Archived News - April 2016

Balance needed in new drilling rules – Opinions The oil industry has fretted for months about the U.S. Interior Department’s expected rule changes for drilling. The industry says the new rules could cost oil companies billions of dollars and could mean the loss of more than 100,000 jobs. The Interior Department estimates the cost of compliance at less than $1 billion [...]

Well-control rule the latest threat to oil and gas

By:  Karl Gommell, The Times of Houma-Thibodaux   The sword of federal regulation hanging over the oil-and-gas industry’s head has finally come down. The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced that it has finalized its well-control rule, a regulation meant to improve safety in offshore oil exploration in the [...]

Will proposed oil drilling rules cut coastal cash?

By:  Jacob Batte,   Industry advocates and politicians say they are concerned that newly proposed federal rules aimed at making offshore drilling safer could cut the amount of oil revenue headed to Louisiana for coastal restoration. The U.S. Interior Department published the so-called well control rule last week, nearly six years after the catastrophic [...]

Activists call for end to new oil drilling at federal leasing meeting in New Orleans

By:  Jennifer Larino,   A routine public meeting over future plans for oil and gas leasing in the Gulf of Mexico transformed into a lively debate Monday (April 18) after environmental activists marched into the room and called for an end to new drilling. Close to a dozen regional business leaders also organized to [...]

GEST Champions Gulf of Mexico Energy Production and American Energy Workers at Consumer Energy Alliance Event

By: Gulf Economic Survival Team   View/Print/Share as pdf (NEW ORLEANS) Gulf Economic Survival Team Director Lori LeBlanc today advocated for continued energy production in the Gulf of Mexico and support of American energy workers who fuel this nation during a news conference hosted by the Consumer Energy Alliance. The media event was held ahead [...]

Offshore drilling opponents take chants into federal meeting

By:  Janet Mcconnaughey, Associated Press on   KENNER, La. (AP) — About 50 opponents of continued oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico rallied on a suburban New Orleans sidewalk Monday, then brought their chants into a federal open house about potential impacts of continuing the lease program for five more years. “Today we [...]

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