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BOEM raises offshore oil spill liability limit to $134 million

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management increased the liability limit for oil-spill related damages from offshore operations to $134 million from $75 million. The change will go into effect in January 2015.

BP could be fined up to $13.7 billion for Macondo spill

The US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana ruled under Phase 2 of the MDL 2179 civil trial that 3.19 million bbl of oil were discharged into the Gulf of Mexico during the Macondo deepwater well incident in 2010. BP PLC previously was found negligent in the spill.

EPA proposes amendments to oil-spill contingency requirements

The US Environmental Protection Agency proposed amendments to federal requirements covering responses to crude-oil spills. Comments will be accepted for 90 days following the proposal’s publication in the Federal Register.

White House orders steps to curb oil and gas methane emissions

The Obama administration set a new goal to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector from 2012 levels by 40–45% by 2025, and a set of actions to put the US on a path to achieve this goal. Trade associations across the industry reiterated earlier statements that regulations would try to solve problems which already are being addressed.

Fire shutters operations at Russian refinery

Russian independent exploration and production company Urals Energy PCL, Nicosia, Cyprus, said a fire has led to suspended processing activities at subsidiary JSC Petrosakh’s 4,000-b/d refinery, located adjacent to Okruzhnoye field on the eastern coast of Sakhalin Island.

Fire suspends processing activities at Ohio refinery

Husky Energy Inc., Calgary, temporarily has shut down operations at its 160,000-b/d Lima, Ohio, refinery following an explosion and ensuing fire that hit one of the plant’s processing units over the weekend.

California Bay Area advances plan for enhanced refinery regulations

California's Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), the public agency responsible for regulating stationary sources of air pollution in the nine counties that surround San Francisco Bay, is moving forward with its plan to impose further emissions cuts on area refiners within the next 5 years.

Nebraska Supreme Court vacates lower court’s Keystone XL ruling

Nebraska’s Supreme Court vacated a lower court’s decision that legislation transferring authority to determine the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline’s route across the state to the governor from the Public Service Commission was unconstitutional.

 

Pompeo reintroduces gas pipeline permitting reform bill

US Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) reintroduced legislation he offered in 2014 to help improve federal processing of applications to construct natural gas pipelines. The bill, HR 161, aims to overcome delays when other federal agencies fail to move quickly during the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s review process.

Murkowski Keystone XL bill clears committee, heads for Senate floor

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee marked up and approved Chair Lisa Murkowski’s bill approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The 13-9 vote sends the measure to the full Senate, which is expected to debate and vote on it next week.

SPDC agrees to £55 million settlement with Bodo community

Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary Shell Petroleum Development Co. of Nigeria Ltd. (SPDC), reported signing a £55-million settlement agreement with the Bodo community in respect of the two operational spills in 2008.

API includes other sources in broader State of American Energy report

The American Petroleum Institute broadened its fifth annual State of American Energy report as it included solar, nuclear, hydropower, wind, coal, geothermal, biomass, and energy efficiency as well as oil and gas.

White House: Obama won’t sign bill approving Keystone XL

The White House signaled that US President Barack Obama will not sign a bill approving construction of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline if one reaches his desk. “I would not anticipate the president would sign this piece of legislation,” Press Sec. Josh Earnest said during the regular daily briefing.

Pemex advances clean energy plans at Salina Cruz refinery

Mexico’s Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) is in the process of converting its Antonio Dovali Jaime refinery in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, to operate on cleaner, more affordable fuels as part of the country’s recently inaugurated energy reform legislation.

House to vote Jan. 9 on bill to approve Keystone XL project

The US House of Representatives majority has scheduled a Jan. 9 vote on a bill to approve the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline project. Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), an incoming member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, plans to introduce the measure when the 114th Congress convenes on Jan. 6.

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