Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Friday made her first visits to Gulf of Mexico offshore oil wells since taking office, in a move intended to highlight safety reforms made after the BP spill.
Jewell toured LLOG Exploration's semi-submersible drilling rig about 120 miles south of New Orleans. There, she observed a cementing operation and discussed the company's development plans, the department said.
Energy will be on President Barack Obama's agenda when he meets Thursday with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, broadening their discussion beyond immigration and security, but he is not likely to make any major new proposals, according to White House aides.
Obama's first trip to Mexico since Pena Nieto's election comes as the administration has started to work with Congress to put the U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement into law.
House Natural Resources Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee hearing, "U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement and Steps Needed for Implementation." Hearing will also examine the Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act.
House Republicans contend the Nuclear Regulatory Commission tripled space at its headquarters by using an appropriations bill to get around the congressional authorization process, the Washington Business Journal reports.
House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings and ranking Democratic Rep. Ed Markey called on the Interior Department to extend the public comment period for its proposed public lands hydraulic fracturing rule, FuelFix reports.
Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., was endorsed by 20 Democrats to replace Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., as ranking member on the House Natural Resources Committee should Markey win election to the Senate, Politico reports.