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House approves bill to reform the Endangered Species Act

The US House of Representatives passed a bill that would reform the Endangered Species Act for the first time in 26 years.

API urges EPA to expedite 2014 RFS requirements

The American Petroleum Institute once again has called on the US Environmental Protection Agency to transcend its pattern of missing self-pronounced deadlines and to finalize requirements under the federal 2014 Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) as soon as possible.

Financing activism

Although oil and gas producers have been fracturing wells for decades, the completion routine now is the target of uncompromising environmental opposition claiming it threatens underground sources of drinking water.

CSB releases incident report for Tesoro’s Martinez refinery

Loose pipe fittings are to blame for a sulfuric acid release that seriously injured two workers in early February at the alkylation unit of Tesoro Corp.’s 161,000-b/d Golden Eagle refinery near Martinez, Calif., according to an Aug. 15 report released by the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB).

Mexico accelerates energy reform efforts

Mexico’s Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) faces the task of determining areas where it wants to bring in partners under the sweeping energy reform that President Enrique Pena Nieto signed into law to open Mexico’s oil and gas exploration and production to private and foreign companies for the first time since 1938.

DOE finalizes LNG export national interest review reforms

The US Department of Energy finalized reforms it proposed on May 29 to its process for determining whether planned LNG export projects are in the national interest.

EPA extends comment period for proposed refinery regulations

The US Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period by 60 days for its proposed rule that would force petroleum refiners to implement additional controls on toxic air emissions from their refineries.

EPA hydraulic fracturing study may be prelude to new federal rules

Oil and gas operations have historically been regulated mainly at the state level, though the expansion of hydraulic fracturing activities has brought with it an expansion in the number and sources of regulations facing operators.

Investors watch, wait as Mexico finalizes details of energy reform

For Mexico, constitutional reform was just the first step in the long process of opening up its energy industry to outside investment.

API urges EPA to expedite 2014 RFS requirements

The American Petroleum Institute once again has called on the US Environmental Protection Agency to transcend its pattern of missing self-pronounced deadlines and to finalize requirements under the federal 2014 Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) as soon as possible.

API leads industry call for more OCS access in next 5-year program

The Obama administration should consider all parts of the US Outer Continental Shelf for leasing in the 2017-22 OCS program it has begun to prepare so future national energy policy options can be maximized, the American Petroleum Institute and 10 other oil and gas trade associations jointly said.

House Democrats call for higher federal onshore royalty rates

Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) urged the US Department of the Interior to raise the 12.5% royalty rate oil and gas producers pay for production from onshore federal lands.

EPA won't require 2013 RFS reports until after 2014 quotas are out

Refiners and other obligated parties under the federal Renewable Fuels Standard won't be required to file 2013 reports until after 2014 quotas for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel have been announced, the US Environmental Protection Agency said.

DOE unveils initiative to curb methane emissions from US gas systems

The US Department of Energy announced an initiative to reduce methane emissions from natural gas systems nationwide following a series of roundtables with stakeholders.

BLM drilling permit bill attracts broad support at Senate hearing

Witnesses and committee members argued over the extent of oil and gas drilling permit delays at US Bureau of Land Management field offices.

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