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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.

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. Other witnesses defended the more prudent approach adopted by the US Bureau of Land Management.

Keystone XL supporters, opponents press Obama for prompt decision

Supporters and opponents of the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline separately urged US President Barack Obama to decide promptly on whether the project should receive a cross-border permit. Their calls came days after the US Department of State released its final supplemental environmental impact statement on the project.

BPC releases first three commissioned papers on RFS

The Bipartisan Policy Center released the first three of five papers it commissioned on the federal Renewable Fuels Standard. The papers are part of its effort to foster discussions on ways to reform the RFS, which was established by the 2005 Energy Policy Act established and expanded by the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, BPC said.

EPA rule requires new reporting from refiners, chemical processors

The US Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a rule under existing federal statutory law that establishes new reporting requirements for petroleum and petrochemical processors that use or plan to use five chemical substances identified generically as “complex strontium aluminate, rare earth doped” (CSA-RED).

Why Congress still matters

Oil and gas industry leaders generally don't expect the US Congress to do much about energy in 2014. But they haven't necessarily written federal lawmakers off.

EPA agrees to reconsider 2013 cellulosic biofuel quotas

The US Environmental Protection Agency said it will reconsider 2013 cellulosic biofuel quotas it has made final because of new information the American Petroleum Institute and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers brought to its attention.

SOTU: Obama to stick with 'all-of-the-above' energy strategy

US President Barack Obama quickly cited the US oil and gas renaissance for helping the nation's economy recover in the last 5 years, and said in his fifth State of the Union address that natural gas will need to play an even bigger part in the future.

Washington oil, gas outlook for 2014 contains certainty, but also questions

US oil and gas leaders began 2014 with a handful of certainty and a bucketful of questions about what might happen in Washington during the coming year.

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