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Mexico infrastructure seen as inadequate for future demand

Mexico needs to expand its midstream and pipeline systems to handle anticipated future demand as the nation reforms its energy policy and opens oil and gas development to foreign investors, Georgina Kessel, Mexico’s former secretary of energy, told a Mayer Brown LLP breakfast in Houston on Jan. 14.

API forms midstream department to address transportation system issues

The American Petroleum Institute has formed a midstream department to address issues related to energy systems and the transportation of crude oil and natural gas.

Barrasso, Heinrich introduce bill to increase LNG exports

US Sens. John A. Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) introduced the 114th Congress's first legislation aimed at increasing US exports of LNG.

API includes other sources in broader State of American Energy report

The American Petroleum Institute broadened its fifth annual State of American Energy report as it included solar, nuclear, hydropower, wind, coal, geothermal, biomass, and energy efficiency as well as oil and gas.

Renewed dilbit investigation faces similar hurdles of past decade

A National Research Council committee opened a second investigation of potential environmental consequences from diluted bitumen (dilbit) spills from pipelines.

Take that, Canada!

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto needs a warning about how the US treats friends nowadays. On the day of his chummy, Dec. 6, 2014, meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington, DC, the White House promised Obama would veto legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline border crossing.

White House: Obama won't sign bill approving Keystone XL

The White House signaled that US President Barack Obama will not sign a bill approving construction of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline if one reaches his desk at presstime last week.

Obama makes Alaska's Bristol Bay off-limits for oil, gas activity

US President Barack Obama placed Bristol Bay off-limits for future oil and gas leasing, extending a temporary withdrawal he imposed in 2010 that was due to expire in 2017.

Watching Government: This year's 'infrastructure' matters

In one of the busiest Decembers ever for oil and gas in the nation's capital, one word-infrastructure-kept popping up as a key challenge for 2015.

US House set to vote on bill to approve Keystone XL project

The US House of Representatives majority has scheduled a Jan. 9 vote on a bill to approve the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline project as OGJ went to press last week.

China to subsidize Iranian refinery revamp

Iran is in the process of securing a credit line from China that would finance the rehabilitation and modernization of Iran’s 400,000-b/d Abadan refinery, the country’s oldest and largest crude oil processing complex.

Nebraska Supreme Court vacates lower court’s Keystone XL ruling

Nebraska’s Supreme Court vacated a lower court’s decision that legislation transferring authority to determine the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline’s route across the state to the governor from the Public Service Commission was unconstitutional.

 

Georgia invites bids for country’s first refinery

The government of Georgia is seeking investors to develop on a build, operate, and transfer basis what would be the country’s first refinery.

Pompeo reintroduces gas pipeline permitting reform bill

US Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) reintroduced legislation he offered in 2014 to help improve federal processing of applications to construct natural gas pipelines. The bill, HR 161, aims to overcome delays when other federal agencies fail to move quickly during the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s review process.

Murkowski Keystone XL bill clears committee, heads for Senate floor

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee marked up and approved Chair Lisa Murkowski’s bill approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The 13-9 vote sends the measure to the full Senate, which is expected to debate and vote on it next week.

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