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Shell submits revisions to its 2015 Chukchi Sea exploration plan

Shell Offshore Inc. submitted revisions to its previously approved Chukchi Sea exploration plan on Aug. 28, a spokesman for the company confirmed. The step was necessary to preserve the option to drill its Chukchi Sea leases in 2015, but should not be seen as a final decision to drill next summer, he told OGJ in an Aug. 29 e-mail.

BLM announces California oil, gas strategy as CCST issues report

The US Bureau of Land Management’s California state office announced a comprehensive strategy for its oil and gas program in the state after receiving an independent review of well stimulation technologies it asked the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) to conduct in September 2013.

California lawmakers pass in-state gas system methane emissions bill

The California Senate passed a bill aimed at curbing methane emissions from intrastate natural gas pipelines and local distribution systems. SB 1371, which was approved by 23 to 11 votes on Aug. 27, passed the state’s Assembly a day earlier by 57 to 20 votes. It now heads to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown (D) for final action.

CNRL files OSCA application with AER for Grouse oil sands project

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. has submitted an Oil Sands Conservation Act application with Alberta Energy Regulator for its Grouse steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) project.

ExxonMobil Pipeline settles charges from 2012 Louisiana spill

Exxon Pipeline Co. agreed to pay more than $1.4 million to resolve federal charges that a 2012 spill from the company’s North Line near Torbert, La., violated the Clean Water Act, the US Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency jointly announced.

EPA extends comment period for proposed refinery regulations

The US Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period by 60 days for its proposed rule that would force petroleum refiners to implement additional controls on toxic air emissions from their refineries.

CERI: Market access key to Canadian bitumen output

Outcomes in two areas of critical uncertainty can mean a difference in Canadian bitumen production in 2030 of 1.7-1.8 million b/d, according to a study published by the Canadian Energy Research Institute.

Canada’s NEB to hear Aboriginal viewpoint on Trans Mountain expansion

Canada’s National Energy Board will hear the viewpoint of Aboriginal groups on the Trans Mountain expansion project on Aug. 25 in Edmonton, the first of four scheduled hearings through Nov. 28.

Western gulf lease sale attracts $110 million in high bids

Gulf of Mexico western planning area Lease Sale 238 drew 93 bids from 14 companies over 81 blocks covering 433,823 acres, totaling $109,951,644 in apparent high bids, reported the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which held the event on Aug. 20 in New Orleans.

TSB report outlines ‘multitude of factors’ behind Lac-Megantic train derailment

A multitude of factors led to July 6 derailment of a runaway train in Lac Megantic, Que., carrying 72 carloads of Bakken crude oil bound for Irving Oil Ltd.’s refinery in Saint John, NB, according to an investigation report released Aug. 19 by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB).

USCG proposes higher offshore oil spill liability limits

The US Coast Guard proposed higher offshore oil spill liability limits under the 1990 Oil Pollution Act to reflect significant increases in the Consumer Price Index.

USCG issues interim offshore supply vessel size limit rule

The US Coast Guard issued an interim offshore supply vessel (OSV) size limit rule after a 2010 law removed the previous statutory limit. The regulation became effective upon its publication in the Aug. 18 Federal Register. Comments on it will be accepted until Nov. 17.

AER strengthens air quality requirements for Peace River operators

Addressing emissions and odors, Alberta Energy Regulator says it has strengthened requirements to capture casing and tank top gas from heavy oil and bitumen operations in the Peace River region.

BlackPearl files OSCA application for Blackrod SAGD

Alberta Energy Regulator reports that BlackPearl Resources Inc., Calgary, has filed an Oil Sands Conservation Act application for the Blackrod commercial steam-assisted gravity drainage project.

Watching Government: Regulatory mischief potential

The two American Petroleum Institute officials had discussed concerns they had about possible new restrictions emerging at the US Environmental Protection Agency while Congress was in its August recess.

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