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Witnesses attack, defend recent BLM policies at House hearing

Policies adopted during the Obama administration have created unnecessary and unproductive obstacles to oil and gas activity on onshore federal lands, witnesses told a US House Natural Resources Committee subcommittee.

Energy by fiat—2: Cellulosic disappointment

When governments make fuel choices otherwise rendered by markets, they base decisions on assumptions that cannot be right.

House Natural Resources Committee chairman announces retirement

US House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) announced he will retire at yearend. “Last Friday, I celebrated my 73rd birthday and while I have the ability and seniority to continue serving Central Washington, it is time for the voters to choose a new person with new energy to represent them,” he told reporters in Pasco, Wash.

EPA issues revised guidance for fracing with diesel

The US Environmental Protection Agency released revised underground injection control (UIC) program permitting guidance for wells which use diesel fuel during hydraulic fracturing activities. The regulation is expected to have minimal impact since the great majority of domestic oil and gas unconventional production has relied on other frac fluid ingredients for several years.

Infrastructure main US gas development challenge, NARUC panel told

Infrastructure could be the single biggest limitation to the US fully exploiting its abundant unconventional natural gas resources, gas industry association leaders told state utility regulators on Feb. 11.

DOE allows LNG exports from Cameron terminal to non-FTA nations

The US Department of Energy conditionally approved LNG exports from the Cameron LNG LLC terminal in Louisiana to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the US.

Dow Chemical urges Australia’s DOI to reform reserves policy

In a submission to the Australian government’s Eastern Australian Gas Market Study, Dow Chemical of Australia has reportedly urged the Department of Industry to apply a “use it or lose it” policy to the country’s onshore gas reserves.

Watching Government: Texans see federal overreach

If there was any doubt before, there isn't now: Many in Texas believe the state is fighting an outside invader again.

No major environmental impact from Keystone XL, DOS say

The proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline's construction and operation would not have significant environmental impacts, the US Department of State said in its long-awaited final supplemental environmental impact statement for the 1,700-mile project.

Energy by fiat-1: Here's the blendwall

Only by expanding can the gasoline market now accommodate new amounts of federally mandated ethanol. Yet gasoline consumption has stagnated in the US.

Energy exports could help national security, new report suggests

The US should encourage oil and gas exports as part of a broader strategy that also includes accepting the reality of energy interdependence, taking steps to reduce domestic consumption and diversify supplies, and integrating energy security into strategic policy and military planning, a recent report recommended.

Mexico hydrocarbon undersecretary vows careful energy regulation, contract transparency

Mexico’s government realizes it’s crucial to establish competitive contract terms and effective, transparent regulations to attract international investors as Mexico implements its pending energy reforms, panelists told a Houston gathering on Feb. 7.

Washington state debates cutting tax break for refiners

Washington state lawmakers are reviewing proposed legislation that would do away with a tax exemption currently applicable to refineries operating in the state.

Senators ask EIA to study crude exports’ gasoline price effect

US Sens. Maria E. Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Ronald L. Wyden (D-Ore.) asked the US Energy Information Administration for more information on possible domestic gasoline price impacts from allowing more US crude oil to be exported.

Improve federal pipeline permitting process, UTA white paper urges

Federal oil and gas pipeline permitting processes need to be accelerated and improved if they are to keep pace with rapidly expanding production, a new white paper produced for United Transportation Advisors LLC argued.

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