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GAO: Scant information exists about NEPA analyses’ costs, benefits

Little information exists about the costs and benefits of analyses required under the National Environmental Policy Act, the Government Accountability Office said. Federal agencies do not routinely track the costs, and there is no government-wide mechanism to do so, GAO investigators said they learned from officials at the US Environmental Protection Agency, White House Council on Environmental Quality, and other agencies.

EPA white papers offer hint of methane, VOC emissions

The US natural gas industry received a preview of a new regulatory push on Apr. 15 when the Environmental Protection Agency published white papers on emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in five operational categories.

Environmental groups to challenge FWS’s lesser prairie chicken ruling

Three environmental organizations notified the US Fish and Wildlife Service that they plan to sue over the US Department of the Interior agency’s recent designation of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened—but not endangered—species.

FRA to propose requiring two-member crews on trains carrying crude

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) plans to propose requiring trains transporting crude oil to have at least two crew members, the US Department of Transportation agency announced. It said it also intends to propose a train securement rule and recommend a rulemaking on hazardous materials movement.

Statoil’s oil sands production saw slight decline in 2013

Statoil ASA reported a slight decrease in its oil sands production in 2013 because of a planned multiweek plant shutdown for facility maintenance and the integration of new scientific research and experimental development measures, according to the company’s 2013 Oil Sands Report.

Balancing climate change

Instructive timing is at work in the publication this month and last of two major reports in the Fifth Assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Anadarko settles legacy claims against Kerr-McGee for $5.15 billion

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and subsidiaries it acquired when it bought Kerr-McGee Corp. in 2006 agreed to pay $5.15 billion to settle fraudulent conveyance allegations brought by the US government and co-plaintiff Anadarko Litigation Trust in the bankruptcy of Tronox Inc.

USCG: ‘Chain of errors’ led to Shell drilling unit running aground

A US Coast Guard (USCG) investigation has found that a “chain of errors” led to the Royal Dutch Shell PLC conical drilling unit, the Kulluk, running aground on Sitkalidak Island, Alas., in December 2012.

AMP files FERC request for abandonment of Midla Pipeline

American Midstream Partners LP (AMP) has filed a request with the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to abandon use of its 1920s vintage Midla “Mainline” pipeline.

PG&E indicted for San Bruno explosion

A federal grand jury has indicted Pacific Gas & Electric Co. on twelve counts of violating the federal Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 1968 in relation to the Sept. 9, 2010, explosion of a portion of its 30-in. OD Line 132 in San Bruno, Calif.

BLM launches EIS on existing White River National Forest leases

The US Bureau of Land Management initiated an environmental impact statement on 65 existing oil and gas leases in Colorado’s White River National Forest. The move came after the US Department of the Interior’s Board of Land Appeals identified National Environmental Policy Act deficiencies in the leases.

Workshops planned on offshore voluntary near-miss reporting system

Workshops will be held Apr. 22 in Los Angeles and Apr. 24 in Houston to discuss the federal government’s new voluntary near-miss reporting system for oil and gas producers, the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced in a Mar. 31 Federal Register notice.

Marking milestones

It's said that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. While that may be the case most years—and most definitely was the case this year, if one considers the weather in Houston alone—this particular March marked a few milestones for the oil and gas industry worth noting here.

White House eyes steps to curb oil, gas methane emissions

The White House announced additional steps to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations as part of a broader strategy. They included regulations to be proposed later this year by the US Bureau of Land Management to curb natural gas flaring on public lands.

FWS lists lesser prairie chicken as threatened species

The US Fish and Wildlife Service listed the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species. While the Mar. 27 final rule fell short of the endangered status many environmental organizations sought, it also disappointed Midcontinent oil and gas producers and others involved in a five-state environmental impact mitigation effort to make any federal listing unnecessary.

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