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NOAA Taps Graham to Lead National Hurricane Center

National Weather Service Southern Region headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, where he led Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. He also served as the meteorological service chief at NWS headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, and was the meteorologist-in-charge at the local forecast offices in Birmingham, Alabama, and Corpus Christi, Texas.   Graham has vast experience working with emergency managers prior to and during a wide variety of weather threats and spent time deployed with officials at emergency operations centers. His career with NOAA began in 1994, after working as a broadcast meteorologist

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US States Slow Trump Offshore Oil Drilling Expansion Plan

resource potential," said Steve Pastor, BHP Billiton's president of petroleum operations. The Gulf of Mexico has some of the best discovered potential, he said.   BHP has previously explored acreage in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, at its Sake project, in a formation off the coast of Alabama.   Proposed new lease areas along the U.S. Atlantic coast would require seismic mapping and development of infrastructure that would take time. "I can't put a fine point on whether we would pursue it," Pastor said.   Chevron Corp, which disclosed a large Gulf of Mexico oil

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How Many Red Snapper Are in the Gulf of Mexico?

directed the National Sea Grant College Program and NOAA Fisheries to fund independent red snapper data collections, surveys and assessments, including the use of tagging and advanced sampling technologies. Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries worked collaboratively to transfer federal funds to Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant offsite link to administer the competitive research grant process and manage this independent abundance estimate.   To conduct the independent study, a research team of 21 scientists from 12 institutions of higher learning, a state agency and a federal agency was selected by an

US Sets Gulf of Mexico O&G Lease Auction for March

The U.S. Interior Department said it will hold its largest offshore auction to date, nearly 77 million acres, to energy companies in March 2018 to conduct oil and gas development.   The proposed lease of offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida blocks continues U.S. President Donald J. Trump's efforts to encourage domestic energy production despite relatively low oil prices, the department said.   The proposed lease sale includes 14,375 blocks that are located from three to 230 miles offshore in the Gulf's Western, Central and Eastern sectors in water depths ranging

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Latest Gulf of Mexico Auction Signals Offshore Return

acres, but only 508,000 received bids, according to the BOEM. This year's auction covered Western, Central and Eastern areas of the gulf. The year-earlier auction was only for the Western region.   The sale offered nearly 76 million acres of land off the shores of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.   A sale of offshore blocks in March attracted $275 million in winning bids, a similar surge from a year ago.   Wednesday's sale was the first of 10 planned as part of the new Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2017 to 2022.   U.S. benchmark

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Deepwater 4G LTE System Deployed off US

Mexico, dramatically increasing capacity to its licensed 4G wireless network for the region’s oil and gas customers.   For the past 21 years, RigNet’s network in the GOM has delivered carrier-class services to the oil and gas industry servicing more than 300 facilities from Texas to Alabama. RigNet’s connectivity solutions exceed 100 Mbps.   The new 4G LTE system expands and increases RigNet’s capabilities to deliver business grade services to deep water locations in the remote area of the Green Canyon field. Along with the LTE deployment, RigNet has increased the

BOEM Oil and Gas Lease Sale: 48m Acres

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced the bureau will offer more than 48 million acres offshore Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama for oil and gas exploration and development, in a lease sale that will include all available unleased areas in the Central Planning Area (CPA). “As one of the most productive basins in the world, the Gulf of Mexico remains an important component of our domestic energy strategy to create jobs, foster economic opportunities, and reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil,” Hopper said. “The exploration

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New Research to Examine Oil Spill Impacts

open grounds or re-locate to other ports adjacent to open fishing areas.    Using high-resolution, fishery-dependent datasets, Murawski’s multidisciplinary team will identify how individual communities were affected by the DWH spill, specifically those communities in coastal Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Alabama. Working with key fisheries stakeholders and local decision makers, the team plans to identify adaptive strategies that communities could use to mitigate the effects of future oil spills. This project has the potential to transform disaster planning and fisheries management

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Technip Scores GoM Subsea Prize

and installation, this new award highlights Technip’s unique vertical integration in the subsea business environment. Technip's operating center in Houston, Texas, USA, will manage the overall project. The flowline system will be fabricated at the Group’s spoolbase in Mobile, Alabama, USA. The offshore installation is expected to be performed in the second half of 2016 by Technip’s vessel the Deep Blue, the Group’s flagship vessel for deepwater pipelay. Deanna Goodwin, President of Technip in North America commented: “This contract award by DGE is a testament

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Fate of Past Oyster Reef Projects Unknown

of degraded marine habitats a priority and required the tracking and dissemination of data related to those projects. Blomberg’s work was honored with the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s 2016 Outstanding Doctoral Student Award. Blomberg is now a Postdoctoral Researcher at Alabama’s Dauphin Island Sea Lab. To learn more about restoration progress, challenges and opportunities, Blomberg reviewed database entries for more than 192 oyster restoration projects entered into the National Estuaries Restoration Inventory and found that despite federal requirements to the

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