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USW, Shell to resume talks amid ongoing labor strike at US refineries

The United Steelworkers union (USW) and Royal Dutch Shell PLC, which serves as lead company for National Oil Bargaining negotiations, have agreed to return to the bargaining table in an attempt to resolve USW’s more than 5-week-long unfair labor practice strike in effect at US refineries and associated installations.

Senate vote to override Obama’s Keystone XL veto falls 5 votes short

The US Senate’s vote to override President Barack Obama’s veto of legislation authorizing construction of the proposed Keystone XL (KXL) crude oil pipeline fell 5 votes short of the necessary two-thirds majority. Sixty-two senators—including 4 Democrats—voted in the affirmative, while 37 voted no.

Western Australia’s EPA approves Gorgon LNG fourth train

The Environmental Protection Authority of Western Australia (EPAWA) has approved plans for expansion of the Gorgon-Jansz LNG project on Barrow Island into a fourth train.

Shell moves to business-as-usual plan for strike-impacted refineries

As the United Steelworkers union (USW) strike enters its fifth week, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, which serves as lead company for National Oil Bargaining (NOB) negotiations, is implementing a plan to return its strike-impacted sites to normal, full-rotation operations without the use of union workers.

Shell Canada withdraws application for Pierre River heavy oil project

Shell Canada Ltd. has withdrawn its regulatory application for the proposed Pierre River heavy oil mine north of Fort McMurray.

Update of earlier NAM study still finds EPA ozone proposal costly

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed 65 ppb ozone standard could reduce US gross domestic product by $140 billion/year and create $1.1 trillion in compliance expenses from 2017 to 2040, National Economic Research Associates said in an update of a July 2014 study commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers.

GOM REVENUE SHARING-1 Lease sales drive gulf OCS revenues

The Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Energy Security Act of 2006 (GOMESA) provides for sharing offshore lease revenues in the GOM Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

Pennsylvania governor asks Obama for stronger crude-by-rail rules

Noting that 60-70 trains/week carry Bakken crude oil across Pennsylvania to the Philadelphia area or other East Coast refineries, Gov. Tom Wolf (D) asked US President Barack Obama for stronger federal regulations to prevent derailments and improve safety.

Climate change interventions

A National Research Council committee looked at possible aggressive interventions to address global climate change-including Albedo modification techniques, which aim to increase the ability of the Earth or clouds to reflect incoming sunlight-before concluding that strategies to reduce manmade emissions are still the best approach.

Methanol proves low-cost, sustainable option for gasoline blending

Following the discovery of large natural gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean offshore, the Israeli government in 2011 implemented its FCI, a program designed to encourage the economic and sustainable development of natural gas-based transportation fuels to reduce the country's dependence on imported crude oil products.

Petroleum detected in fish tested after Yellowstone River pipeline spill

Detectable levels of petroleum were found in tests of fish pulled from the Yellowstone River downstream from a broken petroleum pipeline near Glendive. Mont., and the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks advised fishermen to use caution when deciding whether to eat fish from the oil spill area.

House panel launches probe of DOS’s Keystone XL application process

The US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee began an investigation of the US Department of State’s environmental impact statement for the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline. It requested comments DOS asked other federal departments to provide regarding DOS’s final supplemental EIS for the project in a Feb. 24 letter to Sec. of State John F. Kerry.

BLM Utah office adopts USFS leasing analysis for Fishlake Forest

The US Bureau of Land Management’s Utah state office will adopt the US Forest Service’s final environmental impact statement and record of decision for oil and gas leasing on land administered by Fishlake National Forest.

Grizzly files OSCA application with AER for Thickwood

Grizzly Oil Sands ULC, Calgary, has filed an Oil Sands Conservation Act application with Alberta Energy Regulator for the Thickwood project.

BLM moving toward strategy for Greater Sage Grouse, Jewell says

Calling it a remarkable example of federal, state, and local cooperation, US Sec. of the Interior Sally Jewell said the US Bureau of Land Management is finishing up plans to protect the Greater Sage Grouse and make it unnecessary for the US Fish and Wildlife Service to list it as an endangered or threatened species.

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