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EPA air proposals should recognize progress, API official says

The US Environmental Protection Agency should recognize progress that is continuing before it considers imposing costly new air quality requirements, an American Petroleum Institute official suggested.

EPA poses tighter ground-level ozone pollution controls

The US Environmental Protection Agency proposed reducing ground-level emissions limits to 65-70 ppb from its current level of 75 ppb. It also will take comments on possibly cutting limits to 60 ppb.

API: Producers reducing methane emissions already

US oil and gas producers are reducing wellhead methane emissions already and don’t need ill-conceived, overly prescriptive federal regulations, American Petroleum Institute officials said.

Renewed dilbit investigation faces similar hurdles of past debate

A National Research Council committee opened a second investigation of potential environmental consequences from diluted bitumen (dilbit) spills from pipelines. It quickly became apparent that this committee would encounter similar problems balancing the need to keep the inquiry manageable while addressing a sufficiently wide range of questions.

Fire hits ORPIC’s Muscat refinery

A fire that hit Oman Oil Refineries & Petroleum Industries Co.’s (ORPIC) 106,000-b/d Mina Al Fahal refinery near Muscat, Oman, on Dec. 4 has been contained, the company said.

Proposed rail tank car rule could cost economy billions, report says

The US Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Administration’s proposed rail tank car rule could cost the US economy as much as $60 billion, a report commissioned by the Railway Supply Institute found.

Outgoing Maryland governor moving ahead on fracing regulations

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley plans to propose regulations that would allow hydraulic fracturing in western Maryland provided that natural gas companies adhere to certain restrictions to limit the risks of water contamination and air pollution.

AFPM files notice of intent to sue EPA over 2015 RFS

The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers filed a notice of intent to sue the US Environmental Protection Agency for failing to issue the 2015 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on time.

EPA will set RFS requirements for this year next year

How bad does regulation of the Renewable Fuel Standard have to become before the US Congress ends a program broken beyond repair?

EPA proposes tighter ground-level ozone pollution controls

The US Environmental Protection Agency proposed reducing ground-level emissions limits to 65-70 ppb from their current level of 75 ppb. It also will take comments on possibly cutting limits to 60 ppb.

BSEE extends platform aviation safety proposal comment period

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement extended the public comment period on its proposed regulations to improve the safety of helideck and aviation fuel operations on fixed offshore facilities until Dec. 24.

EPA air proposals should recognize progress, API official says

The US Environmental Protection Agency should recognize progress that is continuing before it considers imposing costly new air quality requirements, an American Petroleum Institute official suggested.

Fatal Echo platform explosion occurred during maintenance work

Fieldwood Energy LLC, Houston, reported that the Nov. 20 explosion at its West Delta 105 “E” platform, known as Echo, occurred as employees of Fieldwood-contracted Turnkey Cleaning Services (TCS) were cleaning a heater-treater.

DOI, Colorado announce Roan Plateau development dispute settlement

A dispute over development of federal natural gas leases on the Roan Plateau in western Colorado that were issued in 2008 has been settled, the US Department of the Interior and Colorado state government jointly announced in Denver.

Deloitte: US gas supplies rebuilt since last winter, EIA's Sieminski says

The biggest issue this winter could be electricity generation in New England because of pipeline constraints rather than a drawdown of stored natural gas as happened last winter because of severe cold weather, said Adam Sieminski, administrator for the US Energy Information Administration.

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