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US Approves Plan To Open Atlantic To Oil Reserve Surveys
Friday, July 18, 2014 The Obama admin. approves a plan that would allow companies to assess oil resources off the Atlantic Coast.
BOEM to Offer 21 Million Acres in Next GOM Lease Sale
Thursday, July 17, 2014 Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 238 on Aug. 20 will be the sixth offshore sale under the Administration's Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012-2017.
BOEM Initiates Planning of 2017-2022 Leasing Program
Friday, June 13, 2014 BOEM initiates the first step in developing its proposed 2017-2022 offshore oil and gas leasing program.
Interior Awards First Gulf of Mexico Transboundary Leases
Friday, May 30, 2014 The US Department of the Interior awards the first leases in the Gulf of Mexico subject to the US-Mexico Transboundary Agreement.
Musings: NOIA's Position On Offshore Contractor Regulation Shifts
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 By filing an amicus brief in support of a service company fighting an INC served on the company, NOIA argues that BSEE lacks the authority to regulate contractors under OCSLA.
US: Ukraine Crisis Played 'Elevated' Role In Recent LNG Approval
Friday, April 25, 2014 Geopolitics, such as the recent Ukraine and Russia crisis, will continue to influence decisions on how much LNG to export, Energy Secretary Moniz says.
Energy Dept. Welcomes Fracking Chemical Disclosure
Friday, April 25, 2014 The US Department of Energy says it welcomes the decision by Baker Hughes to disclose all chemicals in hydraulic fracturing fluid.
US Extends Keystone XL Comment Period, Delaying Final Decision
Friday, April 18, 2014 The US State Department is extending the government comment period on the Keystone XL pipeline.
Hiring, Retaining Staff Poses Challenges to US Interior Dept.
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 The Department of the Interior continues to face challenges hiring and retaining staff with key skills needed to manage and oversee oil and gas operations on federal leases.
Gulf of Mexico Lease Sales 231, 225 to Offer 40 Million Acres
Thursday, February 13, 2014 Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is set to hold two consecutive lease sales in March.
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.