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Oil & Gas UK lauds final approval of EU directive on offshore safety

Oil & Gas UK commended the European Parliament for working together to achieve the EU Council of Ministers’ June 10 final adoption of the EU directive on offshore safety.

UK launches review of offshore oil and gas

The UK government has launched an independent review of nontax influences on offshore oil and gas activity, acknowledging the need for careful management of a mature but still-promising industry.

Macondo cleanup officially ends off three states

BP PLC and the US Coast Guard report that cleanup work from the Macondo oil spill has ended in Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida, but BP said cleanup operations continue along 84 miles of Louisiana’s coast.

Report sees gas as near-term, but far from only, GHG control option

Using more natural gas could help reduce US greenhouse gas emissions in the near to medium term, but deeper long-term reductions will require broader deployment of other low-carbon energy sources as well, a new Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) report concluded.

CBO report examines carbon tax's possible consequences

Establishing a tax on carbon would raise significant revenue for the federal government, but could have potentially serious general economic impacts, the Congressional Budget Office said in a new report.

State air regulators ask to be part of EPA settlement discussions

Noting that they are responsible for actually implementing about 90% of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s requirements, air-quality regulators from 48 states have asked to be included when EPA tries to settle lawsuits brought by environmental organizations.

API cites growing support for opening areas to offshore drilling

Broad, bipartisan support is building among lawmakers at the state and federal levels for expanding access to offshore oil and gas drilling and development, said Erik Milito, American Petroleum Institute director of upstream and industry operations.

Report sees gas as near-term, but far from only, GHG control option

Using more natural gas could help reduce US greenhouse gas emissions in the near to medium term, but deeper long-term reductions will require broader deployment of other low-carbon energy sources as well, a new Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) report concluded.

BSEE, USCG sign agreement to jointly regulate MODUs on OCS

US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director James A. Watson and US Coast Guard Rear Adm. Joseph Servidio signed a memorandum of agreement for regulating mobile offshore drilling units on the US Outer Continental Shelf.

UK rejects bid for low-carbon power target

The UK House of Commons has defeated a proposed amendment to the government’s energy bill that would have set an aggressive 2030 target for lowering carbon emissions in electric power generation.

Shrinking middle ground

Given the option, issue managers at most oil and gas companies probably would prefer to let others fight over global warming. For them, neither side of the question is comfortable.

BSEE begins to establish Ocean Energy Safety Institute

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement is establishing an independent Ocean Energy Safety Institute, BSEE Director James A. Watson announced.

Tesoro agrees to payment to settle air pollution charges

Tesoro Corp. and two subsidiaries agreed to pay $1.1 million to resolve claims that they violated the federal Clean Air Act, the US Environmental Protection Agency said on May 30.

Statoil accepts Gullfaks C incident fine

Statoil has accepted a 30-million kroner ($5.1-million) fine imposed earlier this year by a public prosecutor for Rogaland County, Norway, in connection with a May 2010 well-control problem at its Gullfaks C platform in the North Sea.

Ernst & Young: HSE remains priority for oil, gas industry

Health, safety, and the environment remains among the top priorities for oil and gas companies, reflecting an attitude of zero tolerance for accidents, Ernst & Young said in a recent report on a survey of more than 100 executives from 90 companies in 21 countries.

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