U.S. House Passes Comprehensive Energy Legislation

In a 229-185 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 4899 (“Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act of 2014”). The bill in part would expand U.S. offshore oil and gas production (including through required lease sales in Virginia, South Carolina, and Southern California), expand revenue-sharing to states outside the… More »


USCG Proposes Revision to Oil Spill Response Exercise Schedule

The Coast Guard recently announced that it is seeking comments on its proposal to revise the National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program schedule to conduct area exercises on 4-year rather than 3-year cycles.  Comments are due by Friday, September 5. Since 1994, the Coast Guard has held the exercises once every 3 years.  The Coast… More »


Shipping Coordinating Committee to Hold Public Meeting

The State Department has announced that the Shipping Coordinating Committee will hold an open meeting on Thursday, July 10 in Washington, DC to prepare for the 1st Session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Subcommittee on Implementation of IMO Instruments to be held in London July 14-18. According to the announcement, agenda items to be considered relate to topics including casualty analysis and statistics, mandatory… More »