US Department of the Interior
BOEM Extends Public Comment for Drilling in Chukchi Sea
Thursday, November 14, 2013 BOEM extends a call for information and nominations relating to a potential oil and gas Lease Sale 237 scheduled for the Chukchi Sea Planning Area.
Interior Secretary: Obama Will Use Executive Powers to Conserve Lands
Friday, November 01, 2013 President Obama will use his executive powers to protect more mountains, rivers and forests from development if Congress does not act to preserve such wild spaces, the US Interior Secretary says.
US Govt Shutdown: Offshore, Onshore Impacts Vary
Friday, October 04, 2013 The ongoing government shutdown halts some oil and gas work, while some operations are continuing as normal.
Government Shutdown Would Halt Issuing of New Permits on Federal Lands
Monday, September 30, 2013 Time is running out for companies trying to get new permits to drill on federal lands as a US government shutdown draws near.
BOEM: Lease Sale 233 Considered 'Deepwater Sale'
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 The Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 233 received fairly low bids compared to previous sales with most of the bids offered for deep water play, states BOEM Gulf of Mexico Regional Director John Rodi.
Second Draft of Hydraulic Fracturing Rule 'Undercuts US States Authority'
Thursday, August 22, 2013 Two energy industry associations say the Department of Interior's second draft of its proposed hydraulic fracturing rule undercuts US state authority to regulate energy production.
Brian Salerno to Take Reins at BSEE
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell names former Vice Admiral Brian Salerno as the Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).
BSEE Director Meets with Offshore Drillers to Discuss Drilling Safety
Monday, July 29, 2013 BSEE Director James Watson plans to meet industry officials to discuss drilling safety in shallow water.
Musings: Regulator Change At BSEE Might Become Industry Nightmare
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 BSEE's leader is leaving the offshore regulator, setting the stage for a new leader at a time when offshore regulation remains unsettled. Could this become the industry's worst nightmare?
API: Comment Period Extension for Fracking Regulations Justified
Thursday, June 06, 2013 BLM's decision to extend the comment period for the latest version of proposed hydraulic fracturing regulations for federal and Indian lands is warranted, says API.
BSEE Creates New Offshore Safety Institute
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 BSEE is taking steps to establish an independent Ocean Energy Safety Institute to further enhance safe and responsible operations across the offshore oil and gas industry.
Moniz Unanimously Confirmed as Energy Secretary
Thursday, May 16, 2013 The US Senate confirmed Ernest Moniz, a nuclear physicist who has lauded the US natural gas boom, as the next US Energy Secretary.
Revised Hydraulic Fracturing Rule Available for Comment Period
Thursday, May 16, 2013 The Department of Interior seeks comments on the updated rule that would govern hydraulic fracturing on US federal and Indian lands.
BSEE, Coast Guard Enter Agreement to Improve Offshore Oversight
Thursday, May 09, 2013 BSEE Director James Watson and US Coast Guard Rear Admiral Joseph Servidio announce a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)to strengthen the working relationship between the two agencies.
Secretary Sally Jewell Shines at OTC
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 Four weeks on the job, Secretary Sally Jewel visits OTC to discuss the department's plans for the oil and gas industry.
US to Release Arctic-Specific Drilling Rules Before Year End
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 When Shell sought permission from the US government to drill for oil in the icy waters of the Arctic Ocean, it agreed to follow a special set of standards to control oil spills in a challenging environment.
BSEE, Noble Energy, HWCG Complete Containment Exercise Successfully
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 BSEE, Noble Energy and HWCG announce the successful completion of a full-scale deployment of critical well control equipment to assess Noble's ability to respond to a potential subsea blowout in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
Top Interior Official To Leave In June, Creating Key Opening
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 The Interior Department's second-in-command plans to leave the agency at the end of June, creating a high-level opening at the agency responsible for oil and natural gas production on US lands.
BSEE Launches Deepwater Oil, Gas Containment Exercise in GOM
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 BSEE Director Jim Watson directs an unannounced exercise to deploy critical pieces of state-of-the-art well control equipment to the ultra-deep seabed of the Gulf of Mexico.
'Extremely Successful' Lease Sale Garners $1.6B in Total Bids
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 BOEM officials praise the results of Central Gulf Lease Sale 227, noting that the deepwater Gulf of Mexico will continue to play a major role in future US energy development.