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BLM fracing variance inadequate, Wyo. official tells Senate panel

The US Bureau of Land Management's final hydraulic fracturing rule allows states with their own requirements to seek a variance under which their rules would apply if they were more stringent, BLM Director Neil Kornze told a US Senate Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee.

Erin Energy extends exploration period for blocks off Gambia

Erin Energy Corp., Houston, has received a 2-year extension until Dec. 31, 2018, for Blocks A2 and A5 offshore Gambia. The company holds 100% interest in both blocks, which lie 30 miles offshore.

OTC: BSEE reports 100% SEMS compliance after first cycle

Representatives from the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) assessed the progress of the agency's Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS) initiative at an Offshore Technology Conference breakfast in Houston on May 7.

OTC: Many variables dictate N. America's emergence as a global energy force

North American businesses and governments must work together toward the collective goal of advancing the continent's energy aspirations.

Oilex gets payment demand from Timor Leste

Timor Leste’s petroleum authority Autoirdade Nacional do Petroleo (ANP) has lodged a notice of intent to terminate Timor Gap permit JPDA 06-103 PSC, operated by Perth-based Oilex Ltd.

ANGA forum examines resistance to new gas pipeline projects

A growing public outcry from their constituents against mid-winter price spikes may be necessary to convince some public officials that supporting natural gas pipeline construction is in their own best interests, speakers agreed at a May 14 Infrastructure Week discussion hosted by America’s Natural Gas Alliance.

US House subcommittee examines gas pipeline permitting delays

Reforms should be considered to ease delays that have developed for interstate natural gas pipeline projects requiring federal permits, two witnesses told a US House Energy and Commerce subcommittee. But a third warned that trying to facilitate approvals is unnecessary and could jeopardize protections for states under three major federal statutes.

Murkowski, Heitkamp introduce bill to end US crude oil export ban

US Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alas.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) jointly introduced legislation that would end a 40-year ban on exports of crude oil produced in the US. Eleven more Senate Republicans cosponsored the measure.

WEA survey finds strong support nationwide for energy development

US voters strongly support developing resources on public lands, giving states more control over regulating such activities, and lifting the ban on exporting crude oil produced in the US, concluded a survey commissioned by the Western Energy Alliance.

Shell gets conditional approval for US Arctic drilling plan

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on May 11 conditionally approved Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc.’s revised multiyear exploration plan (EP) that proposes the drilling of as many as six wells on the Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea.

Gazprom, CNPC sign heads of agreement on western route

OAO Gazprom and China National Petroleum Corp. signed a heads of agreement for gas supply via the western route from Western Siberia to China. The companies had signed a framework agreement on the western route last November.

Senate Democrats offer bill to phase out older rail tank cars

Legislation to accelerate the phase-out of older rail tank cars to reduce accidental crude oil spills has been introduced by Finance Committee Ranking Minority Member Ronald L. Wyden (D-Ore.) and six other US Senate Democrats.

US, Canada jointly release crude-by-rail transportation rules

The US and Canada simultaneously issued new regulations governing transportation of crude oil and other hazardous materials by rail.

OTC: Brazil's 13th bid round will be concession model, energy minister says

Brazil will use a concession model rather than a production-sharing model in the country's 13th bid round later this year.

Capito’s bill aims to improve federal pipeline permitting process

US Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) introduced legislation aimed at modernizing and improving the timeframe for proposed oil and gas pipelines to get federal approval.

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