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The Fish and Wildlife Service said it could not authorize sound from Shell’s planned drilling of wells roughly nine miles apart to disturb walruses in the Chukchi Sea, because a 2013 requirement mandates a 15-mile buffer zone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New regulations governing the decommissioning of old offshore oil infrastructure are on the horizon, a top Obama administration official said Tuesday.
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.
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.
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, 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.