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Colorado AQCC approves emissions rules for oil, gas operations

Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission approved comprehensive changes to rules governing oil and gas activities in the state, including the nation’s first-ever regulations designed to detect and reduce methane emissions.

USW blasts Tesoro over lack of refinery safety

The United Steelworkers (USW) has demanded that Tesoro Corp. develop a comprehensive, cohesive safety program after a sulfuric acid release at the alkylation unit of its 161,000-b/d Golden Eagle refinery near Martinez, Calif., in early February seriously injured two workers.

BOEM proposes 78% increase in offshore oil spill liability limit

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management proposed a 78% increase in the offshore oil spill liability limit under the 1990 Oil Pollution Act to $133.65 million from $75 million. The proposed change was the first since the law was enacted and matches the increase in inflation since then, BOEM Director Tommy P. Beaudreau.

BLM issues draft environmental review for first proposed NPR-A well

The US Bureau of Land Management released a draft environmental review for the first proposed petroleum development in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A). US Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alas.) welcomed the announcement, but a national environmental organization quickly called the document inadequate.

API continuing to address rail safety concerns, Gerard says

The US oil and gas industry continues to work with the federal government and railway industry to improve transportation of crude oil by rail, American Petroleum Institute President Jack N. Gerard said.

Moniz wants closer look at methane emissions across gas system

US Energy Secretary Ernest G. Moniz called for more scrutiny of methane emissions from natural gas operations beyond exploration and production.

EPA issues revised guidance for fracing with diesel

The US Environmental Protection Agency released revised underground injection control (UIC) program permitting guidance for wells which use diesel fuel during hydraulic fracturing activities. The regulation is expected to have minimal impact since the great majority of domestic oil and gas unconventional production has relied on other frac fluid ingredients for several years.

Improved pipeline safety needed at all levels, NARUC committee told

Oil and gas pipelines and the government agencies that regulate them are making progress in improving safety and responses by emphasizing greater involvement at all levels, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioner’s Natural Gas Committee learned on Feb. 10.

Keystone XL supporters, opponents press Obama for prompt decision

Supporters and opponents of the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline separately urged US President Barack Obama to decide promptly on whether the project should receive a cross-border permit. Their calls came days after the US Department of State released its final supplemental environmental impact statement on the project.

BPC releases first three commissioned papers on RFS

The Bipartisan Policy Center released the first three of five papers it commissioned on the federal Renewable Fuels Standard. The papers are part of its effort to foster discussions on ways to reform the RFS, which was established by the 2005 Energy Policy Act established and expanded by the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, BPC said.

EPA rule requires new reporting from refiners, chemical processors

The US Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a rule under existing federal statutory law that establishes new reporting requirements for petroleum and petrochemical processors that use or plan to use five chemical substances identified generically as “complex strontium aluminate, rare earth doped” (CSA-RED).

BLM extends comment period for Monument Butte gas project draft EIS

The US Bureau of Land Management will provide an additional 30 days for public comments on the draft environmental impact statement for Newfield Exploration Co.’s proposed Monument Butte natural gas project in eastern Utah.

No major environmental impact from Keystone XL, DOS says

The proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline’s construction and operation would not have significant environmental impacts, the US Department of State said in its long-awaited final supplemental environmental impact statement for the 1,700-mile project.

CSB issues report on Washington refinery blast

The US Chemical Safety Board has determined the cause of an April 2010 explosion and fire at Tesoro’s 120,000-b/d Anacortes, Wash., refinery could have been prevented by the US independent refiner.

Shell cancels 2014 drilling off Alaska in court decision’s wake

Royal Dutch Shell PLC will not resume activity on federal leases it holds offshore Alaska in 2014 because a US appeals court’s Jan. 22 decision in a 2008 lawsuit against the US Department of the Interior has created significant uncertainties, company officials stated.

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