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State error delays permitting for Montana refinery project

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is reopening the public comment period for a preliminary decision to approve an air quality permit for Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP’s low-sulfur fuels expansion project at its 10,000-b/d refinery along the Missouri River in Great Falls, Mont., following a notification oversight by the state agency.

Mayer Brown: Brazil reexamines its presalt policies

Brazil’s government is considering proposals to open operatorship of its presalt projects to companies other than state-run Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras), and this change might be made, Mayer Brown partner Alexandre R. Chequer told the law’s firm’s annual energy conference in Houston on May 15.

FERC issues EA for Cove Point LNG export project

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued its environmental assessment (EA) for the Cove Point LNG liquefaction and export project. The project is proposed by Dominion Cove Point LNG LP (DCP).

EPA proposes air emissions requirements for refineries

The US Environmental Protection Agency proposed making refiners measure benzene emissions around their facilities’ fences and make the results publicly available.

Bakken crude within rail car safety design standards, AFPM study says

Bakken crude oil is well within the safety standards for current rail car designs, an American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers report concluded. The crude is comparable to other light grades and does not pose risks that are significantly different than other crudes or flammable liquids authorized for rail transport, it added.

House panel’s Republicans seek information about DOE’s SPR management

US House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican leaders requested a meeting with US Sec. of Energy Ernest J. Moniz and other appropriate officials concerning management of the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve as the summer driving season approaches.

Senators to Obama: Exercise restraint on LNG exports

A bipartisan group of 22 US senators, led by Energy and Natural Resources Committee member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Foreign Relations Committee member Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), urged US President Barack Obama to consider possible impacts on American manufacturing and families that rely on natural gas for heat when looking to approve new LNG export facilities.

RIL, partners press India over gas price

Reliance Industries Ltd. and partners have issued a notice of arbitration seeking action by the government of India on the price of natural gas produced from the deepwater KG-D6 block in the Bay of Bengal.

GAO report lists ways BLM could improve onshore resource oversight

Updated guidance, increased coordination, and comprehensive data could improve the US Bureau of Land Management’s oversight of federal onshore oil and gas resources, the Government Accountability Office said in a report it released on May 9.

Sen. Hoeven submits updated Keystone XL approval bill

US Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) submitted a fresh bill that would bypass the White House and congressionally approve the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline's cross-border permit.

DOE to establish Northeastern gasoline reserve at two sites

The US Department of Energy will establish a Northeastern gasoline reserve at two locations near New York Harbor and in northern New England to provide short-term relief during supply disruptions, US Energy Sec. Ernest J. Moniz reported.

EPA will seek comments on disclosing frac fluid ingredients

The US Environmental Protection Agency announced it will seek public comment on what information could be reported and disclosed for hydraulic fracturing chemicals and mixtures and the approaches for obtaining this information.

US DOT issues Bakken crude rail transport emergency order

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued an emergency order requiring all railroads operating trains containing large amounts of Bakken crude oil to notify State Emergency Response Commissions (SERC) about the operation of these trains through their states.

Associations raise concerns in Atlantic OCS G&G comments

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s preferred alternative for new geologic and geophysical (G&G) activity on the South and Mid-Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf contains arbitrary and unnecessary restrictions, three national oil and gas associations said on May 7.

OTC: US should tread carefully with Russian sanctions, says Douglas-Westwood

The US should tread carefully when it comes to oil-related sanctions against Russia given international tensions surrounding the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Douglas Westwood said in an energy insight note released during the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.

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