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Greece Initiates Offshore Oil and Gas Tender Process

Posted in Energy

Greece has initiated its tender process for offshore oil and gas (hydrocarbons) exploration as of August 26, 2014. The Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change is seeking bid applications for its offshore oil and gas exploration in 20 block areas in the Ionian Sea and south of Crete. The Greek government is hoping… Continue Reading

BOEM Five Year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program Under Attack

Posted in Energy, Offshore Oil

The Center for Sustainable Economy, a non-profit public interest consulting firm, filed a lawsuit today against the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in an attempt to halt that agency’s first approved five-year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program since the BP oil spill. The Program, which establishes a schedule for 2012-2017… Continue Reading

BOEM Finding Advances Development of Mid-Atlantic Offshore Wind Farm; But Tailwinds are Behind Faster Moving Gulf Coast Projects in State Waters

Posted in Energy, Offshore Wind

On May 14, 2012, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced a finding of “no competitive interest” with regard to a proposed right-of-way grant area off the Mid-Atlantic coast for construction of an offshore wind energy transmission line. While BOEM’s decision represents a key step forward for this federal offshore wind farming project, two fast-moving… Continue Reading

Pressure on Hydraulic Fracturing Operations Continues to Rise

Posted in Energy, Hydraulic Fracturing

With 2011 in the rearview, businesses all over the country are looking forward to fresh start in 2012.  But the opportunity to start fresh will elude natural gas producers partaking in hydraulic fracturing operations, as recent events in Ohio have caused additional uproar concerning the practice.  On December 30, 2011, Ohio state officials ordered the… Continue Reading

EPA links hydraulic fracturing with groundwater contamination

Posted in Energy, Hydraulic Fracturing, Marine Services

Last month, I looked at the EPA’s November 2011 plan to study the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources and the implications of that plan for oil and gas producers. A new draft report issued by the EPA may be an early indicator that the EPA will, indeed, find that hydraulic fracturing… Continue Reading

EPA proposes new vessel general permits–let the games begin.

Posted in Energy, Marine Services, Maritime Contracts, Ports & Cargo Shipping

The EPA issued drafts of two vessel general permits seeking to regulate discharge from commercial vessels (military and recreational vessels are excluded) on November 30. The draft permits – (1) Vessel General Permit for Discharges Incidental to The Normal Operation of Vessels (VGP) and (2) Small Vessel General Permit for Discharges Incidental to The Normal… Continue Reading

Coast Guard proposes changes to Inspection of Towing Vessels regulations

Posted in Energy, Maritime Contracts, Offshore Oil, Ports & Cargo Shipping

The U.S. Coast Guard has proposed significant changes to the regulations concerning the Inspection of Towing Vessels and arguably eliminating the class of vessels formerly known as uninspected towing vessels.  The Coast Guard has established a deadline of December 9, 2011, to receive public comments, which can be made at the following link:  www.regulations.gov and… Continue Reading

Competing Interests Collide Over Proposed New Legislation for Oil and Gas Rigs and Vessels

Posted in Energy, Maritime Contracts, Offshore Oil

Rep. Jeff Landry (R-LA) has added a provision to the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2011, currently under consideration in Congress, which would require the owner/operator of any offshore rig or vessel engaged in drilling, plugging and abandoning or workover operations to maintain a standby rescue vessels within 3 nautical miles. The provision… Continue Reading

EPA Studies Effects of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources – Should Oil and Gas Producers Be Concerned?

Posted in Energy

On November 3, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a plan to study potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources.  The study, which is being conducted pursuant to Congress’s request, will focus on the effect of hydraulic fracturing in shale formations on drinking water sources during the five stages of the… Continue Reading