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6 drilling contractors to participate in GOM cyber-themed table top exercise

Six drilling contractors – Diamond Offshore, Helmerich & Payne, Nabors, Noble, Parker Drilling, and Rowan – will be joining more than 30 other organizations in a cyber-themed table top exercise on 8 August at the New Orleans office of the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). The cyber exercise is geared toward port and maritime stakeholders. It is being coordinated among the Maritime and Port Security Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (MPS-ISAO), the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cyber Exercise and Planning Program (NCEPP), and the US Coast Guard Outer Continental Shelf Division with its Area Maritime Security Committee’s Exercise Team...

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US land rig count falls by four, offshore grows by two

The number of land rigs drilling for oil and gas in the US fell by four this week, according to the Baker Hughes weekly rig count. There are now 924 land rigs. Meanwhile, this week saw an increase of two rigs offshore, growing from 21 to 23 rigs. This puts the total US rig count at 950. Last year at this time, there were only 462 rigs drilling in the US.

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US total rig count holds steady

The US total rig count remained at 952 this week, according to the Baker Hughes weekly rig count. Although the land rig count increased by one, the number of rigs drilling in inland waters dropped by one unit. There are 21 rigs drilling offshore US. Last year, there were 447 total rigs in the US.

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Zinke announces 76 million acres offered in GOM region-wide oil and gas lease sale

US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that the Department will offer 75.9 million acres offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida for oil and gas exploration and development. The region-wide lease sale scheduled for August 16, 2017 will include all available unleased areas in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico and provide a reduced royalty rate for shallow water leases to encourage exploration and production under current market conditions...

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