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Agencies reopen after partial federal government shutdown ends

Employees returned to work Oct. 17 and began to restore full federal services after the 112th Congress approved and US President Barack Obama signed legislation ending a 16-day partial government shutdown.

Schlesinger: US in better oil, gas position now than in 1973

The US is in a better oil and gas position now than it was 40 years ago when Arab oil producers cut off shipments in response to US support of Israel soon after the Yom Kippur War began, former US Defense and Energy Sec. James Schlesinger said.

SCOTUS to review EPA regs of stationary sources’ GHG emissions

The US Supreme Court agreed to review the US Environmental Protection Agency’s approach to regulating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from refineries and other stationary sources. The American Petroleum Institute and American Petrochemical & Fuel Manufacturers applauded the move.

Reinstituting compromise

The regrettable spectacle of lamentable governance masks the even worse spectacle of government at its worst.

Senate passes gulf transboundary bill, forwards to House

The US Senate approved legislation authorizing the US Department of Interior to implement terms of the Gulf of Mexico transboundary agreement with Mexico on Oct. 12. The bill, S. 812, headed for the US House of Representatives, which passed its own legislative version on June 26 as part of a larger package.

Mexican proposal seeks Pemex profit-sharing

A proposal for hydrocarbon revenue by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto provides a hint about a possible structure for oil and gas investment by outsiders in Mexico, says a legal update by the law firm Mayer Brown.

Role of gas will be limited in climate-change battle, experts say

Natural gas potentially can help address global climate change, but its contributions will be limited, certain experts agreed.

Australia needs to broaden its energy strategy, UQ professor says

A strategy that established renewable energy targets did not keep Australia from becoming as polarized—and paralyzed—as the US in the energy and climate-change debate, the director of the University of Queensland’s Energy Initiative told a Washington, DC, audience.

API urges EPA to withdraw its Tier 3 gasoline regulations

The American Petroleum Institute urged the US Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its Tier 3 gasoline regulations because they are too costly, provide scant environmental benefits, and don’t allow enough time for them to be implemented reasonably.

AFPM sues EPA, seeks 2013 cellulosic ethanol quota waiver

The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers legally challenged the US Environmental Protection Agency’s 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard with an Oct. 10 suit in federal appeals court for the District of Columbia.

Business leaders urge Obama to approve Keystone XL permit

Three major US business organizations sent a letter to US President Barack Obama urging him to approve the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline’s cross-border permit.

Policymakers miss strong energy position’s meaning, experts say

A dramatically improved oil and gas supply position brought about by technological breakthroughs puts the US in a position to do more than make North America energy independent, experts said during an Oct. 9 launch of a major new book at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

API suit challenges EPA’s 2013 ethanol volume requirements

The American Petroleum Institute petitioned the US Environmental Protection Agency to review 2013 ethanol volume requirements the oil and gas trade association considers unrealistic.

Zichal resigns as chief White House energy and climate advisor

Heather Zichal has resigned as US President Barack Obama’s deputy assistant for energy and climate change. Recently the White House’s main public voice on such matters, she was a major architect of the climate change initiative Obama announced in June.

Transboundary treaty glitch

The federal government's partial shutdown didn't keep the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee from discussing the pending US-Mexico transboundary hydrocarbons agreement on Oct. 1. But the hearing barely mentioned the main obstacle to its being ratified.

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