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Utah biofuel manufacturer settles federal RIN civil charges

Washakie Renewable Energy LLC, a Utah biofuel and biochemical manufacturer, settled federal claims that it violated Renewable Fuels Standard provisions under the Clean Air Act, the US Department of Justice reported.

Barclays: New fracturing regs will have limited effect on US oil, gas output

A recent US rule about hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands will have limited effect on existing US oil and natural gas production, said a Barclays Research analyst in New York.

Senate, House bills introduced to block EPA ozone proposal

US Senate and House members introduced bills to block the US Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to lower ground-level ozone limits as the plan's comment period ended and the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing to examine its implications.

Supporters and critics alike call for RFS reforms

Calls to reform the federal Renewable Fuels Standard increased as critics and supporters alike said it is not working as it was intended.

DOI issues final rule for fracing on public, tribal lands

The US Department of the Interior issued a long-anticipated final rule to govern hydraulic fracturing of onshore oil and gas wells on public and tribal lands. Officials said the regulations will improve safety and help protect groundwater by updating requirements for wellbore integrity, wastewater disposal, and public disclosure of chemicals.

Total’s Donges refinery due 10-week shutdown, overhaul

Total SA is planning a nearly 2-month shutdown of its 220,000-b/d Donges refinery near Saint Nazaire, France, on the Loire estuary, for a complete modernization and maintenance overhaul designed to improve the plant’s profitability as well as its environmental footprint.

Counties, associations challenge DOI’s Greater Sage Grouse tactics

A coalition of national and regional oil, gas, coal, and mining associations and county governments in four Rocky Mountain states charged three US Department of the Interior agencies with using bad science and poor information to make public lands and Endangered Species Act listing decisions for the Greater Sage Grouse.

Senate crude exports hearing raises price, logistics, safety issues

Potential consumer price impacts dominated a US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing examining whether to allow more exports of domestically produced crude oil. Witnesses agreed that permitting more US crude to be sold abroad could provide benefits, but were divided on whether changes need to be made in the Jones Act and other transportation regulations.

SPE/IADC: Collaboration, innovation must transcend oil price

Leaders from oil and gas operators and drilling contractors were empanelled Mar. 17 at the 2015 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference & Exposition to tackle the issue of delivering wells in a changing world.

Senate, House bills introduced to block EPA ozone proposal

US Senate and House members introduced bills to block the US Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to lower ground-level ozone limits as the plan’s comment period ended and the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing to examine its implications.

Production from Pluto LNG plant shut following Cyclone Olwyn

Woodside Petroleum Ltd. has temporarily shut-in production at its Pluto LNG plant after the Atwood Osprey submersible drilling rig drifted near Pluto flowlines during Cyclone Olwyn, which impacted the Australia’s northwest coast on Mar. 12.

Alberta introduces oil sands environmental requirements

Alberta introduced new requirements to control tailings ponds and regulate water use from the Athabasca River as part of the Canadian province’s efforts to reduce oil sands development impacts.

Western Australia's EPA gives nod for Gorgon LNG fourth train

The Environmental Protection Authority of Western Australia (EPAWA) has approved plans for expansion of the Gorgon-Jansz LNG project on Barrow Island into a fourth train.

Messing with RFS

At a Mar. 7 gathering in Des Moines of Republicans flirting with presidential candidacy, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad opened with a warning: "Don't mess with the RFS."

US Arctic priorities shortchange Alaskans' needs, Senate panel told

As the US prepares to chair the Arctic Council later this year, the country recognizes that international decisions can directly affect Alaska and its residents and plans to closely engage with them, Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., the US Department of State's Special Representative for the Arctic, told the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

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