US Offshore Drilling Safety Chief holds on to current post… for now

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WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--Michael Bromwich, the former federal prosecutor who has led the U.S. agency that oversees offshore drilling through its response to last year's massive oil spill, will stay on the job until a permanent replacement is chosen, the agency announced Friday. Bromwich's future had been in doubt as the agency prepares to reorganize itself effective Oct. 1. … [Read more...]

US government proposes new workplace safety rules for offshore oil and gas industry


WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--The U.S. Interior Department Tuesday proposed additional workplace safety requirements for offshore oil and gas drillers. The proposals would make further revisions to a workplace safety rule that is set to go into effect in November and come in addition to other rule changes the department has implemented since last year's massive oil spill in the … [Read more...]

The Bureau gives Shell a green light to drill in Gulf of Mexico

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Mars Tensioned-Leg Platform (TLP), Image by Garve Scott-Lodge  HOUSTON (Dow Jones)--Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) said Thursday it has received approval from federal regulators to drill a new well at its Gulf of Mexico Europa field. The permit will allow Shell, one of the largest producers in the Gulf, to return all of its five contracted drilling rigs to work, a company … [Read more...]

U.S. offshore renewable energy industry: Big brother is watching you

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The big brother of offshore, BOEMRE, today said that it has partnered with the National Research Council's Marine Board to conduct a study on regulating worker safety in connection with the development of offshore renewable energy on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).  The project, to be completed by July 31, 2012, will play a key role in establishing worker safety requirements … [Read more...]

US To Regulate Offshore Drilling Contractors In ‘Select’ Cases

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WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--U.S. officials are pursuing a relatively narrow approach to regulating offshore drilling contractors and service providers, such as Transocean Ltd. (RIG) and Halliburton Co. (HAL), after reviewing their scope of authority over such companies in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon spill. Speaking to lawmakers in recent weeks, the head of the U.S. Bureau … [Read more...]

BOEMRE raises fines for offshore violations

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WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The Interior Department is asking Congress to increase fines for oil and natural gas companies that break offshore drilling laws, with one Interior official saying current fines are more of a "trivial nuisance than an effective deterrent." The department urged Congress to take this step while announcing a modest increase to existing fines to reflect … [Read more...]

BOEMRE Issues Guidance For Reporting the Effects of Hurricanes and Tropical Storms


As the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season gets under way, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) today issued its annual guidance to offshore operators on reporting tropical storm and hurricane effects on oil and gas operations, and the specific information to be included in the various reports required by BOEMRE. These requirements are explained … [Read more...]