FOSSIL FUELS

DOT Announces Rulemaking for Crude Oil and Ethanol Transportation

DOT has released a rulemaking proposal for safe rail transportation of flammable material based on new Bakken crude oil data. On July 23, 2014, the Department of Transportation (DOT) released a rulemaking proposal to improve rail transportation safety for crude oil, ethanol, and other flammable materials.  The proposal includes a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)…...

Delegation Opposes New Oil & Gas Leasing Offshore California

Thirty-five members from California’s congressional delegation have urged DOI to prohibit new offshore oil and gas lease sales on California OCS Planning Areas. On July 22, 2014, 35 members of California’s congressional delegation, led by Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA), wrote a letter urging the Department of Interior (DOI) to exclude the Northern California, Central California,…...

Alaska LNG Project Group Applies for DOE Export Authorization

Alaska LNG Project partners have applied for DOE authorization to export LNG to FTA and non-FTA countries. On July 21, 2014, the Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Project participants – ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, BP, TransCanada, and Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) – announced the submission of an LNG export application to the Department of Energy (DOE)…....

BOEM Decision Facilitates Energy Resource Survey Off the Atlantic Coast

BOEM has issued a Record of Decision facilitating geological and geophysical survey activities to explore energy resources off the Atlantic Coast. On July 18, 2014, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a Record of Decision (ROD) to advance appropriate geological and geophysical survey activities (G&G) in the Mid- and South-Atlantic Planning Areas to…...

Largest Commercial Scale Post-Combustion CCS Project Begins Construction

Construction has begun on the first U.S. commercial-scale post-combustion CCS project aimed to annually capture 1.4 million metric tons of CO2. On July 15, 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced that construction has begun on the Petra Nova Project, the first U.S. commercial-scale post-combustion carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) retrofit and the largest in…...

Industry Groups Urge State Department to Approve Keystone XL

Industry groups have written the State Department urging approval of the final cross-border permit for the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. On July 8, 2014, a coalition of 44 industry groups wrote a letter requesting the State Department to complete the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline’s National Interest Determination without delay and grant final presidential permit approval…....

API Community Engagement Guidelines for Oil and Gas Developers

API has released a community engagement guide to facilitate alignment of oil and gas operations with community values and priorities. On July 9, 2014, the American Petroleum Institute (API) published Community Engagement Guidelines for oil and gas development activities.  The guidelines represent the first industry standard – ANSI/API Bulletin 100-3 – for community engagement and details steps for oil and natural…...