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Senate Republicans introduce energy amendment to jobs bill

Three Republican members of the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee introduced legislation that would approve the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline and expedite applications to export US LNG as an amendment to the Unemployment Insurance Extension Bill.

Ultra Petroleum selects senior vice-president

Ultra Petroleum Corp., Houston, has appointed Brad Johnson to succeed William Picquet, who will retire from the company at the end of the month, as senior vice-president, operations.

Columbia Pipeline names chief executive officer

Columbia Pipeline Group (CPG), a unit of NiSource Inc., has named Glen L. Kettering as its executive vice-president and group chief executive officer.

East Timor not entitled to Bayu-Undan gas pipeline tax, Australia warns

The Australian government has written to East Timor to warn that the East Timorese are not entitled to tax the natural gas pipeline from the Bayu-Undan gas-condensate fields in the Timor Sea to the Darwin LNG plant operated by ConocoPhillips.

New Gulf Resources appoints chief executive officer

New Gulf Resources LLC, Tulsa, has appointed Ralph A. Hill as chief executive officer and chairman of its board. He previously served as chief executive officer and president of WPX Energy Inc.

MARKET WATCH: Oil, gas prices end March on strong note

Crude oil futures on the New York and London markets were down slightly Mar. 31 after weekend talks between US Sec. of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov seemingly yielded little progress toward resolving the Ukraine conflict.

Apache to sell more Western Canada assets

Houston independent Apache Corp. has agreed to sell its producing oil and gas assets in the Deep basin area of western Alberta and British Columbia for $374 million. The transaction is expected to close on or about Apr. 30.

MARKET WATCH: Crude oil futures end week above $100/bbl mark

The New York Mercantile Exchange May crude oil contract was up 39¢ on Mar. 28, closing at $101.67/bbl. The June contract increased 36¢ to settle at $100.89/bbl.

Workshops planned on offshore voluntary near-miss reporting system

Workshops will be held Apr. 22 in Los Angeles and Apr. 24 in Houston to discuss the federal government’s new voluntary near-miss reporting system for oil and gas producers, the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced in a Mar. 31 Federal Register notice.

API report unveils economic gains from US crude exports

A recent study details significant US jobs gains, reduced consumer fuel costs, and robust economic growth associated with future crude oil exports, according to Kyle Isakower, vice-president for regulatory and economic policy for the American Petroleum Institute. The new study, by ICF International and EnSys Energy, was released Mar. 31 during an API conference call.

Cooper Energy buys into Basker-Manta-Gummy fields

Cooper Energy Ltd., Adelaide, has acquired a 65% interest and operatorship of the the Basker-Manta-Gummy (BMG) oil and gas fields in Bass Strait.

TPG to acquire Encana’s Jonah field operations for $1.8 billion

An affiliate of TPG Capital has agreed to acquire certain natural gas properties in Jonah field in Sublette County, Wyo., from Encana Oil & Gas Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Encana Corp., for $1.8 billion.

Empire names chief executive officer

Empire Oil & Gas NL, Claremont, Western Australia, has selected Ken Aitken as its chief executive officer. He will assume the position in May.

Marking milestones

It's said that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. While that may be the case most years—and most definitely was the case this year, if one considers the weather in Houston alone—this particular March marked a few milestones for the oil and gas industry worth noting here.

White House eyes steps to curb oil, gas methane emissions

The White House announced additional steps to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations as part of a broader strategy. They included regulations to be proposed later this year by the US Bureau of Land Management to curb natural gas flaring on public lands.

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