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 »

Updated Draft of Revised National PREP Guidelines to be Released for Public Comment

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has announced that the National Scheduling Coordination Committee (NSCC) is making additional changes to the National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP) Guidelines in order to address public feedback and incorporate guidance related to new regulatory requirements for nontank vessel response plans.  The PREP Guidelines were… More »

BSEE Official Participates in Oil Spill Seminar, Views North Sea Spill Exercise

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) recently announced that BSEE Research Specialist Kristi McKinney traveled in June to speak at the Norwegian Oil Spill Control Association-hosted annual international seminar in Bergen, Norway. While in Norway, McKinney also watched the 2014 Oil on Water Exercise conducted at the Frigg oil field in… More »

Tribal Nominees Sought for U.S. EITI Advisory Committee

The Interior Department has announced that it is seeking nominees representing Tribal governments and individual Indian mineral owners to fill two government sector vacancies on the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Multi-Stakeholder Group Advisory Committee.  Nominations are due by August 31.