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Maryland’s AG opposes Mid-Atlantic OCS oil and gas leasing

Maryland Attorney General Martin E. Frosh (D) said he strongly opposes proposed oil and gas activity on the Mid-Atlantic US Outer Continental Shelf in comments submitted to the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

Chevron Canada applies with AER for 32 wells in Fox Creek area

Chevron Canada Resources has filed an application with Alberta Energy Regulator to drill 32 wells in the Duvernay formation in the Fox Creek area.

Tesoro launches restart of Martinez refinery following strike

Tesoro Corp. has launched a restart of its 166,000-b/d Golden Eagle refinery near Martinez, Calif., after an agreement was reached with a local union, ending a 52-day strike.

API asks BOEM not to cut already-restrictive offshore leasing draft

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s proposed 2017-22 draft proposed federal offshore oil and gas leasing program already is too restrictive and should not be reduced further, the American Petroleum Institute said in comments submitted to the US Department of the Interior agency.

Barclays: New fracturing regs will have limited effect on US oil, gas output

A recent US rule about hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands will have limited effect on existing US oil and natural gas production, said a Barclays Research analyst in New York.

BHI: US rig count plunges in 15th straight week

The US drilling rig count fell 56 units-41 of which targeted oil-to settle at 1,069 rigs working during the week ended Mar. 20, capping off the 15th consecutive week in declines, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

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Officials sounded almost supportive of oil and gas drilling when they explained new federal regulations for hydraulic fracturing to news reporters on Mar. 20.

CEQ should withdraw federal agency GHG guidance, CLNG recommends

A seventh US natural gas group joined six others in calling for the White House Council on Environmental Quality to withdraw revised guidance it issued in December for federal agencies considering greenhouse gas emission impacts of their decisions.

NPC report outlines prime Arctic oil and gas research needs

Most of the US Arctic’s offshore potential conventional oil and gas can be developed using existing field-proven technology, a new National Petroleum Council report said. But substantial work still needs to be done to win the necessary public confidence that it can be done safely and without damage to either the environment or Alaska’s indigenous communities, it added.

Wyoming seeks judicial review of BLM’s new fracing regulations

Wyoming’s government sued in response to the US Bureau of Land Management’s final rule covering hydraulic fracturing on onshore public and Indian tribal lands. Gov. Matt Mead (R) directed the Attorney General’s Office to petition for review of final agency action in US District Court for Wyoming on Mar. 26.

NGC asks CEQ to withdraw GHG guidance for agencies

Six US natural gas associations jointly asked the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to withdraw its December 2014 guidance for federal agencies to consider greenhouse gas emissions in their regulatory activities.

Senate Democrats offer bill to reduce crude volatility on rail cars

Four US Senate Democrats introduced a bill that would require reductions of volatility in crude oil shipped by rail. The bill, S. 859, also would halt the use of older-model tank cars that have been shown to be at higher risk for puncturing and catching fire during derailments, the measure’s sponsors said.

API, AAR develop crude-by-rail safety course for first responders

Associations representing the US oil and rail industries jointly announced a new safety course for first responders to crude-by-rail accidents.

DOE report identifies deficiencies in crude oil analysis techniques

A US Department of Energy report found gaps in important crude oil characterization data, uncertainty about how to best sample and analyze crude to ensure its properties are determined accurately, and deficiencies in understanding how a crude’s properties affect its potential to accidentally ignite, combust, and explode.

AFPM, groups challenge Oregon’s low-carbon fuel standard

Oregon’s low-carbon fuel standard violates the US constitution, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, American Trucking Associations, and Consumer Energy Alliance jointly charged in a lawsuit filed in US District Court for Oregon.

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