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Alaska passes bill to advance state’s LNG project

Alaska’s state legislature has passed Senate Bill 138, which would advance a large-diameter, 800-mile natural gas pipeline project to transport production from the Alaska North Slope (ANS) to a 15-18 million tonne/year LNG plant on the state’s south-central coast.

DOS gives federal agencies more time for Keystone XL comments

Eight federal agencies preparing comments on the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline project’s cross-border permit received additional time, the US Department of State announced. It did not set a new deadline, but emphasized that the agency consultation process will not start over.

Baseline water testing rule to remove ambiguity in Wyoming

Wyoming has adopted a rule that calls for operators to perform baseline testing of area groundwater before and after drilling.

GAO: Scant information exists about NEPA analyses’ costs, benefits

Little information exists about the costs and benefits of analyses required under the National Environmental Policy Act, the Government Accountability Office said. Federal agencies do not routinely track the costs, and there is no government-wide mechanism to do so, GAO investigators said they learned from officials at the US Environmental Protection Agency, White House Council on Environmental Quality, and other agencies.

DOE lets ConocoPhillips Alaska resume LNG sales to non-FTA countries

The US Department of Energy approved a ConocoPhillips Co. subsidiary’s request to resume exports of LNG to countries not having a free-trade agreement with the US from the company’s Kenai facility in Alaska in an Apr. 14 order. ConocoPhillips’s authorization for such LNG exports from the site expired on Mar. 31, it noted.

EPA white papers offer hint of methane, VOC emissions

The US natural gas industry received a preview of a new regulatory push on Apr. 15 when the Environmental Protection Agency published white papers on emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in five operational categories.

Senate leaders ask EIA for detailed look at crude export impacts

US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee leaders asked the Energy Information Administration to conduct a more extensive analysis of possible consequences from lifting or easing the ban on exporting domestically produced crude oil.

Anadarko settles legacy claims against Kerr-McGee for $5.15 billion

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and subsidiaries it acquired when it bought Kerr-McGee Corp. in 2006 agreed to pay $5.15 billion to settle fraudulent conveyance allegations brought by the US government and co-plaintiff Anadarko Litigation Trust in the bankruptcy of Tronox Inc.

Environmental groups to challenge FWS’s lesser prairie chicken ruling

Three environmental organizations notified the US Fish and Wildlife Service that they plan to sue over the US Department of the Interior agency’s recent designation of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened—but not endangered—species.

Heitkamp leads Senate Democrats’ new push for Keystone XL approval

Ten other US Senate Democrats joined Heidi Heitkamp (ND) in urging US President Barack Obama to approve the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline by May 31.

GlobalData: US needs to ‘fast-track’ LNG exports to compete in global market

The US’s lack of approved export terminals has prevented energy companies from competing in the growing global LNG market, despite the fact that the country is now the world’s largest natural gas producer, said an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.

US House subcommittee passes bill to facilitate LNG exports

A US House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee voted to forward a bill aimed at facilitating approvals of US LNG exports to the full committee. The Energy and Power Subcommittee’s action by 15 to 11 votes was along party lines, with Republicans favoring the move and Democrats opposing it.

Russia falls to last place in SAFE’s latest Oil Security Index

Russia, which ranked as high as No. 9 in 2005, fell to last place in the most recent quarterly update of the global Oil Security Index (OSI), released by Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), the nonpartisan organization dedicated to the reduction of US dependence on foreign oil.

Speakers debate states’ oil, gas role at GMU conference

States are better qualified than federal and local governments to regulate hydraulic fracturing and other unconventional oil and gas activities, two speakers agreed at an energy and environment conference at George Mason University’s School of Law. But a third speaker argued that some states’ performances as the primary US oil and gas regulator are unsatisfactory and needs to be reevaluated.

White House eyes steps to curb methane emissions from oil, gas operations

The White House announced additional steps to reduce methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations as part of a broader strategy.

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