Volume 35 | September 6, 2017
A note from the Director
There were major concerns after Hurricane Harvey hit the heart of the oil and gas industry in Texas and Louisiana – and rightfully so, considering these are the largest energy producing Gulf Sates, exporting oil and gas nationwide and globally.

The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has demonstrated the essential role our industry is to America and the world. Thankfully, we are glad to currently see the Gulf of Mexico restoring to normal operations and refineries opening again.
Not only has the storm proven the industry’s significance, but most importantly, it’s shown the resilience of the workers. Although Hurricane Harvey has caused much destruction, the people of Texas and Louisiana will come back stronger and continue working hard to produce American energy.

We are continuing to keep those affected in our thoughts and prayers as we hope for a swift recovery. And thank you to all who have helped in any way during this time of need.

--Lori LeBlanc
BSEE Tropical Storm Harvey Activity Statistics Final Update: Sept. 4, 2017 via BSEE
NEW ORLEANS  — Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico are re-boarding platforms and rigs and restoring normal operations following Tropical Storm Harvey. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Hurricane Response Team continues to monitor the operators’ activities as they return to safe operations. This is the final update of evacuation and shut-in production statistics for Tropical Storm Harvey. 

Oil and gas operators continue to assess their facilities and are required to submit damage reports to BSEE. To date, no damage reports have been received.
Rising gasoline prices, other disruptions to ease as Texas refineries restart in slow process via The Advocate
The acceleration in gasoline prices in the aftermath Hurricane Harvey should ease as refineries in Texas restart production, but the process is slow. About 4 million barrels per day of refining capacity was shut down — more than one-fifth of the nation's supply. Some of that supply is expected to return within a week...

Chris John, president of the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, said the worst is over and refineries are " boiling just as much crude as we can " to boost supply.

"I think it's just going to start to get better as far as the crude coming in, being refined and being shipped to the racks, which obviously service all the gas stations," John said.
Secretary Zinke Appoints Members to the Royalty Policy Committee, Announces First Meeting via U.S. D.O.I.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced the appointment of 20 primary and 18 alternate members to the Department of the Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee (Committee) that will serve a critical role in advising the Secretary on policy and strategies to improve management of the multi-billion dollar, federal and American Indian mineral revenue program. The Committee’s first meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 4.

"Working closely with the Committee, we will come up with solutions for modernizing the management of public and American Indian assets, while building greater trust and transparency in how we value our nation's public mineral resources,” said Secretary Zinke. “It's important that the taxpayers and tribes get the full and fair value of traditional and renewable energy produced on public lands and offshore areas."
Oil Industry Mobilizes $23 Million For Hurricane Harvey Victims via The Daily Caller
Oil companies have mobilized supplies and tens of millions of dollars in charitable donations to help Gulf Coast residents recover from devastating flooding brought on by Hurricane Harvey.

So far, oil and gas companies have mobilized $23 million for Texans and Louisianans caught in Harvey’s wake, according to tweets and public statements compiled by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
That’s in addition to industry workers helping to clear rubble and clean up wrecked neighborhoods.
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