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Counties, associations challenge DOI’s Greater Sage Grouse tactics

A coalition of national and regional oil, gas, coal, and mining associations and county governments in four Rocky Mountain states charged three US Department of the Interior agencies with using bad science and poor information to make public lands and Endangered Species Act listing decisions for the Greater Sage Grouse.

Senate crude exports hearing raises price, logistics, safety issues

Potential consumer price impacts dominated a US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing examining whether to allow more exports of domestically produced crude oil. Witnesses agreed that permitting more US crude to be sold abroad could provide benefits, but were divided on whether changes need to be made in the Jones Act and other transportation regulations.

UK budget includes oil and gas tax relief

The UK government has delivered on promises made late last year to ease the tax burden on the struggling offshore oil and gas industry.

Chevron, Shell among most active bidders in central gulf sale

Chevron Corp., ExxonMobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell PLC, and Statoil ASA mostly led the way as Gulf of Mexico central planning area Lease Sale 235 drew 195 bids on 169 blocks from 42 companies, reported the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which held the event Mar. 18 in New Orleans.

Senate, House bills introduced to block EPA ozone proposal

US Senate and House members introduced bills to block the US Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to lower ground-level ozone limits as the plan’s comment period ended and the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing to examine its implications.

Alberta introduces oil sands environmental requirements

Alberta introduced new requirements to control tailings ponds and regulate water use from the Athabasca River as part of the Canadian province’s efforts to reduce oil sands development impacts.

Messing with RFS

At a Mar. 7 gathering in Des Moines of Republicans flirting with presidential candidacy, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad opened with a warning: "Don't mess with the RFS."

Low crude prices alter challenges in sub-Saharan Africa, speakers say

Significantly lower crude oil prices have reduced foreign companies' interest in developing oil and gas resources in sub-Saharan Africa nations, speakers at a Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies seminar agreed.

US Arctic priorities shortchange Alaskans' needs, Senate panel told

As the US prepares to chair the Arctic Council later this year, the country recognizes that international decisions can directly affect Alaska and its residents and plans to closely engage with them, Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., the US Department of State's Special Representative for the Arctic, told the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Watching Government: NWT make plans

Canada's Northwest Territories sit on trillions of cubic feet of natural gas, yet many of its 43,000 residents pay more than they should to heat their homes each winter because they have to rely on diesel fuel.

Tillerson: Sound policies needed to buoy N. American energy revolution

The US government needs to adjust its energy policies to ensure the country realizes all the benefits of the new era of energy abundance, said Rex W. Tillerson, ExxonMobil Corp. chairman and chief executive officer, during a Mar. 12 address to The Economic Club of Washington.

USGS: More data needed to grasp fracing’s water-quality risks

More data and research will be necessary to better understand potential water-quality risks associated with US unconventional oil and gas resource development, a recent US Geological Survey study concluded.

Prosper files OSCA application for Rigel oil sands project

Prosper Petroleum Ltd., Calgary, has filed an Oil Sands Conservation Act application with Alberta Energy Regulator for the Rigel oil sands project.

ExxonMobil resumes drilling from Point Thomson near ANWR

Following years of legal wrangling, ExxonMobil Corp. has resumed drilling in the high-pressure Point Thomson gas-condensate field on Alaska’s North Slope near the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

Supporters, as well as critics, call for RFS reforms

Calls to reform the federal Renewable Fuels Standard increased as critics and supporters alike said it is not working as it was intended. Its corn ethanol mandates need to be repealed, officials from the American Petroleum Institute, Environmental Working Group, and antihunger group ActionAid USA jointly said at a Mar. 11 press event.

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