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Analyst urges broader look at Amazon oil resources’ local impacts

Increasingly disruptive protests are likely if oil, gas, and mining companies and national governments don’t pay closer attention to indigenous populations’ needs as Western Amazon basin resources are developed, an expert warned.

BOEM extends proposed higher offshore liability limit comment period

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management added 30 days to the public comment period for its proposed higher liability limit for offshore oil and gas operators.

EITI board approves US application for candidacy

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) board approved the United States’ application for candidacy in the international organization, US Interior Sec. Sally Jewell announced. The action came during the board’s Mar. 18-19 meeting in Oslo.

Begich objects to House Democrats’ NPR-A comment extension request

US Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alas.) let three US House Democrats know he did not approve of their request for the US Bureau of Land Management to add 30 days to the public comment period for the Greater Mooses Tooth draft supplemental environmental impact statement covering a proposed oil development within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A).

Keystone XL national interest comments deadline approaches

Groups on both sides said support has grown for their positions as the US Department of State's Mar. 7 deadline approached for comments on whether the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline is in the nation's best interest.

BLM would impose onshore inspection fees under proposed 2015 budget

The US Bureau of Land Management would impose inspection fees for onshore oil and gas producers operating on lands under its jurisdiction under the Obama administration's proposed fiscal 2015 budget.

Taming the EPA

The US House of Representatives deserves applause for passing legislation to limit the Environmental Protection Agency's regulation of electric power plants. But the welcome move has two problems.

Witnesses disagree on Keystone XL’s potential US security impacts

Witnesses at a US Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing sharply disagreed on whether the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline would help or hinder US security.

FERC issues draft EIS on Freeport LNG’s Phase II projects

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) on Freeport LNG’s Phase II modification and liquefaction projects.

FERC to issue EA for Cove Point LNG export project in May

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has notified Dominion, Richmond, Va., that it will issue its environmental assessment (EA) for the Cove Point LNG liquefaction and export project on May 15.

EPA lifts post-Macondo contract suspension in agreement with BP

The US Environmental Protection Agency and BP PLC reached an agreement that will effectively end the bar on new federal contracts imposed on the multinational oil company in the wake of the 2010 Macondo deepwater well incident and crude oil spill.

Oil Search completes placement for Elk-Antelope fields amid political dustup

Oil Search Ltd. has completed its share placement to the Papua New Guinea government in the recently announced deal to fund the company’s acquisition of a 22.835% stake in retention license PRL15 containing the Elk and Antelope fields in the eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea for $900 million.

New York county puts freeze on Bakken crude

Government officials in Albany County, NY, have issued a moratorium on Global Partners LP’s plans to increase the processing of Bakken crude oil at the Port of Albany pending a public health investigation by the county’s health department.

EPA settlement could impact refineries, petrochemical plants

The US Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement to settle a lawsuit filed by community groups in Texas and Louisiana forcing it to review, and if necessary, revise formulas that refineries and chemical plants use to report toxic emission levels.

Watching Government: More 'Audacity of Nope'

The US Department of State substantially followed prescribed guidance—and sometimes exceeded it—when it selected Environmental Resource Management Inc. (ERM) to help prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement for the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline, a DOS Office of Inspector General investigation concluded.

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