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Halliburton unit admits destroying Macondo incident evidence

Halliburton Energy Services Inc. agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence in connection with the Apr. 20, 2010, Macondo deepwater well blowout and fire in the Gulf of Mexico that took 11 lives and set off the biggest US crude oil spill in history, the US Department of Justice announced on July 25.

Wyden suggests Washington, states could divide fracing regulation

US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ronald L. Wyden (D-Ore.) said he plans to ask the committee’s members to consider dividing hydraulic fracturing regulatory responsibilities between states and the federal government.

Relief well planned to stop natural gas leak, rig fire in gulf

A flow of natural gas continues to fuel a fire on a jack up rig in the Gulf of Mexico, causing the derrick and drill floor structure to collapse, while responders review plans to drill a relief well. The troubled well, operated by Houston-based Walter Oil & Gas Corp., was drilled in 154 ft of water about 55 miles off Louisiana.

Fire ignites on evacuated jack up rig in Gulf of Mexico

A natural gas leak from an offshore well ignited a fire late on July 23 that spread to the Hercules 265 jack up rig while the rig was working for Walter Oil & Gas Corp. about 55 miles off Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement reported.

NETL continues fracturing study; report due by yearend

A US Department of Energy study continues to monitor for any signs of groundwater contamination stemming from hydraulic fracturing on the Marcellus shale formation in Pennsylvania, but it’s too early to draw any conclusion, the National Energy Technology Laboratory said in a July 19 statement.

Watson resigns as BSEE director, to lead ABS

James A. Watson has resigned as director of the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, and will become president of ABS Inc., a maritime and offshore classification services organization in Houston, in early September.

XTO settles federal water pollution charges in Pennsylvania

ExxonMobil Corp. subsidiary XTO Energy Inc. agreed to pay a $100,000 fine and to spend $20 million to improve wastewater management practices in Pennsylvania and West Virginia natural gas operations.

Senate confirms McCarthy’s nomination as EPA administrator

The US Senate confirmed the nomination of Gina McCarthy as administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency by 59 to 40 votes.

TransCanada: Keystone XL’s greenhouse gas impacts would be minimal

Greenhouse gas emissions from the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline would be minimal, TransCanada Corp., the project’s sponsor, reiterated in a letter to the US Department of State. The 3-7 million tonnes of additional emissions represents 0.06-0.1% of the 2011 national GHG inventory and would have an unmeasurable climate impact, it said.

FWS will take 6 more months in Gunnison sage grouse ESA review

The US Fish and Wildlife Service said it will take another 6 months to decide whether to designate the Gunnison sage grouse as an endangered species, and areas of southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah as critical habitat for the bird.

Canadian government plans to raise offshore liability cap

The Canadian government plans to increase the liability cap for companies operating in Atlantic Canada's offshore to $1 billion, up from the current $30 million, under proposed legislation slated to be introduced later this year, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said.

BSEE confirms well sealed with temporary plug in gulf

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement confirmed Energy Resource Technology LLC (ERT) temporarily sealed Well No. 2 using a temporary set bridge plug.

California issues draft proposals to improve refinery safety

California’s interagency refinery safety working group, which the state formed following a fire at Chevron USA’s Richmond plant in August 2012, released a draft report outlining steps and recommendations to improve public and worker safety at and near refineries in the state.

Cars and pursuing happiness

It used to be said the world's supplies of crude would be strained and oil prices would soar if every adult in China were to acquire a simple moped vehicle.

Oil & Gas UK: Offshore safety continues to improve

The UK oil and gas industry's focus on continuous improvements is keeping the offshore workforce safer, according to Oil & Gas UK's annual 2013 health and safety report, which detailed the performance of the organization's member companies during 2012.

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