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February 8, 2013
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  • House Republicans make case for Keystone XL approval
    A group of House Republicans called on President Barack Obama to green-light TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline. "Our economy can no longer be put on hold while the bureaucratic process you set in motion jeopardizes this critical project. You can guarantee Americans the jobs they deserve, and prevent our national security from being undermined, with a simple stroke of the pen," the lawmakers said. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry News 
  • Shale gas is shifting U.S. energy landscape, GE CEO says
    The shale natural gas boom is transforming the U.S. energy landscape, said Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of General Electric. During an event in Washington, D.C., Immelt also touted free trade and its potential economic benefits. Reuters (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • TransCanada CEO to discuss Keystone XL with State Dept. official
    TransCanada President and CEO Russ Girling and Kerri-Ann Jones, the State Department's assistant secretary for oceans and international environmental and scientific affairs, are holding closed-door discussions about the approval prospects for its Keystone XL pipeline. Any decision about the project won't come until late March, the department has said. Girling also believes the pipeline will secure approval "very soon." The Hill/E2 Wire blog (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wyo. university receives $2.5M donation from ExxonMobil
    The University of Wyoming has received a $2.5 million donation from ExxonMobil, which will help the university acquire new lab equipment for its improved-recovery program. "We believe that by investing in Wyoming's higher education, an even greater number of students will be able to contribute to the next generation of energy development," said Randy Broiles, vice president of the Americas for ExxonMobil Production. Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyo.) (tiered subscription model) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chevron gets high spot in AOL Jobs' best employer list
    Chevron nabbed one of the top spots on AOL Jobs' Best Employers of 2013 list because of high employee satisfaction numbers, pay and relaxation, according to data from PayScale. According to Chevron's website, the company focuses on employee wellbeing "as well as a variety of health-oriented programs and services such as personal training, massage therapy and group exercise classes." The company also offers programs for families and new mothers. AOL Jobs (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Exploration & Production 
  • Chevron announces offshore gas discovery in Australia
    One of Chevron's wells off the Australian coast struck natural gas, the company announced. The Kentish Knock South-1 well contained 246 feet of net gas pay, which is thicker than two offshore discoveries made off the west Australian coast in December 2012. (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Noble Energy sees April start for Israel gas field production
    Initial output from Israel's Tamar natural gas field is expected to begin in April, Noble Energy said, detailing its production plans for the year. "In 2013, we anticipate another year of growth as we deliver 20% production growth over 2012 after adjusting for our 2012 property sales," said Charles Davidson, the company's chairman and CEO. Platts (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Refining & Marketing 
  • MDU Resources, Calumet team up to build N.D. refinery
    Calumet Specialty Products Partners struck a deal to jointly develop and operate a refinery in Dickinson, N.D., with MDU Resources. The proposed 20,000-barrel-per-day facility will process Bakken Shale crude oil to produce diesel fuel. "Construction of the refinery could begin this spring and is expected to take up to 20 months," the companies said. Reuters (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Innovation 
  • Sen. Wyden calls for tougher federal rules for fracking
    The Obama administration should consider adding health and environmental protection measures to its rules covering hydraulic fracturing, said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. "Production of oil and gas resources from our public lands is of great importance to our Nation's energy supply," Wyden said. "At the same time, residents of neighboring communities must have confidence that the water they drink and the air they breathe will be free of harmful pollutants." The Hill/RegWatch blog (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Interior Dept. completes plans for central Gulf lease sale
    Plans for the Interior Department's Central Gulf of Mexico lease sale in March have been completed, the department announced. Up to 38 million acres in the Central Gulf of Mexico Planning Area will be covered in the sale, which could lead to production of nearly 1 billion barrels of oil and nearly 4 trillion cubic of natural gas in production, the department said. The Wall Street Journal (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  API News 
  • API 650: Welded Steel Tanks for Fuel Storage, Feb. 25 to March 1
    This one-week course delves into the very complex world of large field erected fuel storage tanks built under API Standard 650. This is a technical design class for above-ground closed and open-top welded steel storage tanks operated under atmospheric pressure reviewing: materials, design, fabrication, erection and testing. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • International Trade and Customs Conference Announced
    The 2013 International Trade and Customs Conference, March 17 to 19, will be held in Galveston, Texas. Up-to-date information on what is happening with customs, border protection, and international trade in the areas of duty drawback, imports, exports and foreign trade zones will be presented. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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