In a letter sent to Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke today on the development of a new 2019-2024 offshore energy leasing program, 118 U.S. House Republicans and 1 U.S. House Democrat (Gene Green [TX]) urged the government to “fully consider all OCS lands, including those not part of the current [leasing] program, to ensure opportunities are […]
Thirty-six members of the U.S. Senate today sent a letter to Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke urging him to “carefully review” areas not included in the 2017-2022 OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program “to ensure that opportunities are not missed,” adding that the development of the new 2019-2024 program will “provide a meaningful review to guarantee that the offshore leasing program contributes […]
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today announced its conditional approval of Eni’s plan to drill into federal waters in the Beaufort Sea from a pre-existing gravel island in Alaska state waters. Eni’s proposed activities would involve the use of four exploration wells, two mainbores, and two sidetracks, with drilling commencing on December 10, 2017 and […]
During an oversight hearing on “Evaluating Federal Offshore Oil and Gas Development on the Outer Continental Shelf” held today, the U.S. House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources heard from witnesses regarding access to the nation’s offshore oil and gas resources. In addition to Acting Asst. Interior Sec. for Land and Minerals Management Katharine […]
During a speech on “Unleashing American Energy” at the U.S. Department of Energy, President Trump on Thursday announced a series of actions designed to achieve American energy dominance, including creating a new offshore oil and gas leasing program in which “America will be allowed to access the vast energy wealth located right off our shores.” In conjunction with the speech, […]
The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today announced the results of Cook Inlet Lease Sale 244 held earlier in the day in Anchorage, AK. Hilcorp Alaska submitted over $3 million in high bids for 14 tracts covering over 76,000 acres. Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke’s Counselor for Energy Policy Vincent DeVito called the lease sale “the latest […]
The global news RT reported today that Moscow is looking to add early detection elements to a radar detection station due to the US nuclear submarines off the Northern coast of Norway, and use the detection to further understand the Arctic for increasing Russian border protection.
Radio Canada International reported today that Canada participated in the EU meeting on Arctic policy not only to join forces on Arctic sustainability and environment, but also to bolster free-trade negotiations with the EU.
Today, The Guardian reported that the Global Seed Vault built 130m inside a mountain in the arctic will undergo upgrades to its ‘failsafe’ technology due to water from melting permafrost seeping inside the vault. The millions of seeds inside were not ruined, however, the vault will be under continuous watch until the upgrades are complete.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today announced that it is seeking comments on an Exploration Plan submitted by Eni to drill into federal waters in the Beaufort Sea from a pre-existing gravel island in Alaska state waters. Eni’s proposed activities would involve the use of four exploration wells, two mainbores, and two sidetracks, with drilling […]