sale now penciled in for 2021.  More »

Gulf of Mexico drills keep spinning despite oil price plunge

The flurry of drilling may be slowing on land because of falling oil prices, but production in the Gulf of Mexico shows no signs of slowing down, a new report finds.  More »

Seventh SC coastal town on record against offshore drilling

Opponents of offshore drilling worry that spills could hurt the environment and the important coastal tourism industry.  More »

Report: Oil and gas on public lands a ‘blind spot’ in climate fight

The report pinpoints rising methane emissions from oil and gas wells on public lands and waters as a significant share of the heat-trapping gases tied to all energy development nationwide.  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 »

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 »

East Coast Democrats protest Atlantic oil drilling

Sixty-five lawmakers told the Obama administration to reconsider a plan to sell oil and gas drilling leases along the East Coast.  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 »
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