The U.S. Government Just Released an Incredibly Detailed Map of the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has released a 1.4 billion pixel map of the deepwater Gulf of Mexico that is up to 50 times more detailed than any map that has been pubicly released of the area. The new Northern Gulf of Mexico deepwater bathymetry grid was created using 3D seismic surveys covering an area of 90,000 square miles and defines the precise water depth of … [Read more...]

U.S. Moves to Develop Wind Energy Projects Off California and New York

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has made two major steps recently in the development of offshore wind energy projects in federal waters off the coasts of New York and California.  On Wednesday, BOEM announced its first step toward potential leasing for commercial wind energy development off California, completing an initial review of an … [Read more...]

U.S. Proposes Stricter Air Standards On Offshore Oil and Gas Operations

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is proposing to update 36-year-old regulations to make sure that offshore oil and gas activities do not significantly harm the air quality of any state in the U.S. The proposed rules, targeting operations in the Western and Central Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic, are aimed at reducing emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), … [Read more...]

U.S. Issues Proposed Rules for Safety of Arctic Drilling Offshore Alaska

The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) have released proposed regulations that they say will ensure the safety of future exploratory drilling activities in the U.S. Arctic by holding operators accountable over the full spectrum of operations from mobilization to drilling and emergency response. The … [Read more...]