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US Postpones Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Auction Due to Litigation

Nov 02, 2023

The Biden administration on Thursday postponed a Nov. 8 sale of offshore drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico pending the outcome of a lawsuit over oil and gas development and federal protection of an endangered species of whale.The move comes after a U…

China Ship is Focus of Pipeline Damage Probe, Finland Says

Oct 22, 2023

An investigation into the damage to the Balticonnector gas pipeline is currently focused on the role of the Chinese NewNew Polar Bear container vessel, Finland's National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said on Friday.Early on Oct. 8, a gas pipeline…

Offshore Wind Developers Likely to Cancel Some Contracts After NY Decision

Oct 19, 2023

Developers in the U.S. offshore wind industry will likely cancel some power sales contracts in New York after the state last week denied passing on more of the costs to consumers, but major projects off Massachusetts and Rhode Island are set to start up later this year…

Norwegian Navy Shadows Chinese Vessel Probed over Baltic Pipeline Damage

Oct 18, 2023

A Norwegian Navy ship shadowed a Chinese container ship investigated over damage to a gas pipeline in the Gulf of Finland for about 15 hours as it sailed along the western coast of Norway on Monday, vessel tracking data showed.Finnish investigators…

NY Will Not Change Offshore Wind and Power Sales Contracts

Oct 12, 2023

New York regulators on Thursday denied requests by developers of offshore wind projects and dozens of land-based renewable projects seeking billions of dollars in additional funding for existing contracts to sell power.The state denial could…

Inspirit Completes CWind Acquisition

Oct 10, 2023

U.K. investment firm Inspirit Capital announced it has completed the carve-out of CWind, a provider of offshore wind support services, from Global Marine Group.CWind completes approximately 60,000 crew transfers annually, utilizing its fleet of crew transfer vessels (CTV)…

BOEM Postpones Oil and Gas Lease Sale 261

Sep 27, 2023

The U.S. Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) said on Tuesday it will postpone its next sale of oil leases in the Gulf of Mexico.The agency said it will not hold Lease Sale 261 on September 27, 2023, as originally planned as a result of last week's ruling by the U…

California Sues Oil Giants

Sep 17, 2023

The state of California has sued major oil companies including Exxon Mobil, Shell PLC, and Chevron, accusing them of playing down the risks posed by fossil fuels, according to a court filing on Friday.The lawsuit, which also targets BP and ConocoPhillips…

Oil Companies Sue Over Lease Changes Made to Protect Whales

Aug 24, 2023

An oil and gas industry trade group, the state of Louisiana and Chevron on Thursday sued the Biden administration over its decision to withdraw acreage from an upcoming oil and gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico to protect an endangered whale…

World Court Backs Colombia in Maritime Border Dispute with Nicaragua

Jul 14, 2023

The World Court on Thursday rejected a lawsuit by Nicaragua seeking to define and expand its deep sea economic rights beyond those previously established in a long-running maritime border dispute over a trio of Caribbean islands with Colombia…

Windfarm Site Overlap Spat Resolved

Jun 20, 2023

BP and Orsted resolved a dispute over an overlapping zone in the UK North Sea between the BP-led Endurance carbon capture project and the Danish firm's planned Hornsea 4 windfarm, the companies said in a letter published by UK authorities.Britain…

Sakhalin Energy Sues Svitzer over Tugboats

May 19, 2023

Russia's Sakhalin Energy operating company has filed a lawsuit in a Russian court over tugboats owned by Denmark's Svitzer, a unit of shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk, court documents showed on Thursday. The Russian court on the Pacific…

'Too Late' - Nigerian Claimants Denied Right to Sue Shell Over 'Devastating' 2011 Offshore Oil Spill

May 10, 2023

The UK Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that it was too late for Nigerian claimants to sue two Shell subsidiaries over a 2011 offshore oil spill they say had a devastating long-term impact on the coastal area where they live.The case was one…

Russian Court Seizes Four Danish-owned Tugboats in Sakhalin

May 10, 2023

A Russian court on the Pacific island of Sakhalin has ordered the provisional seizure of four tugboats belonging to Denmark's Svitzer, the world's biggest tugboat operator, at the request of a Russian energy company. Moscow has been seizing…

UK Court to Hear Greenpeace Challenge to Oil and Gas Licensing Round

Apr 24, 2023

Britain's High Court is expected to decide on Tuesday whether to grant Greenpeace permission to proceed with a challenge to the country's last oil and gas licensing round on climate grounds, the activist group said on Monday.Last year Britain…

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