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Ocean energy bureau gets new director

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Abigail Hopper, a Maryland energy regulator and veteran of fights over offshore wind farms, will be the top federal official in charge of oil and gas drilling along the nation’s coastlines.
Oil facilities pop up from the shallow continental shelf in the Gulf of Mexico. More than five decades after the shallow waters of the Gulf were first explored, it is still being tapped. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Houston Chronicle)

Feds launch planning for future offshore lease sales

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The Obama administration is about to kick off the long process of deciding what offshore areas should be auctioned off for oil and gas drilling from 2017 to 2022.
Actor Reid Scott attends the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City in April.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival)

Environmentalists tap actor to warn about offshore seismic

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A conservation group is hoping a little star power will draw more attention to its concerns about seismic oil and gas research proposed in Atlantic waters off the east coast.
Spectators look at a Cameron Evo 20K BOP, a blowout preventer, at Cameron's booth at the 2013 Offshore Technology Conference  in Houston. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Industry takes the lead in improving emergency well control devices

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Four years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster spotlighted shortcomings in the blowout preventers intended to safeguard offshore wells, government regulators are still drafting long-promised regulations meant to boost the reliability of those critical emergency devices.
Tommy Beaudreau, (Rich Clement/Bloomberg)

New offshore decommissioning requirements coming

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New regulations governing the decommissioning of old offshore oil infrastructure are on the horizon, a top Obama administration official said Tuesday.
Tommy Beaudreau, (Rich Clement/Bloomberg)

Beaudreau: Feds’ ‘robust regulatory agenda’ will boost Gulf safety

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Tommy Beaudreau is set to speak Tuesday during the Offshore Technology Conference about recent policy developments at the Interior Department, where work is underway on requirements for offshore equipment, baseline standards for Arctic exploration and possible seismic research in Atlantic waters.
Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Feds announce plan to auction 21 million Gulf acres

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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.
(Mathew Sumner/San Francisco Chronicle)

Feds clearing path for Pacific wave energy test

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The Interior Department is sending out a feeler for companies interested in harnessing wave power off the Pacific Northwest before allowing a Oregon State University project to advance.
Tommy Beaudreau, (Rich Clement/Bloomberg)

Offshore drilling regulator moves up at Interior

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Tommy Beaudreau, the Obama administration official who oversees offshore oil leasing and helped shake up federal agencies after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, is now joining Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s inner circle.
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Oil companies bid big bucks for Gulf drilling rights

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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.