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Outgoing Maryland governor moving ahead on fracing regulations

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley plans to propose regulations that would allow hydraulic fracturing in western Maryland provided that natural gas companies adhere to certain restrictions to limit the risks of water contamination and air pollution.

AFPM files notice of intent to sue EPA over 2015 RFS

The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers filed a notice of intent to sue the US Environmental Protection Agency for failing to issue the 2015 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on time.

EPA will set RFS requirements for this year next year

How bad does regulation of the Renewable Fuel Standard have to become before the US Congress ends a program broken beyond repair?

EPA proposes tighter ground-level ozone pollution controls

The US Environmental Protection Agency proposed reducing ground-level emissions limits to 65-70 ppb from their current level of 75 ppb. It also will take comments on possibly cutting limits to 60 ppb.

BSEE extends platform aviation safety proposal comment period

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement extended the public comment period on its proposed regulations to improve the safety of helideck and aviation fuel operations on fixed offshore facilities until Dec. 24.

EPA air proposals should recognize progress, API official says

The US Environmental Protection Agency should recognize progress that is continuing before it considers imposing costly new air quality requirements, an American Petroleum Institute official suggested.

Fatal Echo platform explosion occurred during maintenance work

Fieldwood Energy LLC, Houston, reported that the Nov. 20 explosion at its West Delta 105 “E” platform, known as Echo, occurred as employees of Fieldwood-contracted Turnkey Cleaning Services (TCS) were cleaning a heater-treater.

DOI, Colorado announce Roan Plateau development dispute settlement

A dispute over development of federal natural gas leases on the Roan Plateau in western Colorado that were issued in 2008 has been settled, the US Department of the Interior and Colorado state government jointly announced in Denver.

Deloitte: US gas supplies rebuilt since last winter, EIA's Sieminski says

The biggest issue this winter could be electricity generation in New England because of pipeline constraints rather than a drawdown of stored natural gas as happened last winter because of severe cold weather, said Adam Sieminski, administrator for the US Energy Information Administration.

EPA won’t finalize RFS’s 2014 biofuel quotas before yearend

The US Environmental Protection Agency announced it will not finalize 2014 biofuel quotas under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) before yearend. The American Petroleum Institute and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers each said EPA’s Nov. 21 announcement demonstrates again that it’s time for Congress to repeal or dramatically reform the RFS.

Worker killed in platform explosion offshore Louisiana

An explosion that occurred on Nov. 20 at the Fieldwood Energy LLC-operated West Delta 105 E offshore platform, also known as Echo, in the Gulf of Mexico, 12 miles offshore New Orleans, killed one contracted employee and seriously injuring another, according to reports from the company and US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

Total joins global climate initiatives

Total SA, in what it describes as a consolidation of its efforts to address climate change, will support initiatives of the United Nations Global Compact, the World Bank, and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC).

AFPM: Oregon’s proposed low-carbon fuel standard unconstitutional

Oregon’s proposed low-carbon fuel standards (LCFS) program is unconstitutional, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers said in comments submitted in response to the state’s Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Clean Fuels Program Phase 2 rulemaking and proposed rule changes.

Senate debates, then barely rejects, Keystone XL approval bill

The US Senate finally debated a bill authorizing construction of the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline on Nov. 18 before rejecting the measure by a single vote. Republicans vowed to bring the measure back once they assume majority control in January.

National Forest in Va., W.Va., leaves fracing to state governments

The George Washington National Forest in Virginia and West Virginia will allow some oil and gas activity using hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling under its new final forest plan, which was released in Roanoke, Va., on Nov. 18.

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