U.S. Department of Interior to put hold on fracking permits offshore California

SANTA BARBARA, California -- The U.S. federal government will not issue new permits for fracking for oil or gas offshore California in the aftermath of a settlement reached in a case brought by the Center for Biological Diversity. READ MORE

Obama tests $10-a-barrel tax for infrastructure, climate change

WASHINGTON D.C. — President Barack Obama has floated a trial balloon on a $10/bbl oil tax to raise $300 billion that would be spent on overhauling the nation’s transportation system, and thereby, reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) and carbon footprint. READ MORE

EPA 2015 environmental enforcement actions target Anadarko, XTO and Noble Energy

SANTA BARBARA, California -- The U.S. federal government will not issue new permits for fracking for oil or gas offshore California in the aftermath of a settlement reached in a case brought by the Center for Biological Diversity. READ MORE

BSEE, U.S. Coast Guard to jointly regulate floating facilities

WASHINGTON D.C. — This agreement ensures a coordinated approach in the regulation of these facilities by clearly outlining the responsibilities of each agency for inspection and oversight of systems and sub-systems. READ MORE

Democrats introduce legislation to keep fossil fuels “in the ground”

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Congressman Jared Huffman (D-California) has introduced the ‘Keep it in the Ground Act’, legislation intended to reduce carbon emissions by permanently barring new fossil fuel leases on all federal public lands and in federal waters. READ MORE

Ex-BP rig supervisor found not guilty of Macondo pollution charge

NEW ORLEANS -- A Federal jury has declared former BP rig supervisor Robert Kaluza not guilty of a single misdemeanor charge of violating the Clean Water Act. READ MORE

Regulators confirm seal of leaking Aliso Canyon well

LOS ANGELES — A California regulatory agency has confirmed that the leaking Aliso Canyon well facility has been permanently sealed and taken out of service. READ MORE

BSEE issues Safety Alert on connector and bolt failures

WASHINGTON D.C. -- BSEE has issued a safety alert on "recurring problem of connector and bolt failures" in risers and subsea blowout preventers. READ MORE

Oklahoma state agency takes actions to reduce earthquake risks

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma state agenciey is reducing oil and gas wastewater injected by Arbuckle disposal wells. READ MORE

EPA to extend methane cuts to existing oil and gas facilities

WASHINGTON D.C. – EPA has announced new steps to reduce methane emissions from the oil and natural gas sector. READ MORE

Obama reverses course on Atlantic Coast drilling

WASHINGTON D.C. – Faced with opposition from coastal communities, President Obama has withdrawn the U.S. Department of Interior’s plans to open oil and gas drilling off the southeast Atlantic coast. READ MORE

BOEM to toughen offshore oil and gas emissions

WASHINGTON D.C. – BOEM has proposed air quality regulations that will more accurately account for emissions from offshore oil and gas activity. READ MORE