A coalition of Native tribal governments, commercial fisherman and environmentalists has filed an administrative appeal to block a wastewater discharge permit for oil and gas operators in southern Alaska's Cook Inlet, Reuters reported. The appeal, filed in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, challenges a general permit issued by the Environmental Protection Agency that allows established oil and gas production facilities to discharge wastes directly into the inlet's marine waters. The new permit, scheduled to go into effect on July 2, covers 16 offshore oil and gas platforms and three onshore facilities in Cook Inlet, said Dianne Soderlund, communications coordinator for EPA's Alaska oil and gas section. It will also cover any exploration, development and production facilities that are erected in the inlet in the next five years. Companies with oil and gas produced from platforms covered by the new wastewater permit are Chevron, Marathon Oil, Unocal, Forest Oil and XTO Energy, according to state reports. Source: Reuters
ENSCO International Incorporated and Forest Oil Corporation reported that one of ENSCO’s jackup rigs sustained extensive damage while operating in the Gulf of Mexico. ENSCO 51 was on location in Eugene Island Block 273 drilling a development well over a platform (the “A” platform) for its customer, Forest, the operator of the block. Eugene Island Block 273 is located approximately 75 miles offshore. Shortly after midnight on Thursday, March 1
Ronald J. Forest has been promoted to senior vice president of Matson Navigation Company, Inc. (Matson). The appointment was approved yesterday by the company’s Board of Directors and announced by Matson President and CEO James S. Andrasick. Forest’s career in the industry spans 25 years and has included eight years with Matson, eight years with APL and nine years with United States Lines. His Matson career began in 1995 as operations manager, Southern California
Gorthon Shipping International Bermuda, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gorthon Lines AB, has sold the forest product carrier Humber Arm on private terms, after a crankshaft breakdown in the main engine. The vessel was built by Schichau Unterweser AG in 1976 and has a DWT of 7650 mton. The vessel was delivered to the new owners on July 6, 2004. For further information please contact CEO Lars Petersson, phn +46-42 172700.
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) to implement plan for reducing carbon emissions in the Canal Watershed ACP has signed a Technical Cooperation Agreement with the National Environmental Authority (ANAM) and the German Agency for International Cooperation to apply mechanisms that will reduce emissions in the Canal Watershed. The agreement aims to establish the terms and conditions for the design and implementation of a pilot program in the Panama Canal Watershed
A US$5-million historic sailing brigantine currently under construction in Sausalito has officially entered the process of earning Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) project certification. The certification will indicate that the brigantine will be constructed from timber produced with responsible forestry practices. The nonprofit group behind the project, Educational Tall Ship for San Francisco Bay, selected Emeryville-based SCS Global Services (SCS), a leading FSC certifier worldwide
Finnlines said it had bought forest industry group Stora Enso's 16.6 percent stake in shipping company Transfennica for an undisclosed sum. Finnlines said it and its subsidiaries at the same time had made a long-term cooperation agreement with Stora Enso on the transportation of its paper products from Finland to the rest of Europe. Transfennica is a shipping company owned by the Finnish paper industry and operates some 20 RoRo vessels, it said
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a final decree regarding Alaska's assertion of ownership of certain marine submerged lands in the southeast portion of the state. The court finalized its earlier ruling that the federal government retained ownership of those portions of the Alexander Archipelago more than three geographical (nautical) miles from shore because those waters do not constitute historic inland waters. The federal government retained ownership of those portions of North Bay
Grave concerns on safe navigation through Straits of Malacca and Singapore. The Malacca and Singapore Straits is a strategic gateway in world trade and one of the world’s busiest waterways. On any given day, over 140 ships – such very large oil tankers, container ships, bulk carriers and cruise liners, ply through the Straits; not forgetting the smaller crafts like passenger ferries, tugs and barges making frequent cross-Straits voyages in the littoral states of Singapore
Pope Francisco called for more respect for nature on Saturday, calling the destruction of tropical forests in South America and other forms of environmental exploitation as sins of modern times. In a speech at the University of Molise, an agricultural and industrial region in southern Italy, Francisco said he should be allowed to offer off the Earth without being exploited. "This is one of the greatest challenges of our time: go to a type of development that respects creation
Chile declared a state of emergency and precautionary evacuation of up to 16,000 people as a raging forest fire threatened the historic port city of Valparaiso. The inferno began on Friday, 13 March afternoon in an area where illegal garbage was being dumped but spiraled out of
The falling number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States is pointing to a decline in U.S. oil production in the second quarter, Goldman Sachs analysts said on Monday. Rig count in the United States fell by 56 last week to 866, the fewest since March 2011
Indonesia's state-owned Pertamina, Royal Dutch Shell, and Malaysia's Petronas were among the companies awarded 11 Indonesian oil and gas blocks last year, government officials said on Wednesday. Indonesia offered a total of 16 conventional and unconventional oil and gas blocks last year
Brent oil prices rose on Wednesday as the euro strengthened against the dollar following a boost in business morale in the euro zone's top two economies. The euro was up 0.6 percent against the dollar, the currency in which crude oil futures trade. The dollar lost 0
Protracted labor strife and shipping disruptions at U.S. West Coast ports have hit farmers especially hard, posing a major barrier to perishable goods headed to overseas markets and resulting in losses estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars a week.
The chairman of the U.S. Senate's Energy Committee and 20 colleagues on Wednesday urged the Commerce Department to allow crude oil exports to Mexico, saying it would benefit the economies of both countries. Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, the committee's chairman, and Heidi Heitkamp
With its vast and beautiful coastline, virgin forests and undisturbed idyllic islands, rich historical and cultural heritage, India may get some fillip in cruise tourism in the months to come. A report in Business Standard says that a high-level meeting of the Bureau of Immigration
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) said it was monitoring the situation of a small oil spill at the Raroa platform, about 70 kilometres off the Taranaki coastline. The operator, the New Zealand branch of international oil company OMV, says about 250 litres of oil was spilt on Friday when a
French seismic group CGG said on Thursday it would further cut its fleet of seismic vessels after declining demand from oil and gas clients hit by the falling oil price led it to record an impairment and one-time charges of $643 million in the fourth quarter.
Brightoil Petroleum (Holdings) Limited announced its interim results for the six months ended December 31, 2014, reporting steady growth over the period. During the period, profit attributable to the owners of the group increased 3% year-on-year to HK$561 million
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a marine safety alert today to remind vessel owners and operators to establish effective fuel oil changeover procedures during efforts to comply with MARPOL Annex VI emission regulations. The USCG said that several recent incidents of fuel leakages during changeovers
A dispute over maritime boundaries between Ghana and Ivory Coast is damaging Tullow Oil, which risks postponement of its TEN project in the waters off Ghana's coastline. The government of Côte d’Ivoire has applied for provisional measures
Dollar hits fresh 11-year high against currency basket. U.S. oil inventories at record high. Brent crude oil fell towards $59 a barrel on Monday as the dollar strengthened and a supply glut pushed global oil inventories to record highs.
French oil major Total is selling its stake in the North Sea Laggan-Tormore oil and gas field as it seeks to shed assets after a steep fall in the oil price, banking sources said. Total is hoping to get up to $1.5 billion for its 80 percent operating stake in the field
Ghana's finance minister said on Thursday that the forecast for oil revenues in 2015 had been slashed to 1.5 billion cedis ($416.7 million), down from 4.2 billion cedis forecast in the budget presented in November due to falling oil prices.