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New study finds wide variations in gathering systems’ methane samples

Samples of methane emissions from 114 natural gas gathering stations and 16 processing plants across 13 states found wide variations in amounts actually released, a recent study revealed. Researchers at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Carnegie Mellon University, and Aerodyne Research took the samples over 20 weeks starting in October 2013.

Operators cutting methane emissions

Cuts in methane emissions from oil and gas production ought to be combined with aggressive efforts to curb excessive carbon dioxide releases, producers and others said during a December event.

Emissions from liquid unloadings vary by region

A recent study by the University of Texas at Austin and the environmental testing firm URS indicated that a small percentage of wells account for the majority of methane emissions from liquid unloadings at US natural gas wells.

Senators’ bill aims to curb flaring by expediting permit process

North Dakota and Wyoming’s US senators introduced legislation that aims to capture methane and reduce flaring by expediting procedures for obtaining permits for natural gas gathering lines on federal and Indian lands.

USW union workers add two BP refineries to strike list

Union workers at two BP PLC-owned refineries in Indiana and Ohio have joined the United Steelworkers union’s (USW) unfair labor practice (ULP) strike against the oil industry that began on Feb. 1 after a breakdown in discussions with companies regarding collective bargaining agreements over pay, benefits, and health and safety standards.

Association presidents want more access in next 5-year OCS plan

The presidents of three major US oil and gas trade associations urged the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to keep more of the US Outer Continental Shelf available for oil and gas leasing as the agency prepared to begin public meetings about the draft proposed 2017-22 US OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program.

Watching Government: EPA's ozone proposal

Witnesses from the US oil and gas industry and other businesses strongly spoke out on Jan. 29 against the US Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to reduce the ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard from 75 ppb.

BOEM schedules public meetings about draft proposed 5-year OCS plan

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold the first of 20 public meetings in Washington on Feb. 9 to receive public comments on potential environmental impacts of the draft proposed 2017-22 5-year US Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program. The US Department of the Interior and BOEM released the draft on Jan. 27.

Union strike ongoing at US refineries as negotiations continue

A strike by union workers at nine US refining and petrochemical production plants remains under way as the United Steelworkers Union (USW) continue to negotiate collective bargaining agreements over pay, benefits, and health and safety standards with oil companies.

The budget vision

Just because the budget proposed for fiscal 2016 by President Barack Obama mimics six predecessors in its treatment of oil and gas and again has no hope for congressional approval, the document merits concern.

AOPL releases 2015 safety performance and strategic planning report

The Association of Oil Pipe Lines is committed to further improvements despite a 99.99% safe petroleum liquids delivery rate, AOPL Pres. and Chief Executive officer Andrew J. Black said as the organization released the 2015 API-AOPL Annual Liquids Pipeline Safety Performance Report & Strategic Plan on Feb. 5.

Congressional Republicans renew bid to halt sue-and-settle maneuvers

Calling it an affront to regulatory accountability that results in unchecked compliance burdens, US Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and US Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) reintroduced bills to keep federal agencies from privately negotiating consent decrees or settlements of legal actions without including potentially affected parties.

Goodlatte reintroduces bills to repeal, reform RFS

Calling it “a true ‘kitchen table’ issue,” US Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) reintroduced a pair of bills to address problems in the federal Renewable Fuels Standard. HR 703 would eliminate the RFS outright, while HR 704 would end the RFS’s corn-based ethanol quotas and bar the US Environmental Protection Agency administrator from approving introduction of gasoline with more than 10% ethanol.

Alberta’s premier seeks more North American energy integration

Better policy integration and cooperation will be needed for Canada, Mexico, and the US to fully realize the North American energy renaissance’s potential, Alberta Premier Jim Prentice said. Unfortunately, trends are leading more toward fragmentation and confrontation, he warned.

BP trims capital budget by $4-6 billion

BP PLC plans an organic capital expenditure of $20 billion in 2015, down from the previous guidance $24-26 billion. Total organic capital expenditure in 2014 was $22.9 billion, lower than its initial guidance of $24-25 billion.

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