BOEM Continues to Process Atlantic Seismic Permits Despite Drilling Plan Halt

By Valerie Volcovici and Nichola Groom April 29 (Reuters) - The U.S. Interior Department is still processing permit applications for companies to conduct seismic testing in the Atlantic - a precursor to drilling - despite shelving its plan to vastly expand offshore drilling, a spokeswoman said on Monday. Atlantic coastal state lawmakers, businesses and conservation groups … [Read more...]

Trump Drive to Boost Fossil Fuels Hits a Wall in Federal Courts

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Bloomberg) -- From easing regulations on coal mining to opening more federal land to oil drillers, President Donald Trump has kept a laser focus on bolstering the U.S. fossil fuel industry to achieve what he calls “energy dominance.” Time and time again, federal judges have gotten in the way. The latest setback came April 19, when a judge ruled … [Read more...]

Trump Administration Sidelines Offshore Drilling Plan After Court Ruling

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON, April 25 (Reuters) - The Trump administration's plans to expand offshore drilling are on hold after a March court ruling blocked drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt told the Wall Street Journal. The newly-confirmed secretary in an article published on Thursday said the agency's five-year plan for oil and … [Read more...]

South Carolina Budget Proposal Would Block Offshore Drilling Off State

By Valerie Volcovici April 17 (Reuters) - South Carolina's Republican-majority Senate is poised to advance a measure this week that would require the state to block new infrastructure to transport or process offshore oil and gas as state lawmakers fear the Interior Department will open the Atlantic coast to offshore drilling. Republican State Senator Chip Campsen introduced … [Read more...]

U.S. Judge Strikes Down Trump Order Opening Arctic, Atlantic Areas to Oil and Gas Leasing

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, March 30 (Reuters) - A federal judge in Alaska has overturned U.S. President Donald Trump’s attempt to open vast areas of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans to oil and gas leasing. The decision issued late Friday by U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason leaves intact President Barack Obama’s policies putting the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea, part of the Arctic’s … [Read more...]