Dept of Interior Releases Scathing Report on Shell’s 2012 Arctic Program

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on Thursday released the findings of a Departmental review of Shell’s troubled 2012 Arctic operations, painting a scathing picture of Shell and its inability to oversee and manage key components of its arctic program. In January, Secretary Salazar directed the high-level review of Shell’s 2012 offshore drilling program … [Read more...]

US Interior Secretary To Step Down, Offshore Stakeholders Appear Happily Anxious

WASHINGTON, DC – After 4 challenging years managing the natural resources of the United States, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced his plans to leave the Department by the end of March. “I have had the privilege of reforming the Department of the Interior to help lead the United States in securing a new energy frontier, ushering in a conservation … [Read more...]

Cape Wind Project receives approval to begin construction

WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) has approved a Construction and Operations Plan (COP) submitted for the Cape Wind Energy Project, which is required before construction may begin on the generation facility planned in Nantucket Sound. The timeframe reported … [Read more...]

US: BP Has No Deal For Deepwater Drilling In Gulf -Reuters

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Monday rejected media reports that BP PLC (BP, BP.LN) has struck a deal to resume deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico a year after the worst oil spill in U.S. history, Reuters reported. According to some reports, BP is in talks with Washington to restart drilling at existing fields following the blast on the Deepwater Horizon rig … [Read more...]

DOI report shows two-thirds of offshore leases in Gulf of Mexico lie idle

A report requested by President Obama and released today by the Department of the Interior shows that more than two-thirds of offshore leases in the Gulf of Mexico and more than half of onshore leases on federal lands remain idle, neither producing nor under active exploration and development by companies who hold those leases. “We continue to support safe and … [Read more...]