Tag: offshore drilling

Hess, Chevron see first oil flow at Tubular Bells

Hess Corp.’s quest to harvest crude from its Tubular Bells field in deep Gulf of Mexico waters has culminated in oil now flowing at a massive production facility 45 miles from shore.  More »

Transocean to retire more rigs, execs say

Transocean lost billions of dollars in the third quarter as it faced sinking demand for offshore rigs and as it wrote down the value of its drilling business.  More »

North Carolina officials host closed meeting on oil drilling

Among those in attendance were top officials from the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which regulates drilling operations and handles the sale and lease of off-shore drilling rights in federal waters.  More »

Feds up Arctic oil estimates to satisfy court

The Obama administration is quadrupling its estimate of how much crude could be harvested from Arctic drilling leases it sold oil companies six years ago. Regulators also think there is a 75 percent chance of at least one large spill occurring in the area.  More »

Oil companies want more time for Arctic drilling

Three oil companies with billions invested in Arctic drilling leases are pleading with the Obama administration for extra time to hunt for crude under waters north of Alaska, but so far, federal regulators have been skeptical.  More »

Shell seeks five more years for Arctic oil-drilling drive

Shell, which has spent eight years and $6 billion to explore the Arctic’s Beaufort and Chukchi seas, said in letter to the Interior Department that “prudent” exploration before leases expire is now “severely challenged.”  More »

Feds settle Gulf pollution case

A Houston oil and gas company must pay to settle government charges alleging it illegally dumped oil and chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Ocean Rig Partners files for $305 million IPO

Offshore oil driller Ocean Rig Partners has filed for a $305 million initial public offering as it anticipates four next-generation deep-water drillships to be assembled over the next three years.  More »

Offshore drilling a winner in tight contests

A new poll shows that support for Arctic drilling is high in states where there are close Senate races.  More »

Shell begins production from its first deepwater Malaysia project

The project could eventually lead to peak production of 135,000 barrels of oil per day for a joint venture including ConocoPhillips and Shell.  More »

Audit: Offshore drilling permit reviews are inconsistent

he federal agency in charge of regulating offshore drilling doesn’t have standardized procedures for reviewing permits and has not finished establishing an electronic program designed to streamline the process, according to government audit.  More »

Study: East Coast states could cash in on offshore drilling

North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia could rake in billions if the Interior Department opens up auctions on leases along the Atlantic Coast, according to the study.  More »

Feds reveal details on Shell’s Arctic ambitions

More details came to light Tuesday on Shell’s plans for exploratory oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska, as federal regulators released a copy of the company’s broad Arctic drilling blueprint.  More »

Guest commentary: Offshore is next target for environmentalists

Guest commentary: There is still time for the industry to take back control of the online narrative before activists chip away at the 68 percent of Americans who currently support offshore oil and gas drilling.  More »

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 »
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