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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.

Enbridge receives NEB approval for Line 9B reversal

Enbridge Pipelines Inc. received permission from Canada’s National Energy Board to proceed with its Line 9B Reversal and Line 9 Capacity Expansion project. NEB approved the project with conditions, allowing Enbridge to operate all of Line 9 in an eastward direction, moving crude from western Canada and the US Bakken shale to refineries in Ontario and Quebec.

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. The fees would be similar to those the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement charges offshore producers, BLM said.

Gazprom to discontinue natural gas price discount for Ukraine

OAO Gazprom plans to discontinue its natural gas price discount for Ukraine in April.

US urged to export more LNG in response to Russia-Ukraine crisis

An American Petroleum Institute official and two Republican US senators separately called for accelerated US LNG exports in response to the Russian-Ukrainian confrontation over control of the Crimean Peninsula.

US district court tosses out judgment against Chevron in Ecuador

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York has ruled that the $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron Corp. subsidiary Texaco Petroleum Co. in Ecuador was the product of fraud and racketeering and thus unenforceable.

Obama administration 2015 budget request retains punitive measures

The White House proposed repealing six federal tax code provisions it considers unnecessary breaks for the oil and gas industry in its fiscal 2015 budget request. The repeals essentially repeated those in its fiscal 2014 budget request, and quickly drew fire from industry leaders.

IHS CERAWeek: Russia, West will have to cooperate to resolve Ukraine issues

Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak cancelled his Mar. 4 appearance at IHS CERAWeek given rising tensions between Russia and the Ukraine, and conference panelists discussed the emerging geopolitical situation and what it might mean for energy.

EPA finalizes Tier 3 motor fuel, other requirements

The US Environmental Protection Agency issued final Tier 3 emissions control requirements for motor fuels and vehicles to meet by Jan. 1, 2017. The regulations address one major concern from refiners by keeping sulfur limits per gallon at existing levels, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said.

Combined methods sharply drop storage evaporation

Straight-forward preventative measures can reduce evaporative losses from tanks by 95%, with attendant economic and environmental benefits. Reducing evaporation also helps preserve product quality and reduces fire risk.

BLM issues draft environmental review for first proposed NPR-A well

The US Bureau of Land Management released a draft environmental review for the first proposed petroleum development in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A).

Nebraska court rules Keystone XL statute unconstitutional

Legislation authorizing Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R) to approve a route for the proposed Keystone XL crude pipeline is unconstitutional under state law, a district court in the state ruled on Feb. 19.

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.

BOEM issues programmatic EIS for offshore Atlantic G&G activity

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management moved a step closer to geologic and geophysical (G&G) activity on the southern and mid-Atlantic US Outer Continental Shelf as it released its long-awaited final programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) for the area.

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