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Surveys: process, progress

The closing of the year is an interesting time for editors at Oil & Gas Journal. For some, it marks an opportunity to breathe that deep sigh of relief and reflect thankfully on a body of work well-executed and now behind them. For others, however, it signals the start of a frantic race to deliver our readers the biggest, most challenging projects undertaken all year.

Rejecting the shrill

Newly amplified warnings about climate change had to compete in the US with shrill, last-minute political advertising before the party of climate activism suffered humiliation in midterm elections.

IPAA: Federal agency’s ESA prelisting proposal lacks assurances

A US Forest Service proposal on voluntary actions to manage species before they are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act falls significantly short, the Independent Petroleum Association of America said.

Better transportation seen as key to North American energy promise

Significant transportation improvements will be essential for North America to fully realize its dramatically brighter oil and gas future, speakers agreed during a Nov. 6 discussion at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Obama determined to let Keystone XL review process ‘play out’

US President Barack Obama reiterated his stance on Nov. 5 that the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline’s ongoing cross-border permit review process should be allowed to proceed amid suggestions that Republicans winning majority control of the Senate in elections a day earlier opens the way for congressional legislation on the matter to reach his desk.

Fire hits PDVSA’s Curacao refinery

Petroleos de Venezuela SA's 335,000-b/d Isla refinery on the island of Curacao continues to operate normally following a Nov. 5 fire that struck one of the plant’s gas processing units.

EPA greenlights Texas GHG permitting program

The US Environmental Protection Agency has approved the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) program to issue greenhouse gas permits for new and modified facilities.

DOE to host gas infrastructure, methane emissions workshop

The US Department of Energy will hold a natural gas infrastructure and methane emissions workshop Nov. 12-13 in Pittsburgh as part of a broader examination of gas transmission systems from the wellhead to the end-user that it announced in late July.

A Republican priority

The possibility that elections this month will give Republicans control of both houses of Congress raises hope for an overdue taming of the US Environmental Protection Agency.

BOEM releases draft SEIS for 2008 Chukchi Sea lease sale

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for Outer Continental Shelf Leas Sale No. 193, which originally was held in 2008.

Induced seismicity research effort identifies information gaps

A federally coordinated effort to determine whether oil and gas activities are related to growing reports of induced seismic activity has identified several information gaps that need to be closed, speakers said during an Oct. 30 briefing at the US Energy Association.

BLM issues final SEIS for Greater Mooses Tooth project in NPR-A

The US Bureau of Land Management released its final supplemental environmental impact statement for the proposed Greater Mooses Tooth (GMT1) oil and gas project within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. “Reaching this stage of permitting is a major milestone for the project and for the future of balanced, responsible federal oil production in the NPR-A,” BLM Director Neil Kornze said.

Shell seeks 5-year extension on leases in Beaufort, Chukchi seas

Shell Offshore Co. has requested a 5-year extension of its federal offshore leases in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas offshore Alaska. “The request reflects the extent of the actual delays we have experienced as a result of court decisions and agency actions for the last several years,” a Shell spokesman in Alaska told OGJ.

Constitution gas pipeline gets environmental nod from FERC

Constitution Pipeline Co. LLC has received a final environmental review from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which clears the way for construction of the proposed 124-mile, 30-in. Constitution natural gas system from supply areas in northeast Pennsylvania to existing transmission pipelines in Schoharie County, NY.

TransCanada issued EAC for Coastal GasLink project

TransCanada Corp. reported that the British Columbian Environmental Assessment Office has issued an environmental assessment certificate (EAC) for the Coastal GasLink pipeline project.

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