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Pemex advances clean energy plans at Salina Cruz refinery

Mexico’s Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) is in the process of converting its Antonio Dovali Jaime refinery in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, to operate on cleaner, more affordable fuels as part of the country’s recently inaugurated energy reform legislation.

House to vote Jan. 9 on bill to approve Keystone XL project

The US House of Representatives majority has scheduled a Jan. 9 vote on a bill to approve the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline project. Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), an incoming member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, plans to introduce the measure when the 114th Congress convenes on Jan. 6.

Colorado commission to resume hearing on oil, gas fines, penalties

Colorado’s Oil & Gas Conservation Commission was scheduled to resume a hearing at 9 a.m. MST on Jan. 5 on implementing legislation which would increase fines and penalties for companies which violate the state’s comprehensive oil and gas regulations.

Russia sanctions realign Arctic exploration, geopolitics

The latest Western sanctions on Russia's Arctic gas industry, including OAO Gazprom and OAO Novatek, have had a geopolitical impact on the Kremlin. This may lead to closer relations between China and Russia in the region.

Conflict at depth

Under new management, the US Senate will make the Keystone XL pipeline its first order of business in 2015 and energy in general a focus of continuing attention. Those subjects do need work. Open questions are whether Republicans understand the depth of the conflict and are prepared to argue their positions at all levels.

Can ersatz meat ease climate heat on fossil energy?

Human food from animals might represent a stronger lever for climate-change mitigation than was indicated by a study reported here last week.

Watching Government: What best practices involve

So what, exactly, are best practices? Government policymakers freely use the term these days when they describe what's behind standards they're proposing.

EPA delays proposal to regulate methane emissions until 2015

The US Environmental Protection Agency is delaying plans to issue proposals to regulate methane emissions from oil and gas operations until 2015, OGJ has learned.

BLM starts process to consider new Nevada lease nominations

The US Bureau of Land Management’s Battle Mountain, Nev., field office is seeking public comment on 197 parcels of public land, totaling 415,921 acres, which have been nominated for potential oil and gas leasing. It will accept comments on scoping documents through Dec. 24.

California Bay Area advances plan for enhanced refinery regulations

California’s Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), the public agency responsible for regulating stationary sources of air pollution in the nine counties that surround San Francisco Bay, is moving forward with its plan to impose further emissions cuts on area refiners within the next 5 years.

IEA finds US energy policy improved in latest in-depth review

US energy policies have come into sharper focus in the last six years, the International Energy Agency said in its latest periodic review. It specifically cited the US Department of Energy’s establishment of a Quadrennial Energy Review and US President Barack Obama’s strategy to address climate change as major steps since 2008.

Jewell names Maryland energy administrator BOEM’s new director

US Interior Sec. Sally Jewell appointed Abigail Ross Hopper, who currently directs the Maryland Energy Administration, as the new director of the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

Moody’s: Mid-term elections dim federal fracing regulation prospects

Results of 2014’s congressional elections have reduced the prospect of the federal government enacting its own hydraulic fracturing regulations, Moody’s said in a Dec. 17 report. It noted that Republicans, who generally have taken the position that state regulations are sufficient, will assume control of the US Senate in addition to the House in January.

Thirty-one House Democrats ask Jewell to bar leasing in Arctic Ocean

US Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) and 30 other House Democrats urged US Interior Sec. Sally Jewell to reject the second supplemental environmental impact statement for OCS Lease Sale 193 and bar oil and gas leasing in the Arctic Ocean.

Obama makes Alaska’s Bristol Bay off-limits for oil, gas activity

US President Barack Obama placed Bristol Bay off-limits for future oil and gas leasing, extending a temporary withdrawal he imposed in 2010 that was due to expire in 2017. The Dec. 16 announcement effectively excludes the entire North Aleutian Basin from consideration in the new 5-year Outer Continental Shelf program the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has begun to prepare.

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