Offshore Drillers Request Royalty Cuts

by | Jan 14, 2021

Citing the combination of the Russia-Saudi price war and pandemic-driven drops in demand, Gulf coast offshore drilling firms represented by the Houma, Louisiana-based South Central Industrial Association asked President Trump and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt for a reduction in royalties paid to the federal government. SCIA termed the confluence of the OPEC spat and COVID-19 an “existential threat to America’s ability to continue to produce energy in the Gulf of Mexico and beyond,” reported Houma Today. Status: Letter sent March 27, 2020.

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Amy Westervelt is the editor-in-chief of Drilled News, creator and host of the Drilled podcast, and founder of the Critical Frequency podcast network, named AdWeek's Podcast Network of the Year in 2019. An award-winning print and audio journalist, Amy has contributed to The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, as well as KQED, The California Report, Capital Public Radio, and many other outlets. She is the 2015 winner of the Rachel Carson award for "women greening journalism," and a 2016 winner of an Edward R. Murrow award for her series on the impacts of the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada. In 2019, the Drilled podcast won the Online News Association's "Excellence in Audio Storytelling" award.

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Emily J. Gertz is senior editor of Drilled News. A longtime environmental reporter and editor, her work has appeared in HuffPost, Reveal, Arctic Today, The Guardian, Popular Science, Scientific American, Sierra, and more.