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David Bernhardt to be Named Acting Interior Secretary
Monday, December 17, 2018David Bernhardt is expected to be named acting Interior secretary by President Donald Trump.
46.3B Barrels of Oil in Wolfcamp-Bone Spring
Thursday, December 06, 2018New federal study estimates undiscovered, technically recoverable resources in Wolfcamp shale and Bone Spring Formation in Permian's Delaware Basin.
Trump Admin to Advance Seismic Surveys in Atlantic
Friday, November 30, 2018The Trump administration is taking a major step toward allowing a first-in-a-generation seismic search for oil and gas under Atlantic waters.
BOEM Sets GOM-wide Lease Sale
Wednesday, September 26, 2018Lease Sale 252 will offer approximately 14,696 unleased blocks in the GOM Western, Central and Eastern planning areas.
Permian Auction Doubles 2008 Record with near Billion-Dollar Sale
Friday, September 07, 2018The price to access unexplored shale assets on the New Mexico side of the Permian Basin soared to $95,001 an acre in a federal government auction.
Gulf Of Mexico Oil Lease Auction To Test Response To Trump-Era Regulations
Friday, August 10, 2018A federal auction of exploration leases in the Gulf of Mexico next week will test energy companies' appetite for acreage.
BSEE's Angelle: SafeOCS Participation Up Dramatically
Tuesday, July 17, 2018BSEE releases 2017 stats for SafeOCS data sharing program.
OTC 2018: Energy Policy Pro, Officials See Better Government-Industry Ties
Tuesday, May 01, 2018How might the offshore oil and gas industry summarize its relationship with US federal regulators?
Zinke Says Won't Lower Oil, Gas Offshore Royalty Rates 'At This Time'
Tuesday, April 17, 2018Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he will not lower royalty rates for offshore oil and gas lease sales 'at this time.'
US States Slow Trump Offshore Oil Drilling Expansion Plan
Monday, March 12, 2018The Trump administration's plan to broadly expand drilling in US offshore waters is moving slowly.
US Interior Panel Votes For Lower Federal Offshore Oil And Gas Royalties
Wednesday, February 28, 2018A US Department of the Interior committee votes to recommend to Secretary Ryan Zinke that the agency lower royalty rates for federal offshore oil and gas drilling.
Alaska Becomes Latest State To Request Limits On US Offshore Drilling
Tuesday, January 30, 2018Alaska Governor Bill Walker says he has asked US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to pare back a Trump administration plan for oil and gas leasing.
BOEM Plans Biggest GOM Lease Sale Ever
Tuesday, October 24, 2017BOEM proposes lease sale for nearly 77 million acres in Gulf of Mexico.
BSEE: About 20% US Gulf Oil Output Offline Due To Hurricane Nate
Thursday, October 12, 2017About 20% of US Gulf of Mexico oil production is offline in the aftermath of Hurricane Nate, BSEE says.
Trump Admin Plans To Delay Methane Controls From Oil, Gas
Wednesday, October 04, 2017The US Interior Department will propose this week delaying parts of an Obama-era rule to limit methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands.
BSEE: About 13.5% Of US Gulf Oil Output Still Shut In By Harvey
Thursday, August 31, 2017About 13.5% of oil production in the Gulf of Mexico was shut in on Thursday due to Tropical Storm Harvey.
BSEE: More Than 18% Of US Gulf Output Shut In By Harvey
Tuesday, August 29, 2017More than 18% of oil production in the Gulf of Mexico was shut in on Tuesday due to Harvey, BSEE says.
US To Relax Rules Protecting Sage Grouse, In Win For Oil Drillers
Monday, August 07, 2017The US Interior Department launches an overhaul to an Obama-era plan to protect sage grouse that it says aims to both preserve the species of bird while expanding opportunities for oil.
New Interior Chief Vows Review Of Obama-Era Rules, 'Bold' Restructuring
Friday, March 03, 2017New Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke plans to review Obama-era measures that limited energy development.
Exploration Spending Cutbacks Reflected in Lease Sale Results
Wednesday, March 23, 2016BOEM announces results of Central and Eastern Gulf Lease Sales 241 and 226 amid protests, calling the sale results "respectable" despite low bidding.
Q&A: The BSEE's Latest OCS Safety Program Initiative
Thursday, February 04, 2016Rigzone speaks to BSEE Director Brian Salerno about the intricacies and implications of its latest pilot program, which is designed to improve offshore safety on the US Outer Continental Shelf.
Industry Groups Say Proposed Flaring Rules are Costly, Unnecessary
Friday, January 22, 2016Industry groups say they support reducing methane emissions, but see BLM's proposed update of gas flaring rules on federal lands as duplicative and unjustified.
Center for Offshore Safety Recognized for SEMS Audits
Tuesday, June 23, 2015BSEE recognizes the Houston-based Center for Offshore Safety as the first and currently only official accreditation body for audit service providers.
Despite Current Economic Climate, Production in GOM is Projected to Rise
Friday, May 01, 2015At a time when many operators are slowing down, activity in the Gulf of Mexico is moving full steam ahead, seemingly unfazed by a saturated oil market and poised to keep producing.
Congress Takes On Energy Issues
Friday, March 27, 2015Federal energy policy in the US took a turn to the right last week as the House passed a budget bill, the EPA and the Department of Interior got sued, and the Senate went on a marathon voting session.
BSEE: Gulf Well Supervisor Charged with False Statements to Inspectors
Friday, January 30, 2015Gulf of Mexico well site supervisor is being charged with falsifying statements regarding blowout preventer components.
Lower Tertiary Trend Remains Focus of Western Gulf Bidding
Wednesday, August 20, 2014Operators focus bidding on Lower Tertiary and US-Mexico transboundary tracts in BOEM's Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 238.
BSEE: Better Standards Needed to Address Bolt, Connector Performance
Tuesday, August 12, 2014Existing industry standards to not adequately address bolting/connector performance in subsea marine applications, according to the findings of a recent BSEE report.
US Energy Dept Approves Oregon Project To Export LNG
Thursday, July 31, 2014The US Energy Department approves Oregon LNG, as the Obama admin. works through applications to export fuel from the domestic drilling boom to markets in Asia and Europe.
US Approves Plan To Open Atlantic To Oil Reserve Surveys
Friday, July 18, 2014The 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, 2014Western 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, 2014BOEM 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, 2014The 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, 2014By 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, 2014Geopolitics, 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, 2014The 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, 2014The 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, 2014The 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, 2014Bureau 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, 2013BOEM 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, 2013President 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, 2013The 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, 2013Time 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, 2013The 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, 2013Two 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, 2013Secretary 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, 2013BSEE 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, 2013BSEE'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, 2013BLM'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, 2013BSEE 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.