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MARKET WATCH: NYMEX crude oil climbs modestly on reduced storage concerns

Crude oil prices for May delivery climbed modestly on the New York market Apr. 20, which analysts attributed to reports of reduced concerns for now about high US oil storage levels. The Brent crude oil price settled Apr. 20 on the London market unchanged from the Apr. 17 price.

Watching Government: Five years after Macondo

It would be an understatement to declare offshore oil and gas has changed since the deepwater Macondo well blowout and crude oil spill 5 years ago. An obvious follow-up question is whether it has changed for the better.

House Transportation panel lambastes administration for safety delays

Members of a US House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee from both parties sternly criticized the Obama administration for delays in implementing pipeline and rail safety procedures as the systems carry more crude oil, ethanol, and other volatile materials.

DOI proposes new offshore BOP, well-control regulations

The US Department of the Interior proposed offshore oil and gas well-control regulations with more stringent design requirements and operational procedures for blowout preventers (BOPs) and blowout prevention technologies.

CSIS forum: More cooperation needed to address Arctic challenges

More cooperation not just between government and the oil and gas industry, but with a broad range of residents and businesses inside and outside Alaska, is essential to address pressing infrastructure challenges there, speakers at a Center for Strategic and International Studies forum agreed.

BLM proposes higher onshore oil, gas royalty rates

The US Bureau of Land Management is proposing changes to federal onshore oil and gas royalty rates, rental payments, lease sale minimum bids, civil penalty caps, and financial assurances, US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced. Comments on the Advanced Notice of Possible Rulemaking (ANPR) will be accepted for 45 days following its publication in the Federal Register next week.

BOEM, BSEE extend comment period for proposed Arctic drilling rules

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement extended the comment period for proposed oil and gas drilling regulations on the US Arctic Outer Continental Shelf by 30 days.

Second Mid-Atlantic sale needed in next OCS plan, House panel told

The US Department of the Interior should schedule a second Mid-Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas lease sale—and hold it earlier than in 2021—as it prepares its final 2017-22 OCS management plan, witnesses told a US House Natural Resources subcommittee.

ANGA urges US to scrap dual approvals for LNG export projects

The US could lose an important global opportunity if it doesn’t move more quickly on its LNG export decisions, America’s Natural Gas Alliance said in a new study. “This is not about trying to get 20 export facilities quickly built,” ANGA Pres. Martin J. Durbin told reporters as the study was released. “It’s about making the process more certain and predictable so more of them can move ahead.”

More witnesses urge Congress to repeal US crude oil export ban

The US crude oil export ban is a 1970s anachronism that could hobble US production growth and restrict economic improvement if it is not repealed, three witnesses told a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee’s hearing on the matter. A fourth witness, however, warned that ending the export ban would lead to a hazardous US production increase that would then possibly lead to greater greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and threats to public safety.

House Transportation panel lambastes administration for safety delays

Members of a US House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee from both parties sternly criticized the Obama administration for delays in implementing pipeline and rail safety procedures as the systems carry more crude oil, ethanol, and other volatile materials.

California PUC fines PG&E record $1.4 billion for pipeline violations

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) fined Pacific Gas & Electric Co. a record $1.4 billion for the unsafe operation of its natural gas pipeline system in 2010, including an explosion in San Bruno, Calif., that killed 8 people, injured 66 more, and destroyed 38 homes.

DOI proposes new offshore BOP, well-control regulations

The US Department of the Interior proposed offshore oil and gas well-control regulations with more stringent design requirements and operational procedures for blowout preventers (BOPs) and blowout prevention technologies.

FWS lists northern long-eared bat as threatened species

The US Fish & Wildlife Service designated the northern long-eared bat (NLEB) a threatened species, but attached an interim special rule that it said eliminates unnecessary regulatory requirements for landowners, land managers, government agencies, and others in the animal's multistate range.

Watching Government: Fighting for offshore access

Amid loud celebrations of US onshore oil and gas potential from tight shale formations, National Ocean Industries Association Pres. Randall B. Luthi works hard to remind policymakers that what's waiting to be discovered and produced offshore still matters.

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