NMFS Proposes Authorization for Research-related Seismic Survey Offshore North Carolina

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) recently announced that it is seeking comments by Tuesday, Sept. 2 regarding its proposal to issue an incidental harassment authorization to Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory to take 24 species of marine mammals by Level B harassment while conducting a 2-D seismic survey in waters located 10-262 miles offshore Cape… More »

U.S. Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Benefits of Domestic Energy Production

Before Congress broke for the August recess, U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Mary Landrieu (D-LA) convened a hearing on “Leveraging America’s Natural Resources as a Revenue Generator and Job Creator.” Among other things, Sen. Landrieu called for expanding energy revenue-sharing to all coastal states with offshore production, lifting the $500 million cap… More »

Poll: Voters Strongly Support U.S. Offshore Oil and Gas Development

A Harris telephone poll of 1,012 registered voters has found that 77% of respondents support increased domestic oil and gas production, with 68% supporting offshore drilling in particular. In addition, 63% responded that the federal government does not do enough to encourage domestic oil and gas development, while 68% said they would be more likely… More »

BSEE Holds Unannounced Spill Drill in Gulf of Mexico

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) recently announced its completion of a 1-day unannounced Gulf of Mexico oil spill drill conducted with Murphy Exploration and Production Company. The exercise involved a loss of well control 75 miles offshore Louisiana, with an incident command center used in Slidell and oil skimming equipment… More »