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The US Coast Guard withdrew a 1999 proposed rule covering oil and gas activities on the US Outer Continental Shelf. The passage of time, advances in technology, and changes in industry practices have rendered the proposed rule covering workplace safety on vessels obsolete, it said in a Sept. 19 Federal Register notice.

US Rep. Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), the House Natural Resources Committee’s ranking minority member, and the top Democrats on two of the committee’s subcommittees urged the US Bureau of Land Management to maintain critical wildlife and caribou habitat protections near Teshekpuk Lake on Alaska’s North Slope.

Eastern Australian politicians and industry are grappling with a looming east coast domestic natural gas supply crisis. Sydney-based Gulf Energy Ltd. has secured a leasehold over the whole of a new exploration area called Bamaga basin in the Gulf of Carpentaria, 150 km off the north Queensland coast.

Egypt remains at the top of the list for international oil companies (IOC), mid-caps, and small exploration and production (E&P) companies considering new concessions.

Recent enhancements in relief well technology enable operators to drill into prolific reservoirs while maintaining a single relief well contingency plan. Blowout contingency planning is required by regulators in various countries and is part of many oil companies’ internal preparations.

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