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NGSA asks Congress to pass bills facilitating LNG exports

The Natural Gas Supply Association called on Congress to support legislation that would facilitate more LNG exports. “Exporting LNG overseas will have broad economic benefits by flowing money back into the US economy and creating American jobs,” NGSA Pres. Skip Horvath said.

IHS: Western sanctions indirectly could hinder Russian oil, gas revenues

Western sanctions imposed against Russian government officials and business executives regarding Russia’s conflict with Ukraine could slow the availability of capital for Russian oil and gas companies trying to launch major new projects, IHS said.

US, European energy leaders to discuss gas diversification measures

Top US government energy officials and their counterparts from other G7 nations will meet early next week to discuss reducing Europe’s heavy reliance on Russian natural gas, US President Barack Obama and two major European Union officials announced on Mar. 26.

EPA leads investigation of crude discharge at BP Whiting refinery

The US Environmental Protection Agency took formal charge of investigation and cleanup efforts after an undetermined amount of crude oil spilled into Lake Michigan from BP PLC’s Whiting, Ind., refinery.

LNG exports’ immediate geopolitical impacts limited, senators told

Direct geopolitical impacts from the US authorizing LNG exports more quickly would be limited, witnesses told a US Senate committee. But global market consequences could be substantial because it would send a definite signal that the country is committed to becoming a major player, which potentially could accelerate changes indirectly, they added.

DOE approves LNG exports to non-FTA countries from Oregon project

The US Department of Energy conditionally approved Jordan Cove Energy Project LP’s application to export LNG through its proposed terminal on Oregon’s coast to countries that do not have a free-trade agreement with the US.

Watching Government: Alaska's ANWR reminder

Alaska's state government apparently doesn't want people to forget there's still significant oil and gas potential beneath the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's coastal plain amid talk of incredible possible domestic supplies in tight shales and deep offshore.

Begich objects to House Democrats' NPR-A comment extension request

US Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alas.) let three US House Democrats know he did not approve of their request for the US Bureau of Land Management to add 30 days to the public comment period for the Greater Mooses Tooth draft supplemental environmental impact statement covering a proposed oil development within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A).

EPA lifts post-Macondo contract suspension in agreement with BP

The US Environmental Protection Agency and BP PLC reached an agreement that will effectively end the bar on new federal contracts imposed on the multinational oil company in the wake of the 2010 Macondo deepwater well incident and crude oil spill.

Witnesses disagree on Keystone XL's potential US security impacts

Witnesses at a US Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing sharply disagreed on whether the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline would help or hinder US security.

Judge bars Anadarko e-mails as evidence in Macondo blowout hearing

A federal district judge in New Orleans refused to accept e-mails between Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and BP PLC as evidence in a hearing to determine liability of companies involved in drilling the ill-fated Macondo deepwater well in 2010.

Industry group welcomes most UK budget moves

Oil & Gas UK voiced support for all but one of several measures affecting the offshore producing industry announced in the UK government’s annual budget speech.

Analyst urges broader look at Amazon oil resources’ local impacts

Increasingly disruptive protests are likely if oil, gas, and mining companies and national governments don’t pay closer attention to indigenous populations’ needs as Western Amazon basin resources are developed, an expert warned.

BOEM extends proposed higher offshore liability limit comment period

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management added 30 days to the public comment period for its proposed higher liability limit for offshore oil and gas operators.

EITI board approves US application for candidacy

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) board approved the United States’ application for candidacy in the international organization, US Interior Sec. Sally Jewell announced. The action came during the board’s Mar. 18-19 meeting in Oslo.

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