Tag: offshore drilling

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 »

Show them the money; Feds to boost offshore bond requirements

With oil companies boring wells and building offshore facilities in ever-deeper waters, federal regulators on Friday moved to update decades-old requirements to ensure they have enough money to dismantle the equipment once crude stops flowing.  More »

Feds urged to put Atlantic waters on auction block

Oil development in Atlantic waters from Africa to Canada should encourage the Obama administration to sell drilling leases in waters hugging the East Coast, a leading industry trade group said Wednesday.  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 »

3 West Coast governors oppose offshore drilling

The Interior Department is developing an updated plan for its Outer Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, and the governors formally stated their opposition to the inclusion of any oil or gas lease sales off the coast as part of any new plan.  More »

Oil companies forfeit Arctic drilling rights

Oil companies that had locked up more than 1.3 million acres of the Beaufort Sea for drilling in 2007 have since relinquished nearly half that territory, signaling the industry’s appetite for tapping those Arctic waters may be waning even as the Obama administration makes plans to auction off more of the area.  More »

Feds extend deadline for offshore drilling comments

Oil companies, environmentalists and other stakeholders will have more time to weigh in on what coastal waters should be available for drilling beginning in 2017.  More »

Industry poll says Americans want more oil production, support offshore drilling

Nearly 7 out of 10 Americans support domestic offshore drilling but few believe the federal government is doing enough to encourage such production, an industry-backed survey finds.  More »

Feds OK first-in-decades oil studies off East Coast

The Obama administration on Friday gave the oil industry the green light to use air guns and sonic sensors to search for possible oil and gas under Atlantic waters, overriding environmentalists concerned that the seismic research can harm whales and other marine life.  More »

Feds roll out details on Western Gulf lease sale

The Obama administration on Thursday released final details for its planned Aug. 20 sale of oil and gas drilling rights in the western Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Regulator says collaboration needed offshore

One of the biggest obstacles in boosting the safety of offshore drilling is making sure a massive web of contractors and oil companies are working collaboratively to prevent accidents, a top federal regulator says.  More »

House votes to expand offshore drilling

Even before the House voted 229-185 to force the federal government to allow offshore drilling off the South Carolina, Virginia and California coasts, lawmakers admitted the plan was going nowhere. But bill backers are hoping it will send a strong signal to the Obama administration that it should give oil and gas companies a chance to drill in Atlantic waters.  More »
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