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Azerbaijan looks beyond energy successes for economic growth

Azerbaijan’s growing economy undoubtedly benefits from its oil and gas developments, but the country also has laid a strong foundation to move into other sectors that deserves closer attention, participants at a two-day conference agreed.

FERC releases final EIS for Cameron LNG project

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Apr. 30 released its final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Cameron Liquefaction Project, proposed by Cameron LNG LLC and Cameron Interstate Pipeline, concluding that construction and operation would result in some adverse environmental impacts.

API asks EPA for adequate margin of safety in 2014’s ethanol mandates

The US Environmental Protection Agency should be prepared to build in an adequate margin of safety when it develops final ethanol mandates for 2014 because forecasts often miss the mark, the American Petroleum Institute said in an Apr. 29 letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

States to investigate whether injection wells induce seismic events

State oil and gas regulators and geologic surveys are forming a working group with the Interstate Oil & Gas Conservation Commission and Groundwater Protection Council to examine whether a relationship exists between injection wells and seismic events in several states, IOGCC said on Apr. 29.

US DOS official: Ukraine event in 2009 prepared West for 2014 faceoff

Russia’s decision to curtail gas supplies to Ukraine—and ultimately, Europe—in January 2009 helped lay the foundation for more effective US and European responses to a similar showdown more than 5 years later, a US Department of State official said on Apr. 28.

EPA cuts 2013 cellulosic-ethanol mandate

The US Environmental Protection Agency lowered the amount of cellulosic ethanol required in 2013 to the amount actually produced, relieving refiners and importers of the need to buy credits to cover shortfalls against the earlier mandate.

DOS gives federal agencies more time for Keystone XL comments

Eight federal agencies preparing comments on the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline project's cross-border permit received additional time, the US Department of State announced.

Latest Keystone delay not political, White House spokesman says

The decision to give eight federal agencies more time to prepare comments about the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline project's cross-border permit was not political, White House Press Sec. Jay Carney said.

GAO: Scant information exists about NEPA analyses' costs, benefits

Little information exists about the costs and benefits of analyses required under the National Environmental Policy Act, the Government Accountability Office said.

Watching Government: Reporting offshore near-misses

Creating a more effective offshore oil and gas safety culture was on many people's minds as the fourth anniversary of the Macondo deepwater well disaster came and went on Apr. 20. One growing question involves the best ways to report near-misses.

Voters ready to respond to Keystone XL delays, API-sponsored poll finds

Candidates’ stances on whether to complete the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline and other energy issues potentially could affect midterm congressional elections this November, a survey commissioned by the American Petroleum Institute suggested.

Full set of tools needed for US Arctic spill response, NRC finds

A full slate of response tools will be needed to address crude oil spills in the US Arctic, but not all of those tools are readily available, the National Research Council said in a new report.

Turkey, Gazprom mull Blue Stream capacity increase

Turkey and OAO Gazprom have discussed a possible increase in natural gas capacity of the Blue Stream gas pipeline to 19 billion cu m/year from 16 bcm/year. Blue Stream, which extends through the Black Sea, handles more than half of all gas purchased by Turkey from Russia.

Latest Keystone delay isn’t political, White House spokesman says

The decision to give eight federal agencies more time to prepare comments about the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline project’s cross-border permit was not political, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

GAO: Scant data exists about NEPA analyses' costs, benefits

Little information exists about the costs and benefits of analyses required under the National Environmental Policy Act, the Government Accountability Office said.

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