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US House subcommittee passes bill to facilitate LNG exports

A US House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee voted to forward a bill aimed at facilitating approvals of US LNG exports to the full committee. The Energy and Power Subcommittee’s action by 15 to 11 votes was along party lines, with Republicans favoring the move and Democrats opposing it.

Russia falls to last place in SAFE’s latest Oil Security Index

Russia, which ranked as high as No. 9 in 2005, fell to last place in the most recent quarterly update of the global Oil Security Index (OSI), released by Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), the nonpartisan organization dedicated to the reduction of US dependence on foreign oil.

Speakers debate states’ oil, gas role at GMU conference

States are better qualified than federal and local governments to regulate hydraulic fracturing and other unconventional oil and gas activities, two speakers agreed at an energy and environment conference at George Mason University’s School of Law. But a third speaker argued that some states’ performances as the primary US oil and gas regulator are unsatisfactory and needs to be reevaluated.

White House eyes steps to curb methane emissions from oil, gas operations

The White House announced additional steps to reduce methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations as part of a broader strategy.

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Anadarko settles legacy claims against Kerr-McGee for $5.15 billion

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and subsidiaries it acquired when it bought Kerr-McGee Corp. in 2006 agreed to pay $5.15 billion to settle fraudulent conveyance allegations brought by the US government and co-plaintiff Anadarko Litigation Trust in the bankruptcy of Tronox Inc.

USCG: ‘Chain of errors’ led to Shell drilling unit running aground

A US Coast Guard (USCG) investigation has found that a “chain of errors” led to the Royal Dutch Shell PLC conical drilling unit, the Kulluk, running aground on Sitkalidak Island, Alas., in December 2012.

Move carefully on crude exports, refiner urges House subcommittee

Tight oil formations have helped the US increase its crude production dramatically, an independent refiner conceded. But the nation should proceed cautiously as it considers authorizing more crude exports, he told a US House Foreign Affairs Committee subcommittee.

Scott links South Atlantic OCS access bill to jobs growth plan

US Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced a bill that would reverse the Obama administration’s exclusion of four South Atlantic coastal states from active offshore oil and gas resource development planning. It is the third part of Scott’s broader legislative Opportunity Agenda to create jobs and increase educational opportunities, he said on Apr. 2.

BLM launches EIS on existing White River National Forest leases

The US Bureau of Land Management initiated an environmental impact statement on 65 existing oil and gas leases in Colorado’s White River National Forest. The move came after the US Department of the Interior’s Board of Land Appeals identified National Environmental Policy Act deficiencies in the leases.

Senate Republicans introduce energy amendment to jobs bill

Three Republican members of the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee introduced legislation that would approve the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline and expedite applications to export US LNG as an amendment to the Unemployment Insurance Extension Bill.

East Timor not entitled to Bayu-Undan gas pipeline tax, Australia warns

The Australian government has written to East Timor to warn that the East Timorese are not entitled to tax the natural gas pipeline from the Bayu-Undan gas-condensate fields in the Timor Sea to the Darwin LNG plant operated by ConocoPhillips.

Workshops planned on offshore voluntary near-miss reporting system

Workshops will be held Apr. 22 in Los Angeles and Apr. 24 in Houston to discuss the federal government’s new voluntary near-miss reporting system for oil and gas producers, the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced in a Mar. 31 Federal Register notice.

White House eyes steps to curb oil, gas methane emissions

The White House announced additional steps to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations as part of a broader strategy. They included regulations to be proposed later this year by the US Bureau of Land Management to curb natural gas flaring on public lands.

FWS lists lesser prairie chicken as threatened species

The US Fish and Wildlife Service listed the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species. While the Mar. 27 final rule fell short of the endangered status many environmental organizations sought, it also disappointed Midcontinent oil and gas producers and others involved in a five-state environmental impact mitigation effort to make any federal listing unnecessary.

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