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USCG responds to tug, LPG pipeline fire south of New Orleans

A tug and barge collided with a liquefied petroleum gas pipeline near Bayou Perot in Lafourche Parish, 30 miles south of New Orleans on Mar. 12, resulting in a fire involving the barge and the pipeline.

North Sea Cormorant platform incident shuts down Brent pipeline system

Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. (TAQA) confirmed a hydrocarbon release was detected in one of the Cormorant Alpha platform legs in the northern UK North Sea, adding there was no hydrocarbon release into the sea or air.

EU reaches preliminary agreement on offshore oil, gas safety directive

State Department releases draft SEIS for revised Keystone XL

The US Department of State released a draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline’s new presidential permit application.

Cornyn's bill aims to curb ESA litigation settlement abuses

US Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) introduced legislation designed to address regulatory impacts from federal Endangered Species Act closed-door litigation settlements between the US Fish and Wildlife Service and environmental organizations.

Canada's ERCB finds Plains Midstream Canada out of compliance

Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) issued four high-risk enforcement actions against Plains Midstream Canada in relation to an Apr. 28, 2011, spill of 28,000 bbl crude oil from Plains’ Rainbow Pipeline in Northern Sunrise County, Alta., roughly 95 km northeast of Peace River.

Shell puts Arctic drilling off Alaska on pause

Royal Dutch Shell PLC announced it will “pause” its exploration drilling activity for 2013 in Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi seas to prepare equipment and plans for a resumption of activity at a later stage.

Salazar, Alaska producers view final NPR-A plan differently

US Sec. of the Interior Ken Salazar signed a final plan for managing the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska that he and several environmental organizations called balanced, and the Alaska Oil & Gas Association called needlessly restrictive.

EU reaches preliminary agreement on offshore oil, gas safety directive

The European Union reached preliminary agreement Feb. 21 on toughened rules for offshore oil and gas operations although the proposed directive has yet to be formally approved by EU member countries and the European Parliament.

Brazil judge drops criminal charges against Chevron, Transocean for Frade oil seep

A Brazilian judge dropped criminal charges against Chevron Corp., drilling contractor Transocean Ltd., and 17 of their employees regarding a November 2011 offshore oil seep in the Campos basin involving Frade field although a civil suit against the companies remains pending.

First Uinta basin ozone formation study released

A collaboration involving Utah’s Division of Air Quality, county governments in eastern Utah, researchers from Utah State University, and the Western Energy Alliance has produced the first study of wintertime ozone formation conditions and characteristics in the Uinta basin.

Keystone XL withstands GHG scrutiny, TransCanada exec says

Canadians are ready to defend the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline project on a greenhouse gas reduction basis now that opponents have shifted their arguments to that arena, a TransCanada Corp. executive said.

ConocoPhillips cleared to resume full oil production at Penglai 19-3

ConocoPhillips received permission to resume full production at Penglai 19-3 oil field in China’s northern Bohai Bay after being sanctioned by the Chinese goverment for oil seeps during 2011, China's State Oceanic Administration said.

Transocean fined $400 million for Macondo well incident

Transocean Offshore Inc. pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from the 2010 Macondo deepwater well incident and agreed to pay $400 million in criminal fines and penalties, US Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. announced on Feb. 14.

GAO lists climate change as high risk to government for first time

The US Government Accountability Office—which has identified areas it believes pose a high risk to federal government operations every 2 years since the early 1990s—added climate change to its list for the first time.

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