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Feinstein, Coburn offer bill to end corn ethanol mandate

US Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced a bill that would eliminate the corn ethanol mandate within the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires annual increases in the amount of renewable fuel blended into gasoline refined and consumed in the US.

Repar refinery running at reduced rates

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) has reduced operations at its 193,000-b/d Presidente Getulio Vargas refinery (Repar) at Araucaria, Parana, Brazil, following a small fire at the plant on Nov. 28.

Fire hits at Sinclair refinery in Wyoming

Sinclair Oil Corp.’s 66,000-b/d Sinclair, Wyo., refinery is operating at near-to-normal rates after a fire at the plant on Dec. 6.

Social cost of carbon

Anyone disconnected from news for the past quarter-century would find perplexing the US government's new review of its methods for establishing the social cost of carbon (SCC).

Calls for Congress to reform RFS grow as EPA’s hearing approaches

An increasingly broad coalition plans to press Congress to repeal, or at least radically reform, the federal Renewable Fuels Standard, officials of several associations said the day before the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Dec. 5 public hearing on its proposed 2014 quotas.

API publishes new well construction interface bulletin

The American Petroleum Institute published a new oil and gas industry bulletin for well construction interface, the latest of several standards developed or strengthened as a result of task force recommendations following the 2010 Macondo deepwater well accident.

DOT agencies issue supplemental crude transport-by-rail advisory

Two US Department of Transportation agencies jointly issued a supplemental safety advisory covering unintended movement of freight trains carrying crude oil and other hazardous materials.

BP posts gulf environmental data online; plans more for 2014

Information about offshore water conditions in the Gulf of Mexico was posted online, BP PLC reported, saying that BP, federal and state agencies, and the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) collected the information following the deepwater Macondo well blowout in 2010.

BPTT completes turnaround maintenance in Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago’s natural gas shortage is expected to ease with BP Trinidad & Tobago’s (BPTT) announcement that its Trinidad and Tobago operations had completed its heightened maintenance program.

House votes to restrict federal regulation of fracing

The US House of Representatives approved legislation largely along party lines to keep the US Bureau of Land Management from imposing its own hydraulic fracturing regulations in states that already have their own requirements.

BSEE cites 12 offshore operators for not meeting SEMS deadline

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement cited 12 offshore oil and gas operators for not meeting a Nov. 15 deadline to complete an initial Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) audit. Seventy-three other operators successfully satisfied the requirement, and the US Department of the Interior agency said it will analyze their reports and work them to ensure their corrective action plans address deficiencies and continuously improve.

California issues proposed well stimulation requirements

California’s Department of Conservation issued proposals to regulate hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas well stimulation on Nov. 15, starting a 60-day public comment period on rules it hopes to finalize and have in place by Jan. 1, 2015.

BP posts gulf environmental data online; plans more for 2014

Information about offshore water conditions in the Gulf of Mexico was posted online, BP PLC reported, saying that BP, federal and state agencies, and the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) collected the information following the deepwater Macondo well blowout in 2010.

Chevron’s Pascagoula refinery running at normal rates

Chevron Corp’s 330,000-b/d Pascagoula, Miss., refinery is operating at normal rates following a Nov. 15 fire at a furnace in the Cracking II unit area of the plant.

Chevron monitoring Milford, Tex., rupture site

Chevron Pipeline Co. continues to depressurize the West Texas LPG pipeline that ruptured and ignited Nov. 14 at 9:30 a.m. CST near Milford, Tex. The fire continues to decrease in size as residual product is flared and burned-off. Chevron continues to monitor a nearby 14-in. OD LPG pipeline and is in the process of removing product from it and depressurizing it.

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