US Department of the Interior
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.
DOI: BP Can Bid for US Gulf Oil Leases Despite Suspension
Friday, March 15, 2013 BP can bid in the upcoming Gulf of Mexico oil lease sale but won't be granted a contract if a suspension from obtaining new contracts is still in force, the US Department of the Interior said.
Interior Department Nominee Has Owned Oil Company Shares
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 Obama's pick Sally Jewell owns or has recently owned stock in several major oil companies, including ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
DOI: 38 Million Acres in Gulf of Mexico Up for Grabs
Thursday, February 07, 2013 The US Department of Interior announces that its latest sale will offer 38.6 million acres offshore Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama for oil and gas exploration and development.
US Interior Secretary Salazar to Step Down by End of March
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is expected to announce that he plans to step down in coming weeks, bringing the Obama administration one step closer to a total overhaul of its energy team.
Department of Interior to Assess Shell's Arctic Drilling Operations
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 DOI will assess Shell's 2012 Chukchi and Beaufort Sea drilling programs, particularly the challenges Shell has faced in Alaska's Arctic.
US Interior Department Schedules Sale of Alaska Drilling Leases
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 The Obama administration said it will offer oil-drilling leases on nearly 4.5 million acres in Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve during an auction scheduled for November.
Obama Admin Offers GOM Acreage in March Sale
Monday, September 24, 2012 As part of President Obama's all-of-the-above energy strategy, BOEM announces it will offer 38 million acres in Central GOM for O&G exploration and development.
Industry Groups Reiterate Call to Suspend Hydraulic Fracturing Rulemaking
Monday, September 10, 2012 IPAA and WEA submitted a letter to Salazar seeking a meeting to discuss the Bureau of Land Management's proposed rule for hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands.
Interior Greenlights Shell for Drilling Prep Work in Chukchi Sea
Thursday, August 30, 2012 DOI grants Shell permission to move forward with limited preparatory activities for its planned exploratory drilling program in the Chukchi Sea offshore Alaska.