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Motiva to integrate Norco, Convent refineries in Louisiana

Mar 26, 2015

Houston-based Motiva Enterprises LLC reported it will integrate the company’s two Louisiana refineries—the 220,000-b/cd Norco facility and the 227,000-b/cd Convent facility—creating the Louisiana Refining System (LRS).

NGC asks CEQ to withdraw GHG guidance for agencies

Mar 26, 2015

Six US natural gas associations jointly asked the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to withdraw its December 2014 guidance for federal agencies to consider greenhouse gas emissions in their regulatory activities.

Senate Democrats offer bill to reduce crude volatility on rail cars

Mar 26, 2015

Four US Senate Democrats introduced a bill that would require reductions of volatility in crude oil shipped by rail. The bill, S. 859, also would halt the use of older-model tank cars that have been shown to be at higher risk for puncturing and catching fire during derailments, the measure’s sponsors said.

API, AAR develop crude-by-rail safety course for first responders

Mar 25, 2015

Associations representing the US oil and rail industries jointly announced a new safety course for first responders to crude-by-rail accidents.

Ending crude exports ban would help US security, Rice study finds

Mar 25, 2015

Lifting the 40-year-old US crude oil export ban would benefit pricing, energy security, and petroleum investment, according to a new study issued by the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy in Houston.

DOE report identifies deficiencies in crude oil analysis techniques

Mar 25, 2015

A US Department of Energy report found gaps in important crude oil characterization data, uncertainty about how to best sample and analyze crude to ensure its properties are determined accurately, and deficiencies in understanding how a crude’s properties affect its potential to accidentally ignite, combust, and explode.

Shell completes $1.7 billion lease, trunk line sale in Nigeria

Mar 25, 2015

Shell Petroleum Development Co. of Nigeria Ltd. (SPDC) has completed its assignment of interest in oil mining lease 29 (OML 29) and the Nembe Creek trunk line (NCTL) and related facilities in the Eastern Niger Delta to Aiteo Eastern E&P Co. Ltd. for $1.7 billion.

Rio Grande LNG plant, gas pipeline granted FERC pre-filing status

Mar 25, 2015

NextDecade LLC has received notification from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission of acceptance into the pre-filing process for its 27-million tonne/year Rio Grande LNG liquefaction plant and associated Rio Bravo pipeline.

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