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BLM moving toward strategy for Greater Sage Grouse, Jewell says

Calling it a remarkable example of federal, state, and local cooperation, US Sec. of the Interior Sally Jewell said the US Bureau of Land Management is finishing up plans to protect the Greater Sage Grouse and make it unnecessary for the US Fish and Wildlife Service to list it as an endangered or threatened species.

Hickenlooper’s siting task force calls for more local consultation

Colorado Gov. John W. Hickenlooper’s (D) oil and gas siting taskforce called for more consultation and greater involvement with local communities on Feb. 24, but stopped short of giving them more power as it forwarded 9 of 36 proposals to him, The Denver Post reported.

Obama vetoes bill approving Keystone XL crude oil pipeline

US President Barack Obama vetoed S. 1, authorizing construction of the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline, saying that Congress had attempted to circumvent long-standing processes for determining whether building and operating a crossborder pipeline was in the national interest.

County decision in Washington state stalls Shell’s Bakken rail plans

A Skagit County Hearing Examiner in Mount Vernon, Wash., halted Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s plans to move Bakken crude oil by rail to the company’s Anacortes refinery in northwest Washington pending an environmental and public health risk review, which could take a year or more.

Work stoppages commence at largest US refinery, three other facilities

The United Steelworkers union (USW) has launched additional work stoppages at the largest refinery in the US and three other facilities as part of USW’s unfair labor practice (ULP) strike.

AER sets new seismic monitoring rules for Duvernay in the Fox Creek area

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) announced seismic monitoring and reporting requirements for companies using hydraulic fracturing in the Duvernay zone of the Fox Creek area following some seismic events there in December 2014 and in January.

Montana governor wants PHMSA to beef up pipeline enforcement in state

Citing a Jan. 17 leak of 1,200 bbl of crude oil from a ruptured pipeline in eastern Montana, Gov. Steve Bullock (D) asked US Sec. of Transportation Anthony Foxx to send more pipeline inspectors to the state and schedule more inspections there.

US House vote sends Keystone XL approval bill to Obama's desk

The US House of Representatives voted by 270 to 152 to pass S. 1, which would deem the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline approved more than 6 years after sponsor TransCanada Corp. applied for its presidential crossborder permit.

DOI proposes Arctic-specific drilling regulations for Alaska OCS

The US Department of the Interior proposed regulations to ensure that oil and gas exploration on the US Arctic Continental Shelf occur safely and responsibly. The requirements, once they become final, would affect activity under the 2017-22 OCS Management Program, but not operations before that period.

ExxonMobil investigating explosion at Torrance refinery

An investigation is under way into the cause of an explosion and ensuing fire that took place at ExxonMobil Corp.’s 149,500-b/d Torrance, Calif., refinery on Feb. 18.

Comments sought on Pinedale Anticline gas field noise report

The US Bureau of Land Management’s Pinedale Anticline Project Office (PAPO) is seeking public comments on a 2014 acoustic noise report on sound levels at 19 Greater Sage Grouse leks—places where males gather to attract females during mating season—in western Wyoming’s Pinedale Anticline natural gas field.

Another cut seen in Groningen gas output

Production from giant Groningen natural gas field in the Netherlands might be further curtailed in response to public concern about earthquakes.

Ohio Supreme Court rules against municipality in oil and gas case

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the city of Munroe Falls cannot impose local drilling and zoning ordinances that conflict with Ohio state law regarding oil and natural gas activities. The high court split in a 4-3 decision with three justices providing written dissents.

Montana governor wants PHMSA to beef up pipeline enforcement in state

Citing a Jan. 17 leak of 1,200 bbl of crude oil from a ruptured pipeline in eastern Montana, Gov. Steve Bullock (D) asked US Sec. of Transportation Anthony Foxx to send more pipeline inspectors to the state and schedule more inspections there.

Derailed West Virginia oil train carried Bakken crude

A large-scale cleanup and investigation have launched following the Feb. 16 derailment of a CSX crude oil train near Mount Carbon, W.Va.

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