Energy

Southeast
Energy

Poll: Oil drilling near the beach is not popular in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, SC - Not only do most South Carolina residents oppose oil drilling off the coast, but they also are against blasting the ocean with loud noises to locate petroleum deposits, a new Winthrop poll says.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

Revisiting features of the Exxon Valdez oil spill

Considering future impacts of oil and vessel distress in Alaska marine water

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Shell building new $20 million facilities in Houma

Shell Oil is continuing its investment in the Terrebonne and Lafourche region with the construction of two new facilities in Houma.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Region-wide gulf lease sale yields $244.3 million in high bids

A cadre of 30 oil and gas producers submitted 257 total bids in Wednesday’s Gulf of Mexico (GOM) region-wide auction, with the Mississippi Canyon drawing the highest bid and a unit of Royal Dutch Shell plc far and away outbidding everybody. Of the 78.5 million acres on offer in Lease Sale 252, BOEM received bids on 1.3 million acres.

Northeast
Energy

Speakers Blast Offshore Seismic Testing

CAPE MAY – Business leaders, Republican and Democratic officials, environmentalists and busloads of high school students gathered at Cape May Convention Hall March 18, in opposition to offshore oil exploration.

Pacific Northwest
Energy

Permanent offshore oil drilling ban OK'd by Oregon lawmakers

SALEM (AP) — Oregon state lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a permanent offshore oil drilling ban as the Trump administration forges ahead with a plan that could open up the Pacific coast for petroleum exploration and extraction.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale Set for August

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has proposed an August 2019 region-wide oil and gas lease sale for 78 million acres (31.6 million hectares) in all available federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Northeast
Energy

Anbaric Submits 1,200MW Massachusetts Interconnection Request

Anbaric has filed a request with ISO-New England for a 1,200MW HVDC interconnection to a substation in Brayton Point, Massachusetts, that would collect energy produced by offshore wind projects.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

America's New Energy Coast

In the coastal bend of South Texas, the future of the global energy market is being constructed one epic infrastructure project at time.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

FERC issues final EIS for proposed Brownsville Channel LNG project

Construction of Texas Brownsville LNG LLC’s proposed LNG project could result in adverse environmental consequences, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said in a Mar. 15 final environmental impact statement. Impacts would be less than significant if the project sponsor’s proposed impact avoidance, minimization, and mitigation measures and the FERC staff’s additional recommendations are implemented, it added.

Coastwide
Energy

An update on offshore wind: Liz Burdock answers our questions

The U.S. offshore wind industry is expected to grow substantially over the next few years. Several offshore auctions have already taken place, ports have begun restructuring to better serve the market, and the Department of Energy recently announced up to $28 million in funding for offshore wind R&D.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Vast Expansion of Gulf Oil, Gas Leasing

WASHINGTON, D.C. March 13, 2019 – Environmental groups sued the Trump administration today to challenge an oil and gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico that will open up more than 78 million acres to offshore drilling without fully analyzing the risks to people, wildlife or the environment.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

BOEM announces Gulf of Mexico Oil Lease Sale covering 78 million acres

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has proposed to offer 78 million acres for a region-wide lease sale scheduled for August 2019. The sale would include all available unleased areas in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Coastwide
Energy

NOAA proposes CZMA changes to improve offshore leasing process

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that it is proposing possible changes in the Coastal Zone Management Act aimed at making the federal consistency process more efficient across all stages of US Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas projects from leasing through development.

Northeast
Energy

Offshore wind developers court recreational fishing community

Offshore wind energy developers are courting recreational fishermen in the New York Bight, who could gain dozens of new fishing spots around turbine towers, but worry about impacts of the massive projects on traditional fishing grounds.

Northeast
Energy

Connecticut joins suit against testing for offshore drilling

HARTFORD — Connecticut joined seven East Coast states Wednesday in a court motion to stop the Trump administration from using seismic testing to explore the ocean floor for oil and gas.

Coastwide
Energy

President proposes $193.4 million for BOEM

President Donald Trump has proposed a $193.4 million fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget for the Bureau of Ocean Energy and Management (BOEM) to safely and responsibly manage offshore energy and mineral resources.

Coastwide
Energy

Report: BSEE Issued Hundreds of Waivers for Well Safety Rules

The U.S. Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is in the process of rolling back several offshore safety rules that were enacted under the Obama administration-era Well Control Rule. According to a new report by Politico, based on data provided by BSEE, the department has also been issuing hundreds of waivers for some of these rules, even before their repeal. (BSEE asserts that the term "waiver" is inaccurate, and it prefers "alternate compliance.")

Coastwide
Energy

BOEM budget maintains offshore renewables ties

A total of $193m proposed by President Trump for funding the federal agency in the next fiscal year

Southeast
Energy

North Carolina Governor Proposes Offshore Wind Study

North Carolina’s Governor Roy Cooper has set aside USD 1.5 million to boost clean energy and green businesses in the proposed 2019-2021 budget, including a study on North Carolina’s potential to host offshore wind operations and associated jobs.

International
Energy

North Sea Wind Power Hub Gets Royal Treatment

The King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima have reviewed the concept and plans for the North Sea Wind Power Hub (NSWPH) as part of the German-Dutch trade delegation meeting.

International
Energy

Costal territories, sustainable development top Arctic Forum’s agenda

MOSCOW, March 6. /TASS/. Key topics of the upcoming Arctic: Territory of Dialogue forum, due in St. Petersburg on April 9-10, will be Costal Territories, Open Ocean and Sustainable Development, the event’s organizer, Roscongress, said in a press release on Tuesday.

Coastwide
Energy

Garret Graves is picked as top Republican on House climate change committee

WASHINGTON - Louisiana Rep. Garret Graves says he hopes to broaden the focus of a special House committee on climate change as he becomes its top Republican. Graves, who was named to the panel Thursday (Feb. 28), said the current climate debate centers on only part of the equation.

Southeast
Energy

Faith community joins Florida congressman in opposing offshore drilling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Francis Rooney, a former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, cautioned that offshore drilling for oil in Florida’s coastal waters would endanger the state’s tourism-based economy should a major spill occur.

Southeast
Energy

Offshore seismic testing for oil and gas deadline triggers SC request for injunction

Offshore seismic testing opponents are preparing for the worst. The March 1 deadline arrived Friday that federal regulators told a judge would be the earliest that permits could be issued to allow blast-testing for oil and natural gas reserves in the Atlantic, including off South Carolina.