The federal agency that oversees offshore drilling will be dismantled in two weeks, but the former prosecutor who now heads the office isn’t going anywhere — at least not right away. Michael Bromwich will temporarily head the new Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement until the Obama administration hires a permanent replacement. The administration also announced today that Tommy Beaudreau will head the new Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
A leading House Republican today unveiled his plans for reorganizing the federal agencies that oversee offshore energy operations and beefing up the credentials of the government inspectors that police them. Aside from a few name changes, the proposal mirrors the overhaul launched by the Obama administration in the wake of last year’s Gulf oil spill.
The nation’s top offshore drilling regulator said he is still studying whether the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement can do more to keep oil and gas companies with checkered histories from exploring offshore.
FuelFix.com is your daily must-read source for news and analysis on the energy business. Anchored by business reporters at the Houston Chronicle and other Hearst Newspapers, Fuel Fix incorporates blogs by energy experts, market updates, useful data and a real-time summary of the top ideas, hottest stories and latest news in the oil, gas and energy industries.
Browse previous blog posts by month and year of entry. You'll see all the posts for that time period.