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Pemex cuts budget by $4 billion

The board of Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) has approved a $4-billion budget reduction for 2015, an 11.5% decrease compared with the previous expenditure program authorized by Mexico’s Congress.

US should rework Azerbaijan relations carefully, House panel told

The US should pursue relations with Azerbaijan that recognize its strategic importance as an energy supplier to countries farther west but do not ignore human rights questions that have emerged recently, witnesses told a US House Foreign Affairs subcommittee.

Comments sought on Pinedale Anticline gas field noise report

The US Bureau of Land Management’s Pinedale Anticline Project Office (PAPO) is seeking public comments on a 2014 acoustic noise report on sound levels at 19 Greater Sage Grouse leks—places where males gather to attract females during mating season—in western Wyoming’s Pinedale Anticline natural gas field.

Ohio Supreme Court rules against municipality in oil and gas case

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the city of Munroe Falls cannot impose local drilling and zoning ordinances that conflict with Ohio state law regarding oil and natural gas activities. The high court split in a 4-3 decision with three justices providing written dissents.

Uganda taps Russian firm to build country’s first refinery

The government of Uganda has selected a consortium led by Russia’s RT Global Resources, Moscow, as its first choice to construct the country’s first refinery.

Montana governor wants PHMSA to beef up pipeline enforcement in state

Citing a Jan. 17 leak of 1,200 bbl of crude oil from a ruptured pipeline in eastern Montana, Gov. Steve Bullock (D) asked US Sec. of Transportation Anthony Foxx to send more pipeline inspectors to the state and schedule more inspections there.

Derailed West Virginia oil train carried Bakken crude

A large-scale cleanup and investigation have launched following the Feb. 16 derailment of a CSX crude oil train near Mount Carbon, W.Va.

Bear Head LNG exempted from 2012 Canadian environmental act

Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd.’s wholly owned subsidiary Bear Head LNG Corp. received notice from the Canadian Environment Assessment Agency (CEAA) that its proposed LNG liquefaction plant and export terminal in Nova Scotia would not need to adhere to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act of 2012 (CEAA 2012).

BLM decision clears way for first NPR-A federal oil production

The US Bureau of Land Management issued a record of decision (ROD) for the proposed Greater Mooses Tooth One project (GMT1), which cleared the way for the first crude oil production from federal land within the 23 million-acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

Northern Territory selects Inpex in bid for onshore exploration

Australia’s Northern Territory government has selected Inpex Corp. for onshore oil and gas exploration in the Beetaloo basin, southeast of Darwin.

EPA offers new, twisted excuse to stall Keystone XL

Anyone puzzled by the delay in approval of the Keystone XL pipeline border crossing-running 6 years now, and counting-should read the Obama administration's latest rationale.

Oil-price collapse may aggravate producing nations' other problems

The recent global crude-oil price plunge could be aggravating underlying problems in Mexico, Colombia, and other Western Hemisphere producing nations, speakers suggested during a Feb. 4 discussion at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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BOEM publishes second final SEIS for 2008 Chukchi Sea lease sale

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management published a fresh supplemental environmental impact statement for a Chukchi Sea federal oil and gas sale originally held in 2008 after a federal appeals court threw out the first SEIS on Jan. 22, 2014.

Horn Petroleum to reduce Puntland exploration program

Horn Petroleum Corp., Vancouver, BC, will reduce its presence in Bosaso, Puntland (Somalia), and will “refrain from any operational activity and associated expenditures pending a resolution of the political situation between the regional government of Puntland and the federal government of Somalia regarding the legitimacy of oil concession contracts,” the company said.

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