Oil Spill-Containment Companies: So can we operate in Cuban waters?

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--Several U.S. companies are asking the Obama administration for permission to respond to potential oil spills in Cuban waters, a top offshore drilling regulator said Wednesday, hoping to overcome embargo restrictions that currently limit their ability to do so. The companies' requests coincide with a growing concern among oil-industry experts who say … [Read more...]

International Officials To Discuss Supporting Oil Spill Containment Tech

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--International officials will meet in Washington April 14 to discuss promoting "cutting-edge technologies" for containing a spill at a deep-water oil well, the U.S. Interior Department said Monday. Officials from 13 nations and the European Union along with oil and gas industry representatives and non-governmental organizations have been invited to a … [Read more...]

Helix Oil Spill Group Expanding Reach To Stop Runaway Wells

Image: Helix's HRFS diagram courtesy Helix (click image to enlarge) HOUSTON (Dow Jones)--The Helix Well Containment Group will nearly double the depth at which it can contain out-of-control offshore oil and gas wells by mid summer, the consortium of oil companies said Wednesday. Currently the spill containment consortium's system--one of two developed by the industry in … [Read more...]

Helix group responds to BOEMRE’s clarifications on spill containment rules

On Tuesday, March 29, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) issued several refinements to deepwater drilling rules and subsea well containment procedures. In response to concerns from operating companies, the BOEMRE has addressed contradictions in permitting requirements that arose from adopting the American Petroleum Institute's … [Read more...]

W&T Offshore and Stone Energy join Helix Well Containment Group

The Helix Well Containment Group (HWCG) announces W&T Offshore, Inc. (and its wholly owned subsidiary W & T Energy VI, LLC) and Stone Energy Corporation have joined the organization, increasing its membership to 22 deepwater oil and gas operators. HWCG is a consortium of deepwater operators in the Gulf of Mexico who have come together with the common goal of … [Read more...]