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More witnesses urge Congress to repeal US crude oil export ban

The US crude oil export ban is a 1970s anachronism that could hobble US production growth and restrict economic improvement if it is not repealed, three witnesses told a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee’s hearing on the matter. A fourth witness, however, warned that ending the export ban would lead to a hazardous US production increase that would then possibly lead to greater greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and threats to public safety.

House Transportation panel lambastes administration for safety delays

Members of a US House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee from both parties sternly criticized the Obama administration for delays in implementing pipeline and rail safety procedures as the systems carry more crude oil, ethanol, and other volatile materials.

California PUC fines PG&E record $1.4 billion for pipeline violations

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) fined Pacific Gas & Electric Co. a record $1.4 billion for the unsafe operation of its natural gas pipeline system in 2010, including an explosion in San Bruno, Calif., that killed 8 people, injured 66 more, and destroyed 38 homes.

DOI proposes new offshore BOP, well-control regulations

The US Department of the Interior proposed offshore oil and gas well-control regulations with more stringent design requirements and operational procedures for blowout preventers (BOPs) and blowout prevention technologies.

FWS lists northern long-eared bat as threatened species

The US Fish & Wildlife Service designated the northern long-eared bat (NLEB) a threatened species, but attached an interim special rule that it said eliminates unnecessary regulatory requirements for landowners, land managers, government agencies, and others in the animal's multistate range.

Watching Government: Fighting for offshore access

Amid loud celebrations of US onshore oil and gas potential from tight shale formations, National Ocean Industries Association Pres. Randall B. Luthi works hard to remind policymakers that what's waiting to be discovered and produced offshore still matters.

FWS's new ANWR management plan won't change coastal plain status yet

The US Fish & Wildlife Service formally adopted a previously announced plan to begin managing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness (OGJ Online, Jan. 26, 2015), but stopped short of designating ANWR's coastal plain as a wilderness study area that effectively would close it to oil and gas exploration and development.

BOEM seeks comments on Shell’s revised Chukchi Sea exploration plan

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management deemed Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc.’s revised multiyear Chukchi Sea exploration plan submitted, and sought public comments on the plan itself and questions to be addressed in an environmental assessment the US Department of the Interior agency is preparing.

EPA agrees to issue final 2014, 2015 biofuel quotas by Nov. 30

The US Environmental Protection Agency agreed to issue final biofuel quotas for 2014 and 2015 under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard by Nov. 30 in a tentative settlement of a lawsuit filed by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and American Petroleum Institute.

Southern Mid-Atlantic US senators petition for OCS revenue sharing

US senators from four southern Mid-Atlantic coastal states asked Energy and Natural Resources Committee leaders to consider comparable federal Outer Continental Shelf revenue sharing for oil and gas activity off their shores to what four US Gulf Coast states now receive.

Virginia taskforce says oil train safety largely up to federal officials

A Virginia Railroad Safety and Security Task Force issued a draft report saying rail safety issues are largely up to the US government to address. The taskforce was formed in response to an Apr. 30, 2014, derailment of a train carrying crude oil from the Bakken formation to York County, Va.

Gazprom Neft takes first batch of Iraqi crude

JSC Gazprom Neft has received the first delivery of Kirkuk-grade oil from Iraq as compensation for its investment in Badra field development in Wasit province.

COS report finds US offshore operations safer, can improve

The US offshore oil and gas industry is safer than ever, though there is still room to improve, according to the first annual performance report released Apr. 8 by the Center for Offshore Safety (COS).

Cedigaz: Russian gas market ‘facing numerous challenges’

The next decade will be critical for the Russian natural gas industry with the outcome largely depending on the nation’s pricing and institutional policies, according to a Cedigaz report, “Russian Gas Market: Entering New Era.”

Mexico takes flexible approach in its energy reforms, officials say

Mexico is responding to depressed crude oil prices by taking a flexible approach as it implements far-reaching energy reforms, officials said at an Atlantic Council event. “Low oil prices have an impact,” conceded Lourdes Melgar, Mexico’s deputy energy secretary for hydrocarbons. “Given that Mexico is the last country to open its energy sector, we are looking at other countries’ best practices.”

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