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White House reviewing rule to reduce blowout threats

The White House has begun reviewing a new Interior Department rule aimed at enhancing the reliability of blowout preventers -- devices that are supposed to prevent the uncontrolled escape of oil from offshore rigs.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement sent its proposed rule to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs last Thursday. It is tentatively set to be unveiled to the public next February.


Latest Gulf megaproject comes online 'on time and on budget'

Yet another offshore project in the Gulf of Mexico is complete and producing first oil. Jack/St. Malo, an offshore development tapping two lucrative oil and gas fields, is now online with fresh crude flowing to refineries along the coast, Chevron Corp. announced. The floating platform and subsea equipment now producing from the Jack and St. Malo fields was four years in the making; Chevron says it first commissioned the project in 2010.

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The sunken oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico is the worst oil spill in U.S. history. E&E examines the response to the spill, the politics of offshore drilling, and the aftermath for Gulf species and industries.



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