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US, Canadian transportation boards want tougher oil-by-rail rules

In an unprecedented move, the US and Canadian national transportation boards simultaneously called for tougher regulations covering shipments of crude oil by rail.

US appeals court won’t allow rehearing of California LCFS lawsuit

A federal appeals court in California refused to accept a petition to rehear a challenge to the state’s low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS), which three of the court’s judges dismissed last year. The ruling could be appealed to the US Supreme Court.

Operators await details as Mexico implements energy reforms

International oil and gas companies keenly await more details as Mexico’s Congress drafts and debates secondary laws to implement its recently passed energy reforms. Opinions vary on whether Mexico can meet the deadlines it scheduled for secondary laws and the creation of various regulatory groups.

EU axes national renewable-energy goals

The European Union will abandon national mandates for renewable-energy use after 2020 under a framework on climate and energy for 2030 proposed Jan. 22 by the European Commission.

Old onshore concession ends in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) has become the sole shareholder of Abu Dhabi Co. for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO) after the expiration this month of a 75-year-old concession involving participation by international oil companies.

EPA inquiry finds 2010 action in Texas followed procedures

The US Environmental Protection Agency's Region 6 office followed established procedures when it issued an emergency order to a Range Resources Inc. division in Texas in 2010 that it withdrew 2 years later, the agency's inspector general's office concluded.

Watching Government: Making a difficult decision

The Western Energy Alliance asked the US Department of the Interior's Board of Land Appeals on Jan. 13 to overturn Bureau of Land Management Utah Director Juan Palma's Nov. 14, 2013, decision to defer 57 tracts from an oil and gas lease sale 5 days later.

OGUK: Change needed to address UK exploration crisis

Malcolm Webb, chief executive officer of trade group Oil & Gas UK, said the UK has an exploration crisis and that change is urgently needed to address it.

Second phase critical in Mexico’s energy reforms, officials say

Mexico moved quickly once politicians there decided to adopt energy sector reforms, but the process’s second phase, which begins Feb. 1 and should be completed in 2 years, could be critical, an official of national oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) said.

SAFE: More oil production doesn’t guarantee US security

More US oil production potentially could provide real security benefits, but the nation will continue to be affected by global events, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) said in a recent report.

Institute for 21st Century Energy launches new campaign

The US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy launched a new advocacy platform, Energy Works for US, aimed at convincing the Obama administration and Congress to adopt policies that reflect the dramatically improved US energy outlook.

NTSB issues initial report on Casselton, ND, oil train incident

A BNSF crude oil tanker train’s Dec. 30 collision with a derailed train carrying grain near Casselton, ND, caused $6.1 million of damage and spilled more than 400,000 gal of crude, the National Transportation Safety Board said in its initial report on the incident.

Wyden, Rockefeller request crude oil transportation examination

The chairman of two US Senate committees asked US Sec. of Energy Ernest G. Moniz and US Sec. of Transportation Anthony Foxx to fully examine crude oil transportation in the wake of several recent rail accidents.

Energy a key element in US Chamber’s 2014 plans, Donohue says

Advancing and protecting the US energy revolution will be a key part of the US Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 strategy, Pres. Thomas J. Donohue said Jan. 8 in his annual State of American Business address.

Murkowski: Ban on US crude oil exports should end soon

Prohibition of US crude oil and condensate exports is an outmoded policy that should end soon as a first step in an overall energy export reassessment and reforms, US Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alas.) declared.

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