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March 25, 2013
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  • Senate OKs amendment to approve Keystone XL pipeline
    An amendment by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., to the Senate budget that endorses TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline cleared the Senate in a 62 to 37 vote. "It puts the Senate on record in support of the Keystone pipeline project. And that's just appropriate," Hoeven said. "The Department of State has done four environmental impact statements over the last five years -- four -- and said there are no significant environmental impacts. And it's time that we in the Senate stepped up with the American people." The Hill/E2 Wire blog (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry News 
  • Texas play is seen driving job growth in industry
    The energy industry's development of the Eagle Ford Shale play in Texas supported nearly 100,000 jobs in 2012, and the figure is expected to grow within a decade, said R.T. Dukes, managing director of Skilled labor is the most sought after in the industry. "We are seeing skilled labor demands for technicians, gas measurement, welders, pipefitters, oilfield services, hydraulic machinery operators, and other service workers," said Kenny DuBose, president of Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Regulator revises estimate of Chevron pipeline spill in Utah
    As much as 27,000 gallons of diesel fuel may have leaked from a Chevron pipeline near Willard Bay State Park in Utah, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said, revising an earlier estimate of 8,100 gallons. Chevron needs to "take the necessary corrective action to protect the public, property and the environment from potential hazards" linked to the incident, according to a directive from the agency. The company said it will work with the PHMSA to address the requirements. Associated Press (3/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Exploration & Production 
  • Texas drillers are focusing on Eaglebine, experts say
    Oil and natural gas firms operating in Texas are concentrating drilling in the so-called "Eaglebine," an area where the Eagle Ford Shale intersects with the Woodbine Sandstone, observers say. "We have been drilling wells, and other people have as well," said Thomas Bowman, ZaZa Energy's vice president of evaluation geology and geophysics. "It is the extension (of the Eagle Ford Shale). It is the next thing." (3/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Encana plans fracking in 13 Mich. county wells
    Encana Oil & Gas requested approval from Michigan regulators to conduct hydraulic fracturing in 13 wells in Kalkaska, Mich. In the request, Encana said it will require more than 300 million gallons of groundwater for production. "The water withdrawals we initially applied for were based on the current data that we had," said Bridget Ford, a spokeswoman for the company. Traverse City Record-Eagle (Mich.) (3/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • API makes case against SEC payment disclosure rule
    The American Petroleum Institute in a federal appeals court hearing again made its case against a Securities and Exchange Commission policy that mandates oil, natural gas and mining firms to disclose payments made to foreign governments. "U.S. companies are already leading the way to increase transparency of their operations, and they can do it without compromising competitive information," said Marty Durbin, API executive vice president of government affairs. Platts (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rep. Hastings: Energy development to benefit from House budget
    Legislation that would set aside $984 billion in spending for six months cleared the House of Representatives. The spending plan will pave the way for new production in federal properties and the approval of key projects such as TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline, said Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee. United Press International (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Salazar issues final shale development plans for 3 states
    Development procedures for federal unconventional resources in Utah, Wyoming and Colorado have been finalized, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said. The Bureau of Land Management also rolled out proposed changes to the rules. "This plan maintains a strong focus on research and development to promote new technologies that may eventually lead to safe and responsible commercial development of these domestic energy resources," Salazar said. Oil & Gas Journal (3/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  API News 
  • Center for Offshore Safety First Annual Forum, April 29 and 30
    The Center for Offshore Safety is focused on promoting the highest levels of safety and environmental protection for offshore drilling, completions and production operations in deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The First Annual Forum's agenda has been created to provide an update on progress made by the Center and its cross-industry work groups, including SEMS Audit tools and SEMS good practices. The agenda is complemented by interactive panel sessions regarding SEMS implementation and industry experiences. The Forum is an excellent opportunity to gain an insight and understanding of SEMS, SEMS implementation, SEMS auditing, and the work being undertaken by the COS. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tell Secretary Kerry to approve the Keystone XL pipeline
    The Keystone XL pipeline is once again facing growing opposition, but we can't afford to let the critics drown out our voices. For every dollar we invest in Canada, nearly 90 cents will be returned to our economy -- creating thousands of American jobs. Don't let this vital opportunity slip away. Voice your support for the Keystone XL pipeline and American prosperity. Take action today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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