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Business leaders urge Obama to approve Keystone XL permit

Three major US business organizations sent a letter to US President Barack Obama urging him to approve the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline’s cross-border permit.

Role of gas will be limited in climate-change battle, experts note

Natural gas potentially can help address global climate change, but its contributions will be limited, certain experts agreed.

API suit challenges EPA’s 2013 ethanol volume requirements

The American Petroleum Institute petitioned the US Environmental Protection Agency to review 2013 ethanol volume requirements the oil and gas trade association considers unrealistic.

Zichal resigns as chief White House energy and climate advisor

Heather Zichal has resigned as US President Barack Obama’s deputy assistant for energy and climate change. Recently the White House’s main public voice on such matters, she was a major architect of the climate change initiative Obama announced in June.

BP's Dudley defends company's Macondo spill-response tactics

BP PLC's Chief Executive Officer Bob Dudley has denied that his company deliberately delayed capping of the Macondo well—which suffered a blowout in April 2010, resulting in a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico—saying that such suggestions defy logic and common sense.

AFPM seeks new hearing on California LCFS appeal decision

The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers petitioned a federal appeals court to rehear its argument that California’s low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) violates the US Constitution’s interstate commerce clause.

Appeal court sides with BP, halts some oil spill payments

BP PLC said it was “extremely pleased” by a federal appeals court in New Orleans that set aside the claims administrator’s interpretation of the business economic loss framework in a settlement agreement reached last year.

BP’s Dudley defends company’s Macondo spill-response tactics

BP PLC’s Chief Executive Officer Bob Dudley has denied that his company deliberately delayed capping of the Macondo well—which suffered a blowout in April 2010, resulting in a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico—saying that such suggestions defy logic and common sense.

PHMSA awards $46 million in pipeline safety grants to states

The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration awarded more than $46 million in pipeline safety grants to 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and 14 states will receive hazardous liquids pipeline safety grants.

Humans largely causing accelerated climate change, IPCC reiterates

It is extremely likely human activity has been the main global warming influence since the mid-20th century, a new report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded.

BSEE extends offshore safety proposals comment period

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement extended the public comment period on its proposed offshore safety requirements by 45 days.

BLM outlines strategy to clean up Alaska legacy wells

Half of the 136 wells the US government drilled in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska from 1944 to 1982 require no further action, the US Bureau of Land Management said as it issued its final plan to address these “legacy” wells.

WEC grades countries on energy-sustainability balance

Switzerland, Denmark, and Sweden top a three-dimensional ranking of energy sustainability in a new World Energy Council assessment.

Well-control trainer expanding syllabus

The International Well Control Forum, an independent standards-setting group focused on well-control training and accreditation, is expanding its syllabus to address subjects identified as causes of major incidents.

North Sea helicopter operations reviewed

The Civil Aviation Authority of the UK, Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority, and European Aviation Safety Agency have begun a joint review of helicopter operations in the North Sea in response to five accidents that have occurred during the past 4 years.

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