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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. “I would not anticipate the president would sign this piece of legislation,” Press Sec. Josh Earnest said during the regular daily briefing.

House to vote Jan. 9 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. Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), an incoming member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, plans to introduce the measure when the 114th Congress convenes on Jan. 6.

And now, the Watchies for 2014

Before we get much farther into the new year, let's look back on the old. 2014 was disappointing in several respects, but there were some bizarre - and occasionally bright - moments which deserve to be recognized. It's time to issue this column's latest set of "Watchies."

Colorado commission to resume hearing on oil, gas fines, penalties

Colorado’s Oil & Gas Conservation Commission was scheduled to resume a hearing at 9 a.m. MST on Jan. 5 on implementing legislation which would increase fines and penalties for companies which violate the state’s comprehensive oil and gas regulations.

IEA finds US energy policy improved in latest in-depth review

US energy policies have come into sharper focus in the last six years, the International Energy Agency said in its latest periodic review. It specifically cited the US Department of Energy's establishment of a Quadrennial Energy Review and US President Barack Obama's strategy to address climate change as major steps since 2008.

EPA finalizes methane emissions control rule, proposes another

The US Environmental Protection Agency issued a final regulation aimed at improving the clarity and consistency of oil and gas data submitted to its greenhouse-gas reporting program (GHGRP).

Conflict at depth

Under new management, the US Senate will make the Keystone XL pipeline its first order of business in 2015 and energy in general a focus of continuing attention. Those subjects do need work. Open questions are whether Republicans understand the depth of the conflict and are prepared to argue their positions at all levels.

Fuel cell cars

The hype surrounding Toyota Motor's recent announcement that it will begin selling a car powered by hydrogen fuel cells in the US next year obscures an inconvenient truth.

BIS lists six considerations for condensate as a potential export

The US Bureau of Industry and Security listed six considerations it will use to help determine whether US-produced crude oil condensate is a petroleum product eligible for export.

Keystone XL looms large as 114th Congress prepares to meet

The US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee scheduled a hearing for Jan. 7 on legislation to approve the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline project.

Trinidad and Tobago to develop ‘master plan’ for gas development

Trinidad and Tobago’s government has hired UK-based consulting firm Poten & Partners to develop a natural gas master plan for the Caribbean twin-island nation.

BLM prepares preliminary EA for protective lease sale in Idaho

The US Bureau of Land Management has prepared a preliminary environmental assessment analyzing potential impacts of offering five parcels totaling more than 6,350 acres in Payette County, Ida., east of Boise.

BLM seeks comments on gas pipeline to Utah oil upgrading plant

The US Bureau of Land Management’s Moab, Utah, field office is seeking public comments on Gray Canyon Energy LLC’s proposal to build a natural gas pipeline to its planned 9,000 b/d crude oil upgrading facility 3.2 miles east of the town of Green River in Emery County.

Vietnam, Japan sign MOU for grassroots Vietnamese refinery

State-run Vietnam National Petroleum Corp. (Petrolimex) and JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp., a subsidiary of JX Holdings Inc., have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly develop a 10 million-tonnes/year refining and petrochemical complex to be located in Van Phong Economic Zone in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam.

Barton introduces bill to remove US crude export limits

US Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) introduced legislation that would remove US crude oil export limits that have been in place for nearly 40 years.

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