The accreditation process began in the second half of 2015, and the award was received Dec. 11, 2016.

Lawmakers are expected to seek clarity on Zinke's commitment to keeping public lands in federal control, after he voted on a provision that could make it easier to transfer federal lands to states.

The new platform was launched in November and is now used for all of the company's purchases, including for its E&P arm as well as its so-called midstream and downstream Industrial Transformation unit.

With Trump poised to take office on Jan. 20, energy companies and their lobbyists are eyeing a new gusher of federal drilling and mining leases after a period of stagnation under the administration of Barack Obama.

S-92 flights were also stopped on the other side of the North Sea, in Britain, with Royal Dutch Shell Plc saying it was working on alternative flight provision, Reuters reported.

The oil spill pact, also signed by Cuban Deputy Transportation Minister Eduardo Rodriguez Davila, calls for the parties to prepare joint disaster plans, test them and train personnel, among other measures.

Earlier treaties that established a joint petroleum development area with revenue split 90% to East Timor and 10% to Australia, which govern production from the Bayu-Undan Field run by ConocoPhillips, will remain in place, Reuters reported.

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Trump may be willing to abide by some of the Paris climate accords, particularly those that jeopardize U.S. trade with a carbon tax.

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The move followed the federal government’s decision to remove the Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic Planning Areas of the Atlantic Ocean from the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program.

Chinese manufacturers are unable to make equipment such as semisubmersible drilling platforms used in waters deeper than 1,000 feet and robots used in waters deeper than 500 meters, Reuters reported.

Output has been cut several times from 53.9 Bcm in 2013 as criticism mounted that Dutch authorities had failed to adequately assess the risk to citizens from earthquakes caused by production, Reuters reported.

The Coast Gaurd said four people aboard were evacuated and there were no reported injuries, and added that  the cause of the incident was being investigated.