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Op/Ed: A Nail in the Coffin for US Offshore Exploration

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) president Randall Luthi issued a statement slamming the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) denial of seismic survey permits for the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).    In yet another ‘Black Friday’ announcement targeting the offshore oil and natural gas industry, the BOEM blanket denial of seismic survey permits is an unsurprising attempt to put another nail in the coffin of sensible energy exploration in the Atlantic. Not only does this decision conflict with BOEM’s own scientific conclusion that

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House Set to Debate Offshore Wind Energy Bills in US Waters

Statoil, is expected to testify at Tuesday's hearing.Statoil Wind has already won a bid for 80,000 acres of offshore leasing rights off of New York's coast.James Bennett, chief of the Office of Renewable Energy Programs Department at the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Management and Randall Luthi, president of the National Oceans Industries Association are confirmed to testify.(Reporting by Valerie Volcovici and Nichola Groom; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe

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NOIA: Maximum Access Offshore Leasing Program

NOIA President Randall Luthi joined API Group Director of Upstream and Industry Operations Erik Milito and IAGC COO and Executive Vice President Walt Rosenbusch today in calling for a maximum access 2017-2022 Offshore Leasing Program that includes the Atlantic OCS to further our nation’s position as the global energy leader, strengthen our economy, and keep energy affordable for American consumers.  Randall Luthi’s statement follows:   “To remain the world’s leading energy producer, the U.S. needs a two pronged approach.  First, a broad range of energy sources

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Tomorrow’s Gulf Lease Sales Important Even Today - NOIA

NOIA President Randall Luthi today issued the following statement in advance of tomorrow’s Central and Eastern Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sales:   “Historically, Central and Eastern Gulf of Mexico lease sales have drawn strong interest from industry; however, a combination of factors – continued low commodity prices, increased Federal regulation, and the Administration’s clear lack of support for domestic fossil fuel production – could result in rather small sales tomorrow, continuing the downward trend witnessed over the past few years.  In this tough

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NOIA Welcomes BOEM Shell's Plan Conditional Approval

  NOIA President Randall Luthi issued the following statement on BOEM's conditional approval of Shell's revised Chukchi Sea exploration plan: The BOEM's (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management) decision to conditionally allow Shell to proceed with the carefully planned and coordinated drilling effort in Alaska is good news.  The potential for energy development in the Chukchi Sea would allow Alaskans to benefit from well-paying jobs and resources to safeguard the environment, protect native traditional activities, and improve communities. The Trans-Alaska Pipeline may also benefit from

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NOIA’s Luthi Comments on Final Well Control Rule

In light of the Final Well Control Rule released today, National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) president Randall Luthi issued a statement voicing both gratification and concern with the new regulation and its implementation.   “The good news for industry today is that we are now learning what is actually in the final well control rule. We are gratified that some industry concerns were addressed. When regulations require retrofitting existing equipment or the use of new technology, it is best to have a reasonable implementation time. This was important to industry, and on that aspect

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Oceaneering Wins NOIA Safety Award

operations in deep water,” said Kevin McEvoy, CEO of Oceaneering International, Inc.   Oceaneering was recognized for the innovative and incident-free completion of a subsea well stimulation campaign, using a multipurpose service vessel instead of a work-over rig. NOIA President Randall Luthi said, "The offshore industry serves a vital role in meeting the nation's energy needs.  Oceaneering’s innovative and incident-free achievement demonstrates their continued commitment to performing essential services while delivering an unparalleled record of safety and operational

BOEM to Open Bids for Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale

the results of the sale will be conducted by BOEM Gulf of Mexico Deputy Regional Director Michael Celata. Media wishing to participate in the teleconference only should call 1-888-469-1174 by 10 a.m. CDT and provide the passcode GULF SALE. National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi issued the following statement in advance of tomorrow’s Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas lease sale: “U.S. oil and natural gas companies remain committed to the Gulf of Mexico even as 85 percent of federal offshore waters remain closed to exploration. We look forward to tomorrow&rsquo

BOEM, BSEE Find No Significant Impact from OCS Well Stimulation

. Therefore, little permeability enhancement has been required for their development. As described in the scenario evaluated in the EA, the future use of Well Stimulation Treatments is expected to continue to be occasional rather than essential to hydrocarbon production from these platforms.   Randall Luthi, president of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), said, “Today’s final EA report by BOEM and BSEE reaffirms what our industry already knows: there are no significant environmental impacts from offshore fracking.”   “Unlike the hyperbole released by

