September 2015 Fracking Report

New this month: Colorado: The Colorado Supreme Court will hear cases challenging local fracking restrictions in Longmont and Fort Collins. Florida: Several bills have been filed in the Florida state legislature in preparation for the 2016 legislative session.  SB 166 calls for a statewide fracking ban, while HB 191 seeks to limit local control of… More »

Ocean Exploration Advisory Board to Hold Public Meeting

NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research has announced that the Ocean Exploration Advisory Board (Board) will hold a public meeting on October 1-2 in Narragansett, RI. Board members will discuss and provide advice on Federal ocean exploration programs, with a particular emphasis on NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research activities, including the U.S…. More »

BSEE Conducts Pre-Production Inspection and Training Exercise

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement recently announced the agency’s completion of a pre-production inspection and training exercise involving Anadarko’s Heidelberg platform in Ingleside, Texas.  BSEE notes that the inspection team verified that all safety and production processes were in place according to federal regulations.

BSEE Director Inquires on Potential Merits of Additional BOP Requirements

In a letter that responds to a Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Investigation Report on a Gulf of Mexico loss of well control event and fire,  BSEE Director Brian Salerno has requested that the agency address items of immediate concern over the next 45 days and address more complex matters over the next 6… More »