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Oil & Gas Journal's "General Interest" section includes stories about economics, government, health, safety, and the environment, companies, and personnel moves and promotions. Among these news stories are occasional pieces about lawsuits and legal challenges from environmental and other groups-and the fallout that comes from years of legal wrangling.

Incoming AFPM president outlines challenges ahead

When incoming American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers Pres. Chet Thompson expresses concern that the US Environmental Protection Agency is acting too aggressively, it's not because AFPM's refining and petrochemical member companies can't handle government oversight.

Final EISs, management plans released for sage grouse in 10 states

The US Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Service jointly released 14 final environmental impact statements and proposed federal land management plans in 10 Western states to protect the greater sage grouse and its habitat.

Watching Government: Sandoval's timely reminders

Amid recurring declarations that the US government and western states need to closely work together, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) reminded two federal agencies' top administrators that the idea should apply to controlling methane emissions from oil and gas operations.

Senate bills would give more coastal states offshore revenue shares

US senators introduced a trio of bills on May 11 to establish or increase shares of federal revenue with states that have federal oil and gas leases off their coasts.

WEA survey finds strong support for energy development

US voters strongly support developing resources on public lands, giving states more control over regulating such activities, and lifting the ban on exporting crude oil produced in the US, concluded a survey commissioned by the Western Energy Alliance.

Apache to reorganize into three regions

Houston independent Apache Corp. reported plans to restructure the company into three "super regions" following a series of acquisitions and divestitures over the last 5 years.

A crazy ethanol idea

Catching up on its annual requirements for biofuels, the US Environmental Protection Agency offered a reminder for why the country has a Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). 

Apache closes on sale of Australian subsidiary

Houston independent Apache Corp. has completed the previously disclosed sale of its Australian subsidiary Apache Energy Ltd. to a consortium of private equity funds managed by Macquarie Corporate Holdings Ltd. and Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

Indonesia to ask OPEC to reactivate its membership

Indonesia plans to ask the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to reactivate its membership when the cartel holds its regular ministerial meeting June 5 in Vienna, said Indonesian Energy Minister Sudirman Said. The southeast Asian producer withdrew from OPEC in 2009.

MARKET WATCH: NYMEX oil prices drop the day before OPEC maintains quota

Oil prices fell on the New York and London markets on June 4 but were moving back up again June 5 in early trading after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed to maintain its 30 million b/d production quota, which most market participants had expected.

ANGA says industry using latest technology to protect water

Industry is committed to making continuous improvements and using the latest technology to recycle water and use nonpotable water, Marty Durbin, president and chief executive officer of America’s Natural Gas Alliance, said in response to a government agency’s draft about water and hydraulic fracturing.  

APA Group finalizes Queensland pipeline acquisition

Australian gas infrastructure entity APA Group has completed its purchase of BG Group’s 543-km pipeline network linking BG Group’s Surat-Bowen basin coal seam gas fields with the recently commissioned LNG plant on Curtis Island near Gladstone in Queensland.

Gazprom Neft completes first winter sea shipments of oil from Yamal Peninsula

JSC Gazprom Neft reported completion of its first winter shipments of oil from Novoportovskoye field in Russia’s Yamal Peninsula.

EPA draft assessment finds no widespread harm to drinking water from fracturing

The US Environmental Protection Agency released a draft assessment June 4 of a study in which it concluded hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources, although the agency said potential water vulnerabilities exist.

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