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Virginia Beach NAACP rallies behind Rep. Rigell offshore drilling bill

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The Virginia Beach chapter of the NAACP threw its support this week behind federal legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Virginia Beach, to lift the moratorium on drilling for natural gas and oil in the state's coastal waters. Rigell's ...

The business case for wind power: Opinion

People sometimes ask why an Internet company like Google has chosen to invest in the Atlantic Wind Connection — a multi-billion-dollar electric transmission “backbone” designed to carry power from offshore wind farms. The answer is simple: At Google ...

Deepwater Horizon incident reporting transitioning to National Response Center

Offshore staff NEW ORLEANS – The Deepwater Horizon Gulf Coast Incident Management Team is going back to National Response Center reporting. This is part of the National Contingency Plan and should cover the coastlines of Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi by mid-June. The function of the […]

Obama officials face tough questions on oil drilling, land access

And she noted that despite the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster — and a five-month ban on some offshore drilling that followed — “there are now more floating rigs operating in the Gulf of Mexico” than before the spill. Murkowski acknowledged the ... FuelFix

Interior official hears wide range of input on oil drilling in Arctic

Anchorage — Against the backdrop of Royal Dutch Shell's troubled 2012 attempt to drill in the Arctic Ocean, a top Interior official -- and former Alaskan -- heard the gamut of views Thursday about whether and how oil companies can safely drill ...

Last Cuban offshore oil project ending for now

A Russian oil company using a Norwegian-owned drilling rig is temporarily pulling out of Cuban waters without finding any significant sources of crude, but industry watchers say it is too soon to dismiss Cuba's offshore energy potential. The Songa ...

PHOTOS: State-of-the-art platform prepares for Gulf of Mexico Journey

INGLESIDE — Royal Dutch Shell is about to move a mountain, towing its new state-of-the-art Olympus platform for duty in the Gulf of Mexico’s deep water. The Olympus, designed to operate in water depths of 3,000 to 5,000 feet, will be Shell’s sixth tension leg […]

New oil spill response system is leaner- even at 50 tons

At 50 tons and 30 feet tall, the smaller capping stack in the Marine Well Containment Co.’s arsenal still isn’t exactly tiny. But this newest offering, announced on Wednesday, is designed to be more easily used in smaller spaces, where bigger capping stacks would be a tight […]

US Coast Guard, BSEE to regulate mobile offshore drilling units

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the US Coast Guard have announced they will be joining hands to effectively regulate ...

First US offshore wind lease auction to be held in July

Yesterday, the US Department of Interior announced that it would hold its first-ever competitive auction for offshore wind leases. The auction will take place at the end of July and provide companies with access to two sites situated south of Newport ... Ars Technica
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