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Bill due to remove corn ethanol from RFS

Bipartisan legislation will be introduced to remove corn-based ethanol from the federal Renewable Fuels Standard in 2014, a group of US House members announced on Apr. 10.

BSEE issues new rule increasing offshore safety requirements

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement issued a new Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) rule for offshore oil and gas activity that aims to improve SEMS requirements under the original workplace safety rule that became effective on Nov. 15, 2010.

EIA: US energy-related carbon dioxide emissions at lowest levels since 1994

US energy-related carbon dioxide emissions reached 5.3 billion tonnes in 2012—the nation’s lowest level since 1994, the US Energy Information Administration reported.

BP planning to sell US wind business

BP PLC plans to sell its US wind energy business as part of a continuing effort to focus on oil and gas operations.

PHMSA, Arkansas attorney general act after ExxonMobil pipeline leak

The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a corrective action order on Apr. 2 preventing ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. (EMP) from restarting operations on a leaking Arkansas crude oil pipeline until satisfactory repairs have been made and immediate safety concerns have been addressed.

Federal judge favors CSB access to Transocean data on Macondo

A federal judge in Houston has upheld the US Chemical Safety Board’s legal authority to investigate the April 2010 deepwater Macondo well blowout and subsequent explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon semisubmersible in the Gulf of Mexico, which resulted in a massive oil spill.

ExxonMobil Pipeline addressing Arkansas crude oil spill

ExxonMobil Pipeline Co.’s 20-in. OD, 848-mile Pegasus crude oil pipeline ruptured Mar. 29 near Mayflower, Ark., about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock. The pipeline has been shut in and crews are working to contain the spill.

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Flores, House members file bill to curb ESA settlement abuses

US Rep. Bill Flores (R-Tex.) introduced a bill that aims to curb costs and regulations resulting from federal Endangered Species Act closed-door litigation settlements between the US Fish and Wildlife Service and environmental organizations.

UK group expands relief-well plan guidelines

The Well Life Cycle Practices Forum, a UK group formed in response to the Macondo tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, has published a second edition of its guidelines for relief-well planning for work on the UK continental shelf (OGJ Online, July 31, 2012).

PHMSA proposes ExxonMobil pay $1.7 million fine for pipeline leak

The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration proposed ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. pay a $1.7 million fine because of a July 2011 failure of its Silvertip crude oil pipeline across the Yellowstone River near Laurel, Mont.

PHMSA issues CAO to Chevron Pipe Line for products leak in Utah

The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a corrective action order on Mar. 22 outlining steps Chevron Pipe Line Co. must take in response to a leak 4 days earlier in its products pipeline near Willard, Utah.

USCG: LPG being flared from pipeline south of New Orleans

Crude oil has been removed from a barge that was under tow when it collided Mar. 12 with a liquefied petroleum gas pipeline near Bayou Perot 30 miles south of New Orleans, the US Coast Guard said.

DOI: Shell must meet more standards before Arctic drilling resumes

Shell Offshore Co. will have to develop a comprehensive operations management program—including closer oversight of its contractors—before it can resume Alaskan Arctic offshore exploration activities, US Sec. of the Interior Ken Salazar said.

USCG responds to tug, LPG pipeline fire south of New Orleans

A tug and barge collided with a liquefied petroleum gas pipeline near Bayou Perot in Lafourche Parish, 30 miles south of New Orleans on Mar. 12, resulting in a fire involving the barge and the pipeline.

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