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Statoil’s oil sands production saw slight decline in 2013

Statoil ASA reported a slight decrease in its oil sands production in 2013 because of a planned multiweek plant shutdown for facility maintenance and the integration of new scientific research and experimental development measures, according to the company’s 2013 Oil Sands Report.

Balancing climate change

Instructive timing is at work in the publication this month and last of two major reports in the Fifth Assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Anadarko settles legacy claims against Kerr-McGee for $5.15 billion

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and subsidiaries it acquired when it bought Kerr-McGee Corp. in 2006 agreed to pay $5.15 billion to settle fraudulent conveyance allegations brought by the US government and co-plaintiff Anadarko Litigation Trust in the bankruptcy of Tronox Inc.

USCG: ‘Chain of errors’ led to Shell drilling unit running aground

A US Coast Guard (USCG) investigation has found that a “chain of errors” led to the Royal Dutch Shell PLC conical drilling unit, the Kulluk, running aground on Sitkalidak Island, Alas., in December 2012.

AMP files FERC request for abandonment of Midla Pipeline

American Midstream Partners LP (AMP) has filed a request with the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to abandon use of its 1920s vintage Midla “Mainline” pipeline.

PG&E indicted for San Bruno explosion

A federal grand jury has indicted Pacific Gas & Electric Co. on twelve counts of violating the federal Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 1968 in relation to the Sept. 9, 2010, explosion of a portion of its 30-in. OD Line 132 in San Bruno, Calif.

BLM launches EIS on existing White River National Forest leases

The US Bureau of Land Management initiated an environmental impact statement on 65 existing oil and gas leases in Colorado’s White River National Forest. The move came after the US Department of the Interior’s Board of Land Appeals identified National Environmental Policy Act deficiencies in the leases.

Workshops planned on offshore voluntary near-miss reporting system

Workshops will be held Apr. 22 in Los Angeles and Apr. 24 in Houston to discuss the federal government’s new voluntary near-miss reporting system for oil and gas producers, the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced in a Mar. 31 Federal Register notice.

Marking milestones

It's said that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. While that may be the case most years—and most definitely was the case this year, if one considers the weather in Houston alone—this particular March marked a few milestones for the oil and gas industry worth noting here.

White House eyes steps to curb oil, gas methane emissions

The White House announced additional steps to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations as part of a broader strategy. They included regulations to be proposed later this year by the US Bureau of Land Management to curb natural gas flaring on public lands.

FWS lists lesser prairie chicken as threatened species

The US Fish and Wildlife Service listed the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species. While the Mar. 27 final rule fell short of the endangered status many environmental organizations sought, it also disappointed Midcontinent oil and gas producers and others involved in a five-state environmental impact mitigation effort to make any federal listing unnecessary.

Approaches in contrast

Two approaches to climate change contrast instructively in the US. One of them reflects the cost-blind absolutism fast dismantling support for programs aimed at lowering emissions of greenhouse gases.

MARKET WATCH: NYMEX oil climbs back above $100/bbl

Crude oil futures on the New York market climbed above $100/bbl for the first time in a week on Mar. 26. The momentum continued in early Mar. 27 trading as two US government agencies issued positive economic indicators that could mean higher oil demand, analysts said.

EPA leads investigation of crude discharge at BP Whiting refinery

The US Environmental Protection Agency took formal charge of investigation and cleanup efforts after an undetermined amount of crude oil spilled into Lake Michigan from BP PLC’s Whiting, Ind., refinery.

HSC remains closed, fuel cleanup continues after barge collision

The Houston Ship Channel (HSC) remained closed to unauthorized vessels Mar. 24 as the result of a temporary emergency safety zone being established and enforced following the Mar. 22 collision between the M/V Summer Wind bulk carrier and the Kirby Barge 27706 in the channel near Texas City, Tex., resulting in the release of about 160,000 gal of bunker fuel oil being transported by the barge, according to statements from the Port of Houston Authority (PHA). The barge had the capacity to transport 924,000 gal of the fuel.

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Sale of Oil and Gas Leases

Notice of Sale of Oil and Gas Leases

 

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