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Watching Government: Why call-ups are continuing

Western Energy Alliance members were fully aware that more significant federal onshore oil and gas policies are being developed in the nation's capital now than in the Rocky Mountains where the independent producers live and work.

Pennsylvania governor proposes natural gas severance tax

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf proposed a $29.9-billion budget on Mar. 3 that includes $2.5 billion of net tax increases for fiscal 2016, including a 5% severance tax on natural gas.

Maritime transportation is moving toward LNG, Brookings speakers say

Maritime industries’ use of LNG instead of diesel to fuel its vessels is changing from potential to reality, speakers agreed at a Mar. 3 discussion at the Brookings Foundation. New ship, barge, and boat orders increasingly specify dual-fuel capability, and LNG’s favorable economics are holding up surprisingly well despite the recent crude-oil price plunge, they said.

US Arctic priorities shortchange Alaskans’ needs, Senate panel told

As the US prepares to chair the Arctic Council later this year, it 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.

Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago sign energy accord

Venezuela and neighboring Trinidad and Tobago have signed an agreement that will enable both countries to develop the Manakin-Cocuina natural gas fields along their shared maritime border.

Senate vote to override Obama’s Keystone XL veto falls 5 votes short

The US Senate’s vote to override President Barack Obama’s veto of legislation authorizing construction of the proposed Keystone XL (KXL) crude oil pipeline fell 5 votes short of the necessary two-thirds majority. Sixty-two senators—including 4 Democrats—voted in the affirmative, while 37 voted no.

Western Australia’s EPA approves Gorgon LNG fourth train

The Environmental Protection Authority of Western Australia (EPAWA) has approved plans for expansion of the Gorgon-Jansz LNG project on Barrow Island into a fourth train.

Bear Head LNG requests DOE permits to export US natural gas

Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd.’s wholly owned subsidiaries, Bear Head LNG Corp. and Bear Head LNG LLC (USA), have filed an application with the US Department of Energy requesting authorization to export as much as 440 bcf/year of US natural gas to Canada and 8 million tonnes/year of LNG from Canada to free-trade agreement and non-FTA nations.

Pennsylvania governor proposes natural gas severance tax

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf proposed a $29.9 billion budget on Mar. 3 that includes $2.5 billion of net tax increases for fiscal 2016, including a 5% severance tax on natural gas.

BOEM proposes lease sale for western Gulf of Mexico

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will offer more than 21 million acres offshore Texas for oil and gas exploration and development, including all available unleased areas in the western Gulf of Mexico planning area, in Lease Sale 246, scheduled for August in New Orleans.

Shell Canada withdraws application for Pierre River heavy oil project

Shell Canada Ltd. has withdrawn its regulatory application for the proposed Pierre River heavy oil mine north of Fort McMurray.

Report notes strong Saudi fiscal ‘buffers’

Saudi Arabia has fiscal buffers enabling it to cover projected deficits while oil prices are low for at least 4 years and perhaps more than 8 years, according to an analyst at Arab Petroleum Investments Corp., Dammam.

Update of earlier NAM study still finds EPA ozone proposal costly

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed 65 ppb ozone standard could reduce US gross domestic product by $140 billion/year and create $1.1 trillion in compliance expenses from 2017 to 2040, National Economic Research Associates said in an update of a July 2014 study commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers.

GOM REVENUE SHARING-1 Lease sales drive gulf OCS revenues

The Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Energy Security Act of 2006 (GOMESA) provides for sharing offshore lease revenues in the GOM Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

Pennsylvania governor asks Obama for stronger crude-by-rail rules

Noting that 60-70 trains/week carry Bakken crude oil across Pennsylvania to the Philadelphia area or other East Coast refineries, Gov. Tom Wolf (D) asked US President Barack Obama for stronger federal regulations to prevent derailments and improve safety.

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