U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)

The partial government shutdown is increasing the chances of delays in U.S. energy initiatives from the release of President Donald Trump’s proposed offshore drilling plan to allowing higher levels of ethanol in gasoline during summer months. Read more


BP has started up the Thunder Horse Northwest Expansion project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico four months ahead of schedule and 15 percent under budget. Shell Offshore Inc., a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc. Read more


Secretary Ryan Zinke

Photo by Tami Heilemann, Interior

Trump did not give a reason for Zinke’s departure. However, the former Navy Seal and ex-congressman from Montana has faced scrutiny of his use of security details, chartered flights and a real estate deal. Read more


U.S. crude oil production in the Federal Gulf of Mexico increased slightly in 2017...The Department of the Interior (DOI) will offer 77.3 million acres offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida...ConocoPhillips has concluded its... Read more


The Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently proposed to revise the 2016 final Waste Prevention Rule, known as the venting and flaring rule, due to its wastefulness, Read more

Refining & Petrochemical Processing

Oil and gas drillers bid on only a tiny fraction of Gulf of Mexico acreage offered on Wednesday in the largest lease sale in American history, a setback to the Trump administration’s efforts to rapidly pump up investment in the region. Read more

Drilling & Exploration

The Department of the Interior is proposing the largest oil and gas lease sale ever held in the U.S.; EIA forecasts U.S. crude oil production will average 9.4 million barrels per day; Seven BLM state offices generated $170.7 million in bonus bids... Read more