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North Dakota lawmakers mull Bakken crude regulations

Oil producers in North Dakota’s Bakken and Three Forks formations could be required to strip gases from crude oil showing high vapor pressure before transporting the oil under new standards being considered by the North Dakota Industrial Commission, which met Nov. 13.

Landrieu, Cassidy push separate Keystone XL bills toward votes

US Sen. Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.) and US Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who face a Dec. 6 runoff for her seat, presented separate bills to approve the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline’s crossborder permit, on Nov. 12. House Republican leaders immediately scheduled a vote on Cassidy’s bill for the following day.

FWS lists Gunnison sage grouse as a threatened species

The US Fish and Wildlife Service listed the Gunnison sage grouse—a ground-dwelling bird found only in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah—as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act. Government officials in both states and oil and gas producers called the action unnecessary while environmental organizations said it did not go far enough.

New API standards cover offshore drilling, production structures

The American Petroleum Institute published five new recommended practices (RPs) for the design, construction, and maintenance of structures used in offshore oil and gas drilling and production.

CSB releases final report on Chevron Richmond refinery fire

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has issued the final regulatory report on its investigation of the August 2012 pipe rupture and ensuing fire at Chevron Corp.’s 257,000-b/d Richmond, Calif., refinery, in which the agency reinforced its call for a more-rigorous approach to safety management at US refineries.

BLM issues EA about proposed eastern Utah gas interconnect lines

The US Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on an environmental assessment analyzing 2 proposed Enduring Resources LLC Rockhouse-Anadarko interconnect pipelines in eastern Utah. Written or e-mailed comments will be accepted until Nov. 21, BLM’s Vernal field office said.

Surveys: process, progress

The closing of the year is an interesting time for editors at Oil & Gas Journal. For some, it marks an opportunity to breathe that deep sigh of relief and reflect thankfully on a body of work well-executed and now behind them. For others, however, it signals the start of a frantic race to deliver our readers the biggest, most challenging projects undertaken all year.

Rejecting the shrill

Newly amplified warnings about climate change had to compete in the US with shrill, last-minute political advertising before the party of climate activism suffered humiliation in midterm elections.

IPAA: Federal agency’s ESA prelisting proposal lacks assurances

A US Forest Service proposal on voluntary actions to manage species before they are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act falls significantly short, the Independent Petroleum Association of America said.

Better transportation seen as key to North American energy promise

Significant transportation improvements will be essential for North America to fully realize its dramatically brighter oil and gas future, speakers agreed during a Nov. 6 discussion at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Obama determined to let Keystone XL review process ‘play out’

US President Barack Obama reiterated his stance on Nov. 5 that the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline’s ongoing cross-border permit review process should be allowed to proceed amid suggestions that Republicans winning majority control of the Senate in elections a day earlier opens the way for congressional legislation on the matter to reach his desk.

Fire hits PDVSA’s Curacao refinery

Petroleos de Venezuela SA's 335,000-b/d Isla refinery on the island of Curacao continues to operate normally following a Nov. 5 fire that struck one of the plant’s gas processing units.

EPA greenlights Texas GHG permitting program

The US Environmental Protection Agency has approved the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) program to issue greenhouse gas permits for new and modified facilities.

DOE to host gas infrastructure, methane emissions workshop

The US Department of Energy will hold a natural gas infrastructure and methane emissions workshop Nov. 12-13 in Pittsburgh as part of a broader examination of gas transmission systems from the wellhead to the end-user that it announced in late July.

A Republican priority

The possibility that elections this month will give Republicans control of both houses of Congress raises hope for an overdue taming of the US Environmental Protection Agency.

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