Report Cites Offshore O&G Activity as Potential Threat to Birds

The Interior Department recently  announced the release of the 2014 State of the Birds report.  The report, which has been issued annually since 2009, is authored by the 23-member U.S. Committee of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative.  The report includes a “watch list” of 233 species of birds said to be most in need… More »


USCG Proposes Liability Increase for Vessels and Deepwater Ports

The U.S. Coast Guard recently announced that it is seeking comments by Monday, October 20 on its proposal to (1) increase Oil Pollution Act (OPA) liability limits for vessels, deepwater ports, and onshore facilities to reflect inflationary changes; (2) use a simplified regulatory procedure for future inflation-related adjustments; and (3) clarify applicability of OPA vessel… More »


Gulf of Mexico Oil & Gas Lease Sale Nets Nearly $110 Million in High Bids

The Interior Department recently announced the results of Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 238  offshore Texas.  The lease sales garnered ~$110 million in high bids for 81 tracts covering more than ~434,000 acres. Of the 167 blocks available for lease that are located or partially located within 3 statute miles of the maritime and continental… More »


Comments Sought on Revised G&G-related Information Collection Requirement

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has announced that it is seeking comments by Tuesday, October 21 on its intention to seek Office of Management and Budget approval to renew a geological and geophysical exploration-related information collection requirement. BOEM specifically says that the update to form BOEM-0327 (submitted by G&G permit applicants)… More »