NOAA Proposes Permit Approval for Low Energy Research-related Seismic Survey in So. Atlantic

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) recently announced that it is seeking comments by Thursday, Sept. 4 regarding its proposal to issue an incidental harassment authorization to the National Science Foundation and Antarctic Support Contract (on behalf of University of Texas at Austin and University of Memphis) to take 26 species of marine mammals by Level… More »


Safety Alert Issued Following Snake Grip Failure on Drill Line

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has issued a Safety Alert providing operators with six recommendations when installing snake grips on to drill line cables.  The Safety Alert follows an investigation into an incident in which a member of a Gulf of Mexico platform rig work crew was struck with a… More »


Comments Sought on Spill Response Plan-related Information Collection

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it is seeking comments by Tues., Sept. 30 on its intention to seek Office of Management and Budget approval of an Oil Pollution Act Facility Response Plan-related information collection renewal.  The information collection is currently set to expire on Oct. 31. Owners and operators of facilities that are… More »


RESTORE Act Grant Allocations Proposed for Louisiana Parishes

The Treasury Department recently announced that it is seeking comments by Tuesday, Sept. 2 on proposed regulations concerning RESTORE Act amounts available to eligible Louisiana parishes from the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund. Based on a formula that accounts for oiled shoreline, parish population, and parish land mass, the proposed rule allocates a distribution percentage… More »