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IHS CERAWeek: Russia, West will have to cooperate to resolve Ukraine issues

Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak cancelled his Mar. 4 appearance at IHS CERAWeek given rising tensions between Russia and the Ukraine, and conference panelists discussed the emerging geopolitical situation and what it might mean for energy.

EPA finalizes Tier 3 motor fuel, other requirements

The US Environmental Protection Agency issued final Tier 3 emissions control requirements for motor fuels and vehicles to meet by Jan. 1, 2017. The regulations address one major concern from refiners by keeping sulfur limits per gallon at existing levels, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said.

Combined methods sharply drop storage evaporation

Straight-forward preventative measures can reduce evaporative losses from tanks by 95%, with attendant economic and environmental benefits. Reducing evaporation also helps preserve product quality and reduces fire risk.

BLM issues draft environmental review for first proposed NPR-A well

The US Bureau of Land Management released a draft environmental review for the first proposed petroleum development in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A).

Nebraska court rules Keystone XL statute unconstitutional

Legislation authorizing Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R) to approve a route for the proposed Keystone XL crude pipeline is unconstitutional under state law, a district court in the state ruled on Feb. 19.

EPA settlement could impact refineries, petrochemical plants

The US Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement to settle a lawsuit filed by community groups in Texas and Louisiana forcing it to review, and if necessary, revise formulas that refineries and chemical plants use to report toxic emission levels.

BOEM issues programmatic EIS for offshore Atlantic G&G activity

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management moved a step closer to geologic and geophysical (G&G) activity on the southern and mid-Atlantic US Outer Continental Shelf as it released its long-awaited final programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) for the area.

Industry groups react to Camp’s federal tax reform proposal

US House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David L. Camp (R-Mich.) released a federal tax reform proposal that quickly drew fire from oil and gas associations because it called for repealing several provisions much of the industry considers essential.

Senators ask Kerry to study Keystone XL health impacts

US Senate Energy and Public Works Committee Chair Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and committee member Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) jointly asked US Sec. of State John F. Kerry to fully examine potential health impacts before making a decision on the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline.

DOT emergency order covers Bakken crude transportation by rail

The US Department of Transportation issued an emergency order requiring shippers to test Bakken crude oil to ensure it is properly classified before being transported by rail. The Feb. 25 order also prohibits transportation of crude in the lowest-strength packing group.

Gas to play key role in curbing China’s pollution, official says

China plans to develop more domestic natural gas supplies, including some from unconventional sources, and increase its gas imports to reduce its reliance on coal and address its air pollution problems, the energy division leader in the country’s Institute of World Economics and Policy said.

Colorado AQCC approves emissions rules for oil, gas operations

Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission approved comprehensive changes to rules governing oil and gas activities in the state, including the nation’s first-ever regulations designed to detect and reduce methane emissions.

Final UKCS production review details strategies, clarifies roles

The final report from the Wood Review of oil and gas operations on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) provides more details of the strategy for “maximizing economic recovery” (MER) there. The final recommendation outlines the roles of regulators and industry members, and identifies six sector strategies that the report claims could lead to a production increase of 3-4 billion boe over the next 20 years.

BOEM proposes 78% increase in offshore oil spill liability limit

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management proposed a 78% increase in the offshore oil spill liability limit under the 1990 Oil Pollution Act to $133.65 million from $75 million. The proposed change was the first since the law was enacted and matches the increase in inflation since then, BOEM Director Tommy P. Beaudreau.

TransCanada sees no Keystone XL delay from Nebraska court’s ruling

TransCanada Corp. does not expect a Nebraska court’s decision to affect the US Department of State’s consideration of the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline project’s cross-border permit application, the Calgary company said.

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