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MSRC, Alaska Maritime working together on nontank vessel regs

Marine Spill Response Corp. (MSRC) and Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network announced a strategic alliance to support industry’s efforts to meet federal regulations for nontank vessels and to enhance oil spill response efforts in western Alaska and Prince William Sound.

NEB responds to Manitoba gas pipeline explosion

Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) responded to a pipeline incident that occurred Jan. 25 in an isolated area near the town of Otterburne, 25 km south of Winnipeg, Manitoba, on a sweet natural gas pipeline owned and operated by TransCanada Pipeline Inc. (TCPL).

Court ruling’s impact on existing Alaska OCS leases uncertain

A federal appeals court ruled a portion of the environmental impact statements prepared prior to federal oil and gas leasing off Alaska’s Arctic coast was improperly prepared, and sent the matter back to the district court that heard the lawsuit for further action.

US, Canadian transportation boards want tougher oil-by-rail rules

In an unprecedented move, the US and Canadian national transportation boards simultaneously called for tougher regulations covering shipments of crude oil by rail.

US appeals court won’t allow rehearing of California LCFS lawsuit

A federal appeals court in California refused to accept a petition to rehear a challenge to the state’s low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS), which three of the court’s judges dismissed last year. The ruling could be appealed to the US Supreme Court.

EU axes national renewable-energy goals

The European Union will abandon national mandates for renewable-energy use after 2020 under a framework on climate and energy for 2030 proposed Jan. 22 by the European Commission.

Enbridge suffers leak on Alberta Clipper crude pipeline

Enbridge Inc. shut down and isolated a section of its 450,000-b/d Line 67 (Alberta Clipper) crude oil pipeline south of Regina, Sask., Jan. 19 after a 125-bbl release from piping within the Rowatt pumping station.

NTSB issues initial report on Casselton, ND, oil train incident

A BNSF crude oil tanker train’s Dec. 30 collision with a derailed train carrying grain near Casselton, ND, caused $6.1 million of damage and spilled more than 400,000 gal of crude, the National Transportation Safety Board said in its initial report on the incident.

Wyden, Rockefeller request crude oil transportation examination

The chairman of two US Senate committees asked US Sec. of Energy Ernest G. Moniz and US Sec. of Transportation Anthony Foxx to fully examine crude oil transportation in the wake of several recent rail accidents.

Old policies vs. new realities

The single biggest oil and gas question for 2014 may be whether long-cherished US policies and assumptions can change to reflect surprising new realities. The fact that it's also going to be an election year isn't encouraging.

PHMSA issues safety alert on Bakken crude flammability

The US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a safety alert to shippers and carriers, emergency responders, and the general public that Bakken crude should be handled carefully because it may be more flammable than other grades.

No injuries after collision ignites North Dakota oil train fire

A BNSF Rail Co. train carrying crude oil caught fire Dec. 30 after it struck a derailed train carrying agricultural products west of Fargo, ND. Residents of the nearby town of Casselton returned to their homes Jan. 1 after a voluntary evacuation order was lifted. No injuries were reported.

BLM Rock Springs office issues Monell-Arch field decision

The US Bureau of Land Management found no significant potential impact from Anadarko Petroleum Corp.’s proposed development of the Monell and Arch units of the Patrick Draw oil and gas field, BLM’s Rock Springs field office said as it issued a decision record.

EPA inquiry finds 2010 action in Texas followed procedures

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 6 office followed established procedures when it issued an emergency order to a Range Resources Inc. division in Texas in 2010 that it withdrew 2 years later, the agency’s inspector general’s office concluded.

Chesapeake Appalachia settles federal water pollution charges

A Chesapeake Energy Corp. subsidiary agreed to spend $6.5 million to restore 27 sites damaged by unauthorized discharges of fill material into streams and wetlands at its West Virginia natural gas production sites to settle charges that it violated the Clean Water Act, the US Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency jointly announced on Dec. 19.

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