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US needs more data before ending crude export ban, House panel told

Much more environmental impact information is needed before the US can reasonably remove crude oil export limits, a witness told a House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee during a Dec. 11 hearing examining energy policies enacted nearly 40 years ago.

BOEM raises offshore oil spill liability limit to $134 million

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management increased the liability limit for oil-spill related damages from offshore operations to $134 million from $75 million. The change will go into effect in January 2015.

Rosneft, Essar sign terms of oil supply agreement

OAO Rosneft and Essar Energy PLC have signed key terms of an oil supply agreement in New Delhi. Rosneft said shipments to India may begin in 2015.

Barton introduces bill to remove US crude export limits

US Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) introduced legislation that would remove US crude oil export limits that have been in place for nearly 40 years.

North Dakota producers face new vapor pressure standards

North Dakota has approved new rail transportation safety standards for crude oil that stipulate operating standards for oil-conditioning equipment at the well to separate production fluids into gas and liquid.

Chevron, ONGC among companies awarded 15 exploration permits by New Zealand

New Zealand’s government has awarded six onshore permits across the Taranaki, West Coast, and East Coast basins, and nine offshore permits across the Taranaki, East Coast, Reinga-Northland, and Pegasus basins, all part of the country’s Block Offer 2014.

Small subset of wells accounts for most methane emissions, researchers say

A small subset of natural gas wells are responsible for most methane emissions from US natural gas production, said a study from the University of Texas at Austin. Researchers cited the two major sources of methane emissions from wells as liquid unloadings and pneumatic controller equipment.

Methane controls just part of complete climate strategy, speakers say

Reducing oil and gas operations’ methane emissions is an essential, but far from the only, part of a comprehensive climate strategy, speakers at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event agreed. Efforts should be combined with an aggressive program to curb excessive carbon dioxide releases, they said.

Cost-benefit believability

In anticipation of what might become the costliest federal regulation in US history, Congress should join the Supreme Court in reviewing the Environmental Protection Agency's skewed approach to the economic consequences of its actions.

EPA air proposals should recognize progress, API official says

The US Environmental Protection Agency should recognize progress that is continuing before it considers imposing costly new air quality requirements, an American Petroleum Institute official suggested.

EPA poses tighter ground-level ozone pollution controls

The US Environmental Protection Agency proposed reducing ground-level emissions limits to 65-70 ppb from its current level of 75 ppb. It also will take comments on possibly cutting limits to 60 ppb.

API: Producers reducing methane emissions already

US oil and gas producers are reducing wellhead methane emissions already and don’t need ill-conceived, overly prescriptive federal regulations, American Petroleum Institute officials said.

House passes defense bill with BLM drilling permit program provision

The US House of Representatives approved a fiscal 2015 defense appropriations bill that includes a provision to extend and make permanent an onshore drilling permit processing pilot program in several US Bureau of Land Management field offices.

Renewed dilbit investigation faces similar hurdles of past debate

A National Research Council committee opened a second investigation of potential environmental consequences from diluted bitumen (dilbit) spills from pipelines. It quickly became apparent that this committee would encounter similar problems balancing the need to keep the inquiry manageable while addressing a sufficiently wide range of questions.

UK outlines more oil and gas incentives

The UK government will enact incentives for oil and gas development beyond what Chancellor George Osborne announced in a fiscal speech to Parliament on Dec. 3.

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