U.S. Judge Blocks Atlantic Seismic Oil Permitting During Shutdown

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - A federal court judge on Friday ruled that the federal government cannot process seismic testing permits for offshore oil drilling during the ongoing government shutdown, dealing a blow Trump administration's energy agenda. Judge Richard Gergel of the U.S. District Court in South Carolina issued the decision in response to … [Read more...]

After Billion-Barrel Bonanza, BP Goes Global with Seismic Tech

By Ron Bousso LONDON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Buoyed by the success of seismic imaging that found an extra billion barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, BP is looking to take its latest technology to Angola and Brazil. The software used in the Gulf, based on an algorithm created by Xukai Shen, a geophysicist straight out of Stanford University, led to BP discovering the … [Read more...]

Attorneys General Fire New Salvo in Offshore Drilling Fight Off U.S. East Coast

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Bloomberg) -- Attorneys general from nine coastal states are intervening in a lawsuit aimed at blocking seismic surveys that could help pinpoint oil under Atlantic waters but also imperil whales and dolphins. The move brings the heft and resources of top state law enforcement officials to a fight over the future of oil and gas exploration along the … [Read more...]

Conservation Groups Sue Trump Administration Over Atlantic Seismic Surveying

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C., Dec 11 (Reuters) - Environmental groups opposed to offshore drilling sued the federal government on Tuesday to prevent future seismic tests for oil and gas deposits in Atlantic waters off the U.S. East Coast. Seismic testing, which uses air gun blasts, violates federal laws that protect marine mammals, endangered species, and national … [Read more...]

Ghost Ships No More: Seismic Vessels Resume Oil and Gas Search as Prices Perk Up

By Florence Tan and Gavin Maguire SINGAPORE, July 5 (Reuters) - A growing fleet of ships is scanning oceans in search of new oil and gas fields as energy companies, now with more cash thanks to stronger crude prices, gradually resume spending on seismic services after a four-year downturn. A doubling in the area contracted for seismic work in the first quarter this year from … [Read more...]