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Kerry lists Artic challenges

US Sec. of State John F. Kerry tried to emphasize cooperation as he assumed the Arctic Council's chairmanship for the next 2 years on the United States' behalf. He also did not hide the urgent concern he feels about accelerating climate change in the Far North.

Upper East Coast US Senate, House members oppose Atlantic leasing

Observing both Earth Day and the fifth anniversary of the Macondo deepwater well accident and crude oil spill, US Senate and House members-largely Democrats from Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states-introduced bills to stop federal offshore oil and gas leasing off the Atlantic coast.

CSIS forum: More cooperation needed to address Arctic challenges

More cooperation not just between government and the oil and gas industry, but with a broad range of residents and businesses inside and outside Alaska, is essential to address pressing infrastructure challenges there, speakers at a Center for Strategic and International Studies forum agreed.

USGS report aims to improve quake prediction from induced seismicity

The US Geological Survey issued a report with preliminary outlines of models to predict severity of ground tremors in areas where sharp seismicity increases have been reported.

Safety 5 years on

Performance alone will determine the adequacy of US responses to tragedy 5 years ago in the Gulf of Mexico.

Diligence essential to avoid future offshore mistakes, panel told

The offshore oil and gas industry-as well as the federal agencies that regulate it-must remain diligent to avoid the mistakes that led up to the Macondo deepwater well blowout and crude oil spill 5 years ago, witnesses told the US House Natural Resources Committee.

BLM fracing variance inadequate, Wyo. official tells Senate panel

The US Bureau of Land Management’s final hydraulic fracturing rule allows states with their own requirements to seek a variance under which their rules would apply if they were more stringent, BLM Director Neil Kornze told a US Senate Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee. But Mark Watson, Wyoming state oil and gas supervisor, said BLM would benefit instead of the states.

US, Canada jointly release crude-by-rail transportation rules

The US and Canada simultaneously issued new regulations governing transportation of crude oil and other hazardous materials by rail.

Senate Democrats offer bill to phase out older rail tank cars

Legislation to accelerate the phase-out of older rail tank cars to reduce accidental crude oil spills has been introduced by Finance Committee Ranking Minority Member Ronald L. Wyden (D-Ore.) and six other US Senate Democrats.

Foreign suppliers maintain ties as crude sales to US fall, study says

International producers are keeping relations with the US strong despite its plunging crude oil imports as production from domestic tight shales climbs, research by 16 University of Texas at Austin master’s degree candidates found.

Moniz emphasizes work with other agencies to implement QER proposals

Other federal departments and agencies will need to be brought into the process of implementing recommendations outlined in the initial Quadrennial Energy Review, US Sec. of Energy Ernest G. Moniz told the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

BLM seeks comments on QEP’s proposed gas, helium processing project

The US Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on QEP Resources Inc.’s plans to build a natural gas and helium processing plant in the Dry Piney Creek area 10 miles northwest of LaBarge, Wyo. Information received will be used to help prepare an environmental assessment of the proposed project, BLM’s Pinedale field office said in an Apr. 20 notice.

Kosmos makes gas find offshore Mauritania

Kosmos Energy Ltd., Dallas, reported that the Tortue-1 exploration well, drilled on Block C-8 offshore Mauritania, intersected 351 ft of net hydrocarbon pay in the primary Lower Cenomanian objective, based on preliminary analysis of drilling results and intermediate logging to a depth of 4,630 m.

Colorado joins two other states in lawsuit against BLM’s fracturing regs

Colorado state officials joined the states of Wyoming and North Dakota in a lawsuit questioning the US Bureau of Land Management’s new rules for hydraulic fracturing for onshore drilling on tribal and federal public lands.

CERAWeek: Murkowski to introduce bill this year to lift oil export ban

US Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alas.) told IHS CERAWeek in Houston that she plans this year to introduce legislation to repeal the decades-old ban on US exports of crude oil.

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