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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.

Enhancing offshore safety

Over the past 20 years, the oil and gas industry—both onshore and offshore—has improved tenfold in occupational safety performance.

Commitment and obstinacy

The US oil and gas industry has extra reason to regret the politically motivated shutdown of the federal government. It soon might face a financial avalanche.

Regulatory enforcement continues as US government shuts down

Federal agencies regulating oil and gas activities generally planned to continue their enforcement activities as the US government partially shut down after Congress failed to fund operations past the end of fiscal 2013.

GAO: BLM needs better permit processing, inspections data

The US Bureau of Land Management needs to improve data it uses to process oil and gas permit applications and to establish inspection priorities, the Government Accountability Office said in a Sept. 23 report.

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