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Watching Government: Curbing methane emissions

Fugitive methane emissions from natural gas operations are a significant global warming pollution source that should be reduced sharply, a new working paper from the World Resources Institute asserts.

AFPM petitions US Supreme Court to overturn E15 decision

The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) asked the US Supreme Court to overturn the District of Columbia Circuit Appeals Court’s August 2012 decision to dismiss it and other oil industry associations’ legal challenges of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s partial approval of gasoline with a 15% ethanol blend.

Canada publishes onshore pipeline regulations

Canada’s National Energy Board has published “Regulations Amending the Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999. The regulations clarify requirements for federally regulated pipelines regarding management systems, with the purpose of protecting the public, workers, and the environment, according to NEB.

McCarthy promises collaborative, commonsense approach at EPA

Gina McCarthy pledged to use a collaborative, commonsense approach if the US Senate confirms her nomination to become the US Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator.

ConocoPhillips cancels 2014 Chukchi exploration plans

ConocoPhillips has cancelled plans to drill in the Chukchi Sea because of federal regulatory uncertainty, the company said Apr. 10.

Bill due to remove corn ethanol from RFS

Bipartisan legislation will be introduced to remove corn-based ethanol from the federal Renewable Fuels Standard in 2014, a group of US House members announced on Apr. 10.

BSEE issues new rule increasing offshore safety requirements

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement issued a new Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) rule for offshore oil and gas activity that aims to improve SEMS requirements under the original workplace safety rule that became effective on Nov. 15, 2010.

EIA: US energy-related carbon dioxide emissions at lowest levels since 1994

US energy-related carbon dioxide emissions reached 5.3 billion tonnes in 2012—the nation’s lowest level since 1994, the US Energy Information Administration reported.

BP planning to sell US wind business

BP PLC plans to sell its US wind energy business as part of a continuing effort to focus on oil and gas operations.

PHMSA, Arkansas attorney general act after ExxonMobil pipeline leak

The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a corrective action order on Apr. 2 preventing ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. (EMP) from restarting operations on a leaking Arkansas crude oil pipeline until satisfactory repairs have been made and immediate safety concerns have been addressed.

Federal judge favors CSB access to Transocean data on Macondo

A federal judge in Houston has upheld the US Chemical Safety Board’s legal authority to investigate the April 2010 deepwater Macondo well blowout and subsequent explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon semisubmersible in the Gulf of Mexico, which resulted in a massive oil spill.

ExxonMobil Pipeline addressing Arkansas crude oil spill

ExxonMobil Pipeline Co.’s 20-in. OD, 848-mile Pegasus crude oil pipeline ruptured Mar. 29 near Mayflower, Ark., about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock. The pipeline has been shut in and crews are working to contain the spill.

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Flores, House members file bill to curb ESA settlement abuses

US Rep. Bill Flores (R-Tex.) introduced a bill that aims to curb costs and regulations resulting from federal Endangered Species Act closed-door litigation settlements between the US Fish and Wildlife Service and environmental organizations.

UK group expands relief-well plan guidelines

The Well Life Cycle Practices Forum, a UK group formed in response to the Macondo tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, has published a second edition of its guidelines for relief-well planning for work on the UK continental shelf (OGJ Online, July 31, 2012).

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