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Obama administration opposes Senate’s trio of OCS leasing bills

The Obama administration opposes a trio of US Senate bills that propose establishing or increasing states’ shares of federal oil and gas revenue from leasing and development off their shores, US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Abigail Ross Hopper told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Marathon Petroleum settles federal Clean Air Act allegations

Marathon Petroleum Corp. agreed to pay a $2.9 million fine, retire 5.5 billion sulfur credits worth $200,000, and spend more than $2.8 million to install pollution controls on facilities in three states to resolve charges that it violated the Clean Air Act (CAA), the US Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency jointly announced.

EIA: Crack spreads higher due to low oil prices, rising gasoline demand

Gasoline crack spreads in the US, especially on the East Coast, have reached several-year highs in recent months, according to a recent report from the US Energy Information Administration.

Rocky Mountain states urge Washington not to interfere with sage grouse partnership

Officials from three Rocky Mountain state governments and a major national sports conservation partnership urged both the Obama administration and the 114th Congress to not interfere with what could become very successful federal-state collaborations to preserve the greater sage grouse’s habitat and keep it from being listed as an endangered species.

Utah will join lawsuit challenging BLM frac rules, governor says

Utah will ask to join Wyoming, North Dakota, and Colorado in a lawsuit challenging the US Bureau of Land Management’s recently issued hydraulic fracturing regulations, Gov. Gary R. Herbert (R) reported. The new federal rule unlawfully interferes with state regulations that already address the process, the action contends.

Texas governor signs bill to halt cities from banning fracturing

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill to prevent municipalities from banning hydraulic fracturing in a move that was expected after the city of Denton last year approved a referendum to prohibit fracturing in its city limits.

FWS, NMFS propose changes for seeking endangered species listings

Petitions to federally list species as endangered will need to show that state wildlife agencies have been contacted beforehand and include relevant information about what those agencies are doing, the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) said as they jointly proposed reforms to the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) process.

Senate bills would give more coastal states offshore revenue shares

US senators introduced a trio of bills on May 11 to establish or increase shares of federal revenue with states that have federal oil and gas leases off their coasts. Measures sponsored by Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Lisa Murkowski (R-Alas.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), and Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) will be discussed with 23 others dealing with energy supplies during a May 19 committee hearing.

USFS rejects most objections to White River National Forest draft leasing

A US Forest Service official has rejected most objections raised by the Western Energy Alliance, West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association, and Public Lands Advocacy to USFS’s draft oil and gas leasing decision for the White River National Forest in western Colorado.

Australia releases 29 areas for offshore exploration bidding

The Australian government has released a total of 29 areas for bidding in the 2015 offshore acreage release across eight basins in the Northern Territory, Ashmore Cartier Islands region, Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, and Tasmania.

BLM fracing variance inadequate, Wyo. official tells Senate panel

The US Bureau of Land Management's final hydraulic fracturing rule allows states with their own requirements to seek a variance under which their rules would apply if they were more stringent, BLM Director Neil Kornze told a US Senate Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee.

Erin Energy extends exploration period for blocks off Gambia

Erin Energy Corp., Houston, has received a 2-year extension until Dec. 31, 2018, for Blocks A2 and A5 offshore Gambia. The company holds 100% interest in both blocks, which lie 30 miles offshore.

OTC: BSEE reports 100% SEMS compliance after first cycle

Representatives from the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) assessed the progress of the agency's Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS) initiative at an Offshore Technology Conference breakfast in Houston on May 7.

OTC: Many variables dictate N. America's emergence as a global energy force

North American businesses and governments must work together toward the collective goal of advancing the continent's energy aspirations.

Oilex gets payment demand from Timor Leste

Timor Leste’s petroleum authority Autoirdade Nacional do Petroleo (ANP) has lodged a notice of intent to terminate Timor Gap permit JPDA 06-103 PSC, operated by Perth-based Oilex Ltd.

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