The Discoverer Enterprise, Q4000 and many other vessels work around the clock cleaning up the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: SGT Casey Ware, U.S. Army)

US Offshore Regulator to Unveil Tougher Environmental Safeguards

of 2015, when plunging oil prices gripped the sector, triggering concerns at the agency that companies would walk away from clean-ups.   "BOEM's primary goal is to ensure that the U.S. taxpayer never has to pay for decommissioning OCS facilities," Orr said in an interview.   Randall Luthi, president of National Ocean Industries Association, which represents the U.S. offshore energy industry, said in an interview: "We're looking forward to being able to review the guidance in detail and are hopeful that it provides flexibility to both the agency and the industry."  

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Study: US Offshore Holds Huge Untapped Potential

year. “The U.S. oil and gas industry is already a major source of jobs, economic activity, revenue to state and federal governments, and affordable and reliable American energy for American consumers. We can do much more of the same with more access to the OCS,” said NOIA president Randall Luthi. All three areas – the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific OCS and the Atlantic OCS – are currently almost entirely off-limits to offshore oil and gas development but could be included in the federal government’s next five-year leasing program. If the federal government

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MARAD's Jaenichen to Open NAMEPA 'Winds of Change' Conference

of Stone Energy will give an update on decommissioning, RADM Kevin Cook will discuss regulatory challenges followed by Allyson Anderson of BSEE who will address enforcement.  Jim Wicklund of Credit Suisse will provide an overview on “oceans” of oil and gas, followed by NOIA President Randall Luthi discussing industry’s prospects and RADM James Watson of ABS on Class and Offshore.  Jim Delgado of NOAA is the luncheon keynote speaker.  The conference will be opened by Dick Alario, Chairman of NOIA and President/CEO of Key Energy Services. Registration for the “Winds

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NOIA Commends Shell’s Efforts Offshore Alaska

  National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi today issued the following statement regarding Shell’s decision to halt exploration activities offshore Alaska:   “NOIA commends Shell’s efforts in the Chukchi Sea and recognizes the great expense of this endeavor.  Their ability to drill without incident this season demonstrates that the Arctic can be safely explored.  Shell’s multi-year campaign shows their commitment to providing domestic oil and natural gas to the U.S. and willingness to invest in U.S. jobs. “It is

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US Senators from 12 States Seek Offshore Drilling Exemptions like Florida's

coastal state governors who support the expansion of offshore drilling, with many of the rest seeking exemptions in the wake of the Florida decision.   Zinke's abrupt announcement on Florida also took industry groups by surprise.   National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi called the move "disappointing and premature" while American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard said it puts thousands of jobs at stake.   Industry groups and companies told Reuters last week that the eastern Gulf of Mexico and parts of the southern Atlantic were most

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NOIA Response : Cancellation of Alaska OCS Lease Sales

  National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi today issued the following statement regarding the Interior Department’s decision to cancel two offshore Alaska lease sales and deny requests to extend current Alaska offshore leases: “The cancellation of scheduled federal lease sales offshore Alaska and the denial of lease suspension requests from Statoil and Shell are extremely disappointing and short-sighted. It is clear that this Administration used Shell's recent dry-hole experience as an excuse for a political exit from the Alaska offshore area. The Shell

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NOIA Comments Support Offshore Leasing Program

oil and gas exploration off our shores, placing 94 percent of our nation’s outer continental shelf off limits, even as Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Norway, Russia and countries in Africa are actively exploring their own offshore areas. The U.S. is falling behind,” said NOIA President Randall Luthi. “What’s worse, some regions of the U.S. import the majority of their oil and natural gas supply from countries that may not share American values. Take, for example, California, where dependence on foreign oil has grown by 456 percent since 1996.  California has chosen to

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GoM Lease Sale to yield greater focus : NOIA

 NOIA President Randall Luthi today issued the following statement in advance of tomorrow’s Region-wide Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 250:   “The historic size of tomorrow’s Region-wide Gulf of Mexico lease sale, combined with improving market conditions and a shallow water incentive, may draw more interest from industry than we have seen in recent years.   “Operators are global in nature and will bid where they believe they will get the most ‘bang for their buck’. The results of recent sales in the Mexican side of the Gulf of Mexico demonstrate that

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