On Tuesday, a coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit regarding the US Interior Department’s decision to ease safety rules put in place by the Obama administration in the aftermath of the fatal 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced that he has signed legislation his administration introduced with the support of legislative advocates, authorizing the development of offshore wind in Connecticut. Now, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) plans to begin the RFP process immediately.
Wells drilled horizontally into tight oil and shale gas formations continue to account for an increasing share of crude oil and natural gas production in the US, according to EIA. In 2004, horizontal wells accounted for about 15% of US crude oil production in tight oil formations.
After the Senate passed a bill to purchase 2GW of the renewable energy source, Connecticut announced that it will join New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts in constructing a $70 billion offshore industry, along the Atlantic seaboard.
OceanBased Perpetual Energy agreed to develop the world’s largest commercial ocean current energy project. The deal was signed with Florida Atlantic University’s Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Centre, focusing off Florida, to install hundreds of megawatts of ocean current generating equipment.
The US House Appropriations Committee has called for a one-year Department of Defense study of the impact of offshore wind turbines. The Committee believes that these turbines, when arranged in large arrays, may interfere with radars, while the vibrations generated by the operation of turbines may cause sonic interference to underwater sonar as well.
The US drilling rig count reduced by one unit, reaching 987, according to Baker Hughes. In addition, for the the week that ended in May 17, the US had 22 rigs working. In comparison to the same period last year, there are 59 units less, as the rig count last year was 1,046. Ohio experienced the largest increase in rigs with a 4, reaching 20. Wyoming’s rig count rose by 3, Louisiana gained 2, and finally New Mexico gained one unit and now has 103 rigs operating.
US Rep. Diana DeGette introduced legislation to reduce the large amounts of methane pollution and waste that are being released into the atmosphere each year by oil and gas producers across the country. The bill would mandate oil and gas producers to capture 85% of all gas produced on public lands within three years of enactment, and 99% of all gas produced on such lands within five years of enactment.
Graphic Products’ Alison Warner designed an infographic presenting all the dangers that are lying behind the oil and gas industry. The equipment, the flammable chemicals and high pressures can easily result to fatal accidents. The oil and gas industry is amongst the most dangerous jobs in America, this is why it has one of the most thorough safety training programs.
According to EIA, the number of drilled, yet uncompleted wells in seven important oil and natural gas production areas in the US has seen an important increase the last two years. The rise was up to 8,504 wells in February 2019. March’s recent count was at 8,500 wells in March 2019, experiencing a 26% increase in comparison to March 2018.
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