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BLM decision clears way for first NPR-A federal oil production

The US Bureau of Land Management issued a record of decision (ROD) for the proposed Greater Mooses Tooth One project (GMT1), which cleared the way for the first crude oil production from federal land within the 23 million-acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

Oil-price collapse may aggravate producing nations' other problems

The recent global crude-oil price plunge could be aggravating underlying problems in Mexico, Colombia, and other Western Hemisphere producing nations, speakers suggested during a Feb. 4 discussion at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

BOEM publishes second final SEIS for 2008 Chukchi Sea lease sale

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management published a fresh supplemental environmental impact statement for a Chukchi Sea federal oil and gas sale originally held in 2008 after a federal appeals court threw out the first SEIS on Jan. 22, 2014.

Alaska LNG project partners file resource reports with FERC

A series of draft environmental and socioeconomic reports for the Alaska LNG project have been submitted to the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which is responsible for conducting the environmental review of the project.

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. The Feb. 11 action sends the measure to US President Barack Obama’s desk, where it is likely to be vetoed.

Groups object to White River National Forest draft leasing decision

The Western Energy Alliance, West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association, and Public Lands Advocacy jointly filed a formal objection to the US Forest Service’s draft oil and gas leasing decision for the White River National Forest in western Colorado.

Five fatalities, four missing now confirmed following FPSO explosion offshore Brazil

BW Offshore now reports five fatalities—all employees of BW Offshore—and four crew members missing following the Feb. 11 explosion of the Cidade de Sao Mateus floating production, storage, and offloading vessel.

TransCanada challenges EPA’s comments on Keystone XL SEIS

TransCanada Corp. responded to the Feb. 2 comment letter from the US Environmental Protection Agency on the US Department of State’s final supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline.

New study finds wide variations in gathering systems’ methane samples

Samples of methane emissions from 114 natural gas gathering stations and 16 processing plants across 13 states found wide variations in amounts actually released, a recent study revealed. Researchers at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Carnegie Mellon University, and Aerodyne Research took the samples over 20 weeks starting in October 2013.

Operators cutting methane emissions

Cuts in methane emissions from oil and gas production ought to be combined with aggressive efforts to curb excessive carbon dioxide releases, producers and others said during a December event.

Emissions from liquid unloadings vary by region

A recent study by the University of Texas at Austin and the environmental testing firm URS indicated that a small percentage of wells account for the majority of methane emissions from liquid unloadings at US natural gas wells.

Senators’ bill aims to curb flaring by expediting permit process

North Dakota and Wyoming’s US senators introduced legislation that aims to capture methane and reduce flaring by expediting procedures for obtaining permits for natural gas gathering lines on federal and Indian lands.

USW union workers add two BP refineries to strike list

Union workers at two BP PLC-owned refineries in Indiana and Ohio have joined the United Steelworkers union’s (USW) unfair labor practice (ULP) strike against the oil industry that began on Feb. 1 after a breakdown in discussions with companies regarding collective bargaining agreements over pay, benefits, and health and safety standards.

Association presidents want more access in next 5-year OCS plan

The presidents of three major US oil and gas trade associations urged the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to keep more of the US Outer Continental Shelf available for oil and gas leasing as the agency prepared to begin public meetings about the draft proposed 2017-22 US OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program.

Watching Government: EPA's ozone proposal

Witnesses from the US oil and gas industry and other businesses strongly spoke out on Jan. 29 against the US Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to reduce the ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard from 75 ppb.

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