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Senate crude exports hearing raises price, logistics, safety issues

Potential consumer price impacts dominated a US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing examining whether to allow more exports of domestically produced crude oil. Witnesses agreed that permitting more US crude to be sold abroad could provide benefits, but were divided on whether changes need to be made in the Jones Act and other transportation regulations.

SPE/IADC: Collaboration, innovation must transcend oil price

Leaders from oil and gas operators and drilling contractors were empanelled Mar. 17 at the 2015 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference & Exposition to tackle the issue of delivering wells in a changing world.

Senate, House bills introduced to block EPA ozone proposal

US Senate and House members introduced bills to block the US Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to lower ground-level ozone limits as the plan’s comment period ended and the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing to examine its implications.

Production from Pluto LNG plant shut following Cyclone Olwyn

Woodside Petroleum Ltd. has temporarily shut-in production at its Pluto LNG plant after the Atwood Osprey submersible drilling rig drifted near Pluto flowlines during Cyclone Olwyn, which impacted the Australia’s northwest coast on Mar. 12.

Alberta introduces oil sands environmental requirements

Alberta introduced new requirements to control tailings ponds and regulate water use from the Athabasca River as part of the Canadian province’s efforts to reduce oil sands development impacts.

Western Australia's EPA gives nod for Gorgon LNG fourth train

The Environmental Protection Authority of Western Australia (EPAWA) has approved plans for expansion of the Gorgon-Jansz LNG project on Barrow Island into a fourth train.

Messing with RFS

At a Mar. 7 gathering in Des Moines of Republicans flirting with presidential candidacy, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad opened with a warning: "Don't mess with the RFS."

US Arctic priorities shortchange Alaskans' needs, Senate panel told

As the US prepares to chair the Arctic Council later this year, the country recognizes that international decisions can directly affect Alaska and its residents and plans to closely engage with them, Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., the US Department of State's Special Representative for the Arctic, told the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

API examining environmental impacts of dilbit when released

The American Petroleum Institute is studying the properties of diluted bitumen (dilbit) and expects to develop findings about how oil sands crude behaves when it is accidentally released, API Pipeline Director Peter Lidiak told a National Academies hearing on the subject.

USW, Shell reach tentative deal to end strike at US refineries

Royal Dutch Shell PLC and the United Steelworkers union (USW) have reached a tentative bargaining agreement over pay, benefits, and health and safety standards for union workers that could settle a more than 6-week unfair labor practice (ULP) strike in effect at 15 US refineries and associated installations.

Tillerson: Sound policies needed to buoy N. American energy revolution

The US government needs to adjust its energy policies to ensure the country realizes all the benefits of the new era of energy abundance, said Rex W. Tillerson, ExxonMobil Corp. chairman and chief executive officer, during a Mar. 12 address to The Economic Club of Washington.

USGS: More data needed to grasp fracing’s water-quality risks

More data and research will be necessary to better understand potential water-quality risks associated with US unconventional oil and gas resource development, a recent US Geological Survey study concluded.

Prosper files OSCA application for Rigel oil sands project

Prosper Petroleum Ltd., Calgary, has filed an Oil Sands Conservation Act application with Alberta Energy Regulator for the Rigel oil sands project.

ExxonMobil resumes drilling from Point Thomson near ANWR

Following years of legal wrangling, ExxonMobil Corp. has resumed drilling in the high-pressure Point Thomson gas-condensate field on Alaska’s North Slope near the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

Oil Climate Index measures 30 global crudes’ environmental impacts

Researchers at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Stanford University, and the University of Calgary unveiled the first Oil Climate Index to compare various crude oils’ environmental impacts from the wellhead to the consumer.

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