Abigail Ross Hopper Named BOEM Director
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today named Abigail Ross Hopper as the Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which manages the development of our nation’s conventional and renewable energy and marine mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf. Hopper currently serves as the Director of the Maryland Energy Administration and will assume her new position on January 5, 2015, as the second director in BOEM's history. Hopper will take the helm from Acting Director Dr.
BOEM Proposes Eastern Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale
As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible domestic energy production, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced that it will hold Gulf of Mexico Eastern Planning Area oil and gas lease sale 225 in New Orleans on March 19, 2014, immediately following the proposed Central Planning Area (CPA) Sale 231. Proposed Sale 225 is the first lease sale proposed for the Eastern Planning Area under the 2012 – 2017 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Natural Gas Leasing Program…
NOIA President Congratulates Beaudreau on Nomination
National Ocean Industries Association President Randall Luthi issued the following statement on the nomination of Tommy Beaudreau to be the next DOI Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget: “NOIA congratulates Tommy Beaudreau on his nomination to serve as the next Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget. We thank him for service and leadership as Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and as acting ASLM and look forward to continued communication and collaboration on offshore issues as he as he moves through the confirmation process.”
NOIA President Comments on Schneider's DOI Nomination
“It is the prerogative of the President and Secretary to nominate whomever they choose, but there are many unanswered questions about how Janice Schneider will regulate the offshore energy industry. He added, “That being said, many of our members are disappointed that Tommy Beaudreau was not nominated. He came to the Department of the Interior during a difficult time, but over the last two years he earned the reputation for being willing to listen and learn about industry concerns. I wish him the very best as he returns his full attention to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
Interior Officials Convene Safety Meeting
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director James Watson and Acting Assistant Secretary for Lands and Minerals Management Tommy Beaudreau convened a meeting today in Houston, Texas, with senior executives from the offshore oil and gas industry to continue the dialogue on improving safety in offshore operations, particularly in shallow water in the Gulf of Mexico. The meeting follows three loss of well control incidents in shallow water operations since February.
Shell's Arctic Operations: US Government Launches Probe
Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salaza, launches review of the 2012 offshore drilling program in the Beaufort & Chukchi Seas. The expedited, high-level assessment of the 2012 offshore drilling program in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas is to review practices and identify challenges as well as lessons learned. The review, which is expected to be completed within 60 days, will pay special attention to challenges that Shell encountered in connection with certification of its containment vessel…
BOEM Approves First BP Exploration Plan in GOM
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) approved a supplemental Exploration Plan (EP) submitted by BP for deepwater oil and gas activities. BOEM conducted a site-specific Environmental Assessment (EA) of the activities described in the plan. This is the 44th plan that has been approved following the completion of a site-specific EA since stronger regulations were implemented in June 2010. Prior to any drilling under the plan, BP must obtain drilling permits from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)…
Secretary Salazar Appoints Bromwich, Beaudreau to Lead New DOI Bureaus
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar named current Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Director Michael R. Bromwich to lead the newly formed Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and current BOEMRE Senior Advisor Tommy P. Beaudreau to lead the newly formed Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). Bromwich and Beaudreau have both been highly involved in the creation of the two new bureaus, as well as the Department’s efforts to strengthen the oversight of offshore oil and gas exploration and development.