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EPA suggests DOS reconsider Keystone XL climate impact conclusions

The US Department of State might want to reconsider its conclusions regarding potential climate impacts from the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline because crude oil prices have fallen so dramatically, a US Environmental Protection Agency official suggested.

Kerry expects to receive other agencies’ Keystone XL reports soon

US Sec. of State John F. Kerry said he expects to receive other federal agencies and departments’ reports soon on the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline so the US Department of State can determine if it is in the national interest.

Union strike under way at US refineries, petchem plants

The United Steelworkers Union (USW) has instituted a strike at nine US refining and petrochemical production plants following a breakdown in negotiations with oil companies over collective bargaining agreements due to expire on Jan. 31.

Victoria extends drilling, fracing ban

The new Victorian Labor government of premier Daniel Andrews has extended the coal seam gas (CSG) exploration and hydraulic fracturing ban in the state and launched another parliamentary inquiry.

US Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL pipeline project

The US Senate has passed a bill approving construction of the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline by a 62-36 vote after 3 weeks of debate. Nine Democrats joined 53 Republicans in the affirmative. Two Independents—Angus King (Me.) and Bernard Sanders (Vt.)—voted with 34 Democrats in opposition.

Pennsylvania governor reinstates state forest drilling moratorium

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) signed an executive order fully reinstating a 2010 moratorium on new oil and gas leases in state forests and parks. His predecessor, Tom Corbett (R), had modified it in May 2014 to allow leases from nearby sites if they did not disturb state surface land.

DOE could meet 45-day LNG export decision deadline, Senate panel told

The US Department of Energy would have no trouble meeting a 45-day deadline to reach a national interest determination for proposed LNG export facilities that a US Senate bill would establish, Christopher A. Smith, assistant US energy secretary for fossil energy, told the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

PHMSA outlines community steps to reduce pipeline incident risks

The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration released a guide to best practices for communities to reduce risks from pipeline incidents, including those caused by natural hazards.

DOI’s 2017-22 draft proposed OCS program includes Mid-Atlantic sale

The US Department of the Interior released a draft proposed 2017-22 Outer Continental Shelf management program that included 14 potential oil and gas lease sales in 8 planning areas, including one off South and Mid-Atlantic coastal states.

OGUK: Push to ban fracing in UK ‘ill-informed’

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s proposed amendment to the infrastructure bill that would introduce a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the UK is “ill-informed” and would derail industry and cross-party efforts to maximize economic recovery of oil and gas from the North Sea, Oil & Gas UK said on Jan. 26.

Obama administration proposes making ANWR Coastal Plain wilderness

The Obama administration said it will propose managing more of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, including its Coastal Plain, as wilderness. Alaska’s governor and congressional delegation immediately expressed their outrage at the Jan. 25 announcement as conservation and indigenous groups applauded it.

White House orders steps to curb oil and gas methane emissions

The Obama administration set a new goal to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector from 2012 levels by 40-45% by 2025, and a set of actions to put the US on a path to achieve this goal.

Fire extinguished from Energy XXI platform offshore Louisiana

A fire has been extinguished from a producing, unmanned platform in the Gulf of Mexico following damage that was possibly caused by a vessel, the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) reported on Jan. 23.

Senate votes to recommend closing Keystone XL tax loophole

The US Senate voted to recommend that the House originate legislation that would make heavy crude oil moving through the proposed Keystone XL pipeline subject to the excise tax on other transported crudes that goes into the federal Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.

SOTU: Obama barely mentions energy, emphasizes climate change

US President Barack Obama briefly mentioned energy in his 2015 State of the Union address as he outlined economic improvements since the 2008-09 recession. He devoted more time to calling for meaningful steps to address global climate change as he listed challenges the country faces.

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