Comments Sought on Potential Changes to Financial Assurance Requirements

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management recently announced its issuance of an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding its consideration of modernizing the agency’s risk management program and bonding regulations for offshore oil and gas operations.  Comments are due by Monday, Oct. 20. The announcement notes that BOEM’s existing regulations are ~20 years… More »


Date Set for Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has announced that BOEM will hold Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 238 in New Orleans, LA on Wednesday, August 20. The lease sale will offer ~4,026 blocks covering ~21.6 million acres in federal waters located 9-250 miles offshore Texas and Louisiana in water depths ranging from… More »


BOEM Issues Atlantic Seismic Decision

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management recently announced its issuance of a Record of Decision that will provide a framework under which it will consider permit applications or other proposed authorizations for geological and geophysical activities throughout the Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic Planning Areas. Mitigation measures include vessel strike avoidance measures, special closure… More »


BOEM Extends Two Notices to Gulf of Mexico Lessees and Operators

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management recently issued a Notice to Lessees and Operators of Gulf of Mexico OCS oil, gas, and sulphur leases extending NTL 2008-G04 (providing guidance on information requirements for exploration plans and development operations coordination documents) and 2008-G05 (describing the shallow hazards program) through Dec. 31, 2014. The two NTL’s… More »