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Bear Head LNG exempted from 2012 Canadian environmental act

Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd.’s wholly owned subsidiary Bear Head LNG Corp. received notice from the Canadian Environment Assessment Agency (CEAA) that its proposed LNG liquefaction plant and export terminal in Nova Scotia would not need to adhere to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act of 2012 (CEAA 2012).

BLM decision clears way for first NPR-A federal oil production

The US Bureau of Land Management issued a record of decision (ROD) for the proposed Greater Mooses Tooth One project (GMT1), which cleared the way for the first crude oil production from federal land within the 23 million-acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

Northern Territory selects Inpex in bid for onshore exploration

Australia’s Northern Territory government has selected Inpex Corp. for onshore oil and gas exploration in the Beetaloo basin, southeast of Darwin.

EPA offers new, twisted excuse to stall Keystone XL

Anyone puzzled by the delay in approval of the Keystone XL pipeline border crossing-running 6 years now, and counting-should read the Obama administration's latest rationale.

Oil-price collapse may aggravate producing nations' other problems

The recent global crude-oil price plunge could be aggravating underlying problems in Mexico, Colombia, and other Western Hemisphere producing nations, speakers suggested during a Feb. 4 discussion at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Real climate change

"Climate change is real and not a hoax."

BOEM publishes second final SEIS for 2008 Chukchi Sea lease sale

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management published a fresh supplemental environmental impact statement for a Chukchi Sea federal oil and gas sale originally held in 2008 after a federal appeals court threw out the first SEIS on Jan. 22, 2014.

Horn Petroleum to reduce Puntland exploration program

Horn Petroleum Corp., Vancouver, BC, will reduce its presence in Bosaso, Puntland (Somalia), and will “refrain from any operational activity and associated expenditures pending a resolution of the political situation between the regional government of Puntland and the federal government of Somalia regarding the legitimacy of oil concession contracts,” the company said.

Alaska LNG project partners file resource reports with FERC

A series of draft environmental and socioeconomic reports for the Alaska LNG project have been submitted to the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which is responsible for conducting the environmental review of the project.

US House vote sends Keystone XL approval bill to Obama’s desk

The US House of Representatives voted by 270 to 152 to pass S. 1, which would deem the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline approved more than 6 years after sponsor TransCanada Corp. applied for its presidential crossborder permit. The Feb. 11 action sends the measure to US President Barack Obama’s desk, where it is likely to be vetoed.

Groups object to White River National Forest draft leasing decision

The Western Energy Alliance, West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association, and Public Lands Advocacy jointly filed a formal objection to the US Forest Service’s draft oil and gas leasing decision for the White River National Forest in western Colorado.

TransCanada challenges EPA’s comments on Keystone XL SEIS

TransCanada Corp. responded to the Feb. 2 comment letter from the US Environmental Protection Agency on the US Department of State’s final supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline.

PACE survey finds 69% support for crude exports to trading partners

More than two thirds of registered voters responding in a nationwide telephone survey commissioned by Producers for American Crude Exports (PACE) supported allowing US producers to sell crude to customers in countries that have a trading agreement with the US.

Operators cutting methane emissions

Cuts in methane emissions from oil and gas production ought to be combined with aggressive efforts to curb excessive carbon dioxide releases, producers and others said during a December event.

Emissions from liquid unloadings vary by region

A recent study by the University of Texas at Austin and the environmental testing firm URS indicated that a small percentage of wells account for the majority of methane emissions from liquid unloadings at US natural gas wells.

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