U.S. Department of the Interior announces new five year offshore wind leasing program

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland used the Oceantic Network’s 2024 International Partnering Forum, currently under way in New Orleans, to announce a new five-year offshore wind leasing program and to report that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) have finalized updated regulations for renewable energy development on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

Interior says that the final rule increases certainty and...


Court orders BOEM to hold GoM Lease Sale 261 the way Congress directed

The State of Louisiana, the American Petroleum Institute, Chevron USA Inc. and Shell Offshore have been granted a preliminary injunction in response to their law suit challenging conditions in BOEM’s Final Notice of Sale for Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale 261.

The Final Notice of Sale covered significantly reduced acreage than in the proposed notice of sale announced back in March (67 million acres as opposed to 73.4 million). It also placed severe restrictions on oil and gas vessel...


BOEM opens Virtual Archaeology Museum

The Virtual Archaeology Museum displays video, detailed three-dimensional (3D) models, and mosaic maps of shipwrecks from the 19th and 20th centuries. BOEM photo

The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is pleased to announce the opening of its Virtual Archaeology Museum, which displays video, detailed three-dimensional (3D) models, and mosaic maps of shipwrecks from the 19th and 20th centuries. Discovered by BOEM in the course of underwater research and oil and gas exploration, these shipwrecks are important submerged cultural resources that provide a unique window into our collective history.

With technological advances...


Gulf lease sale attracts $244 million in high bids

Chevron teamed up with Fieldwood for the lease sale bidding process. Chevron photo.

Yesterday’s Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 252 generated $244 million in high bids for 227 tracts covering 1.26 million acres in federal waters of the Gulf. Thirty companies took part in the lease sale, submitting almost $284 million in total bids, Department of the Interior officials said.

The lease sale included 14,699 unleased blocks, located from three to 231 miles offshore, in the Gulf’s western, central and eastern planning areas in water depths ranging from 9′ to more than 11,115′ (three to...


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