News & Updates

Why Environmentalists Should Support Oil Exploration In Alaska's Arctic Waters

May 30, 2012 (Forbes) I never figured I’d end up siding with the oil company.

Earthquake 'swarm' rattles Arkansas town and its residents

December 14, 2010 (CNN). The Arkansas Geological Survey is trying to unravel a mystery: What is causing earthquakes in the town of Guy, Arkansas?

Ausbrooks says the state Geological Survey has no idea whether the current swarm is a natural or man-made event, but his office is seriously exploring the latter. "We see no relation to the drilling in the area, but we haven't ruled out a connection to the salt water disposal wells," he said.

US Senate Bill to Boost BOEM Inspection Staff

December 14, 2010 (Platts) US Senate Democrats on Tuesday introduced a $1.2 trillion omnibus spending bill that would double the Department of Interior's Outer Continental Shelf drilling inspection staff and significantly boost the Department of Energy's ability to finance nuclear and clean coal projects.  

U.S. Clarifies Rules on Offshore Work

December 14, 2010 ( Clarification on the guidelines for oil and gas exploration on the U.S. outer continental shelf supports safety and environmental issues, federal regulators say.

Confusion Reigns Over Arctic Drilling Moratorium

December 11, 2010 (Alan Bailey - Petroleum News) Court testimony presents contradictory views of whether or not the Department of the Interior imposed and Arctic OCS drilling moratorium after the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  

API provides expanded online access to its safety standards

October 28, 2010 (API). As part of its ongoing commitment to encourage transparency and safe performance in the oil and natural gas industry, the American Petroleum Institute made available to the public today over 160 key industry standards

ND to have record oil production this year

October 27, 2010 (James MacPherson, Associated Press). North Dakota's oil patch is on pace to shatter last year's record oil production by about 30 million barrels, according to an Associated Press analysis confirmed by a state official.

States split over GHG regulations

October 27, 2010 (PennEnergy). States are split over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Jan. 2, 2011 implementation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions regulations from stationary sources under provisions of the Clean Air Act.

BOEM Director Bromwich on Aggressive Reforms

October 19, 2010 ( BOEM Director Michael Bromwich delivered the keynote address at the International Regulators Forum Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Offshore Drilling Inspection Staff to Grow by 200, Agency Director Says

October 19, 2010 (David Hammer, The Times-Picayune) Michael Bromwich, director of the Interior Department's new Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, is seeking to hire 200 new inspectors to oversee offshore oil and gas drilling.