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Approaches in contrast

Two approaches to climate change contrast instructively in the US. One of them reflects the cost-blind absolutism fast dismantling support for programs aimed at lowering emissions of greenhouse gases.

MARKET WATCH: NYMEX oil climbs back above $100/bbl

Crude oil futures on the New York market climbed above $100/bbl for the first time in a week on Mar. 26. The momentum continued in early Mar. 27 trading as two US government agencies issued positive economic indicators that could mean higher oil demand, analysts said.

EPA leads investigation of crude discharge at BP Whiting refinery

The US Environmental Protection Agency took formal charge of investigation and cleanup efforts after an undetermined amount of crude oil spilled into Lake Michigan from BP PLC’s Whiting, Ind., refinery.

HSC remains closed, fuel cleanup continues after barge collision

The Houston Ship Channel (HSC) remained closed to unauthorized vessels Mar. 24 as the result of a temporary emergency safety zone being established and enforced following the Mar. 22 collision between the M/V Summer Wind bulk carrier and the Kirby Barge 27706 in the channel near Texas City, Tex., resulting in the release of about 160,000 gal of bunker fuel oil being transported by the barge, according to statements from the Port of Houston Authority (PHA). The barge had the capacity to transport 924,000 gal of the fuel.

Judge bars Anadarko e-mails as evidence in Macondo blowout hearing

A federal district judge in New Orleans refused to accept e-mails between Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and BP PLC as evidence in a hearing to determine liability of companies involved in drilling the ill-fated Macondo deepwater well in 2010.

BOEM extends proposed higher offshore liability limit comment period

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management added 30 days to the public comment period for its proposed higher liability limit for offshore oil and gas operators.

Begich objects to House Democrats’ NPR-A comment extension request

US Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alas.) let three US House Democrats know he did not approve of their request for the US Bureau of Land Management to add 30 days to the public comment period for the Greater Mooses Tooth draft supplemental environmental impact statement covering a proposed oil development within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A).

EPA lifts post-Macondo contract suspension in agreement with BP

The US Environmental Protection Agency and BP PLC reached an agreement that will effectively end the bar on new federal contracts imposed on the multinational oil company in the wake of the 2010 Macondo deepwater well incident and crude oil spill.

Enbridge receives NEB approval for Line 9B reversal

Enbridge Pipelines Inc. received permission from Canada’s National Energy Board to proceed with its Line 9B Reversal and Line 9 Capacity Expansion project. NEB approved the project with conditions, allowing Enbridge to operate all of Line 9 in an eastward direction, moving crude from western Canada and the US Bakken shale to refineries in Ontario and Quebec.

US district court tosses out judgment against Chevron in Ecuador

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York has ruled that the $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron Corp. subsidiary Texaco Petroleum Co. in Ecuador was the product of fraud and racketeering and thus unenforceable.

CAPP: Emissions monitoring continues in Alberta oil sands

Alberta’s oil sands producers have monitored emissions for potential public health impacts with the province’s government for some time, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers said.

AER issues report on 2012 incident near Rainbow Lake

Alberta Energy Regulator says a May 2012 release of 800 cu m of crude oil by Pace Oil & Gas Ltd. occurred due to a hole in wellhead piping caused by internal corrosion. The incident occurred about 20 km southeast of Rainbow Lake. The oil seeped into muskeg.

Energy by fiat—4: The importance of cost

What something costs is important. It's important in personal decisions about what to buy and what not to buy. It's important in governmental decisions about what policies to adopt and what policies to reject.

EPA finalizes Tier 3 motor fuel, other requirements

The US Environmental Protection Agency issued final Tier 3 emissions control requirements for motor fuels and vehicles to meet by Jan. 1, 2017. The regulations address one major concern from refiners by keeping sulfur limits per gallon at existing levels, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said.

EPA settlement could impact refineries, petrochemical plants

The US Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement to settle a lawsuit filed by community groups in Texas and Louisiana forcing it to review, and if necessary, revise formulas that refineries and chemical plants use to report toxic emission levels.

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