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EAGE: Stall continues for Lebanon licensing round

Lebanon’s Petroleum Administration (LPA) awaits government action to finalize the country’s licensing round announced Apr. 18, 2013. A spokesman from Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) represented the Lebanon’s Petroleum Administration in absentia at the European Association of Geophysicists & Engineers’ annual conference on June 17.

Gerard, McGarvey urge Senate to act on Keystone XL

The increasingly unsettled Middle East situation makes it more important than ever for the US Senate to press the Obama administration for approval of the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline’s border permit, leaders of the American Petroleum Institute and the nation’s building and trades unions said.

Russia shuts off natural gas shipments to Ukraine

Russia’s OAO Gazprom has halted shipments of natural gas to Ukraine after the collapse of negotiations over gas prices. The shutdown is the first since January 2009.

Extreme agenda shaped emissions proposal by EPA

Architects of the US Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to cut carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants have no intention of stopping with coal.

Opposing groups want the SEC to write new foreign payment rules

The US Securities and Exchange Commission should move quickly to write new disclosure requirements for publicly traded US oil, gas, and mining companies' payments to foreign governments, participants in a June 9 Brookings Institution forum agreed.

Investigation under way into Chinese plant explosion

A joint team of local government agencies is investigating an explosion that occurred on June 9 at Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical Co. Ltd.’s refining and petrochemical complex in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China.

Next 5-year OCS plan to include South, Mid-Atlantic G&G data

The US Department of the Interior’s next 5-year Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas program will likely include fresh geologic and geophysical (G&G) data for the South and Mid-Atlantic OCS, US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Acting Director Walter D. Cruickshank said.

BLM approves Noble’s eastern Nevada exploration drilling plans

The US Bureau of Land Management approved Noble Energy Inc.’s plan to drill exploratory oil and gas wells in the Tabor Flats area about 4 miles northwest of Wells, Nev., BLM’s Wells field office announced.

US backs new MENA supply growth, official says

The US recognizes there are many important oil and gas opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Persian Gulf, and Eastern Mediterranean, and intends to ensure they are cooperatively developed in ways that benefit all people in the countries involved, a US Department of State official told a US House subcommittee.

Opposing groups want SEC to write new foreign payment rules

The US Securities and Exchange Commission should move quickly to write new disclosure requirements for publicly traded US oil, gas, and mining companies’ payments to foreign governments, participants in a June 9 Brookings Institution forum agreed. But they continued to disagree over the requirements’ structure.

Watching Government: When gas must replace coal

US oil and gas producers were only indirectly affected by the US Environmental Protection Agency's June 2 announcement of stricter carbon emissions limits for existing coal-fired power plants.

Group sues to halt California refinery revamp

A California-based environmental group has filed a lawsuit requesting a state superior court to revoke a permit that would allow Chevron Corp. to proceed with its long-delayed plan for a $1 billion modernization project at the 257,000-b/d Richmond, Calif., refinery.

Federal chemical safety working group issues initial status report

An online best practices repository has been established as one of several early steps to improve chemical plant safety and security, a federal interagency working group said in its initial status report to US President Barack Obama. The president issued an executive order for its formation on Aug. 1, 2013. The status report followed progress updates in December and February.

The US acts—finally

Finally, the US has done something in response to climate change. The country has done nothing about global warming, of course. Global mean temperature won't change measurably because one country cut power-plant emissions of carbon dioxide by 30%.

CSB reports unrecognized pipe buckling contributed to Macondo oil spill

An incident similar to the 2010 deepwater Macondo well blowout and resulting oil spill still could occur, the US Chemical Safety Board reported June 5 in releasing its investigation findings into the 2010 incident.

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