On May 2, the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement released the final improved Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control regulations. BSEE’s final Well Control Rule claims that it removes unnecessary regulatory burdens to responsible offshore development while maintaining safety and environmental protection.
The US Department of Energy announced up to $39 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development projects in order to improve oil and natural gas technologies. Selected projects will fall under two DOE Office of Fossil Energy funding opportunity announcements. The National Energy Technology Laboratory will manage the projects under both FOAs.
On Wednesday, South Carolina’s Senate advanced a measure that would require the state to block new infrastructure to transport or process offshore oil and gas. This comes as state lawmakers fear the Interior Department will open the Atlantic coast to offshore drilling.
The state of Maryland in the US passed the Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2019. This Act aims to incentivize the creation of 1.2 GW of additional offshore wind energy off the coast of Maryland. New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey have taken similar measures as well. US Wind Country Manager Salvo Vitale called for the passage of the legislation, claiming that it will lead to important economic benefits.
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on offshore wind development. Dutch Consul General Dolph Hogewoning and BOEM Acting Director Walter Cruikshank signed the agreement on 8 April at the Consulate General of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in New York.
In recent years the US Department of Energy established an ambitious plan to grow the US offshore wind sector. However, in a new paper, Yale researchers make the case that it might not be as easy as it seems. Creating a domestic program to build and install offshore wind turbines would create a complex web, raising questions of natural resource consumption.
US Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 256 into law, creating a new line of defense against offshore oil and gas drilling. The bipartisan bill makes permanent a moratorium on oil and gas leasing in Oregon’s Territorial Sea that had been set to expire in 2020.
US legislators from the state of Maryland have introduced a bill that would allow at least 1,200MW of additional offshore wind capacity to be built by 2030. If passed, the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2019 (S.B. 516) would require 50% of energy supply to come from renewable energy sources by 2030.
US could open up portions of the Atlantic to oil and gas drilling is spite of opposition from East Coast states, a US Interior Department official said during remarks at a recent energy industry conference. This comes at a time when the US is preparing to announce a five-year drilling plan proposal that could expand available acreage, and enhance US oil, gas and coal production.
The US Office of Design and Engineering Standards issued Change 1 to CG-ENG Policy Letter 02-12, ‘Acceptance of the 2009 MODU Code.’ The 2009 Mobile Offshore Drilling Units Code was amended several times since its adoption. The most recent amendments include updated design and equipment requirements that derive from the findings of the Deepwater Horizon casualty investigation.
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