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  1. US House approves bill authorizing online offshore lease sales

    The US House of Representatives has approved a bill that would give the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management authority to conduct federal offshore oil and gas lease sales online. The measure, which Reps. Garrett Graves (R-La.) and Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) introduced on June 24, passed the House by voice vote on Sept. 6. HR 5577 would amend Sect. 8 of the 1953 Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act by allowing BOEM to conduct federal OCS lease sales over the internet instead of in person. Supporters said it would make leasing more transparent by allowing the public to watch proceedings online where all related information also would be available. Online sales also would save money and be more efficient, they said. If the measure becomes law, BOEM would follow the US Bureau of Land Management in moving from in-person to online federal oil and gas lease sales ( OGJ Online, Sep. 1, 2016 ). BLM, which administers onshore federal lands, acted under a provision in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, which amended the 1920 Mineral Leasing Act to allow online lease sales. It was not subject to federal regulatory notice and comment requirements because it solely related agency procedures and simply restated the relevant statutory authority. National Ocean Industries Association Pres. Randall B. Luthi applauded the House’s action. “Last month, BOEM successfully live-streamed its western Gulf of Mexico lease sale reading of bids and BLM issued its final rule to allow for internet-based onshore lease sales,” he said. “We have repeatedly seen that incorporating internet-based technologies are cost-effective improvements that can increase transparency and efficiency in the offshore lease sale process.” Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com .

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    Wed, 7 Sep 2016

  2. Coal News: Coal pensions, benefits divide Kentucky Senate candidates

    In Kentucky's U.S. Senate race, where proving your coal bonafides is a prerequisite for holding public office, the two major party candidates disagree over a bill that would rescue the pensions and health benefits of thousands of retired miners.

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    Fri, 23 Sep 2016

  3. Clean Power Plan to have its day in court

    The plan has seen legal and political resistance since the August 3, 2015, when it was first unveiled

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    Mon, 19 Sep 2016

  4. Oil and Gas News: Alabama House approves spill settlement bill, Medicaid fix

    The Alabama House of Representatives approved a plan Wednesday to use the state's oil spill settlement money to pay back money borrowed during a past budget shortfall and for road projects in coastal counties.

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    Thu, 18 Aug 2016

  1. US Senate picks members for conference on broad energy policy reforms

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    Wed, 13 Jul 2016

  2. House Republicans prefer pipeline permit reforms to BLM methane rule

    Fifty-seven Republican members of the US House of Representatives , including Speaker Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (Utah), urged US Sec. of the Interior Sally Jewell to have the US Bureau of Land Management withdraw its proposed methane venting and ...

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    Thu, 28 Jul 2016

  3. Hydropower legislation sails through U.S. House of Representatives

    The Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 sails through U.S. House of Representatives with a unanimous 422-0 vote.

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    Wed, 13 Feb 2013

  4. Libya’s NOC rival leaders reach unification agreement

    The chairman of Libya’s National Oil Corp. and his counterpart appointed by the government in Bayda agreed to unify the state company under a single management in an attempt to end a conflict about who controls Libya’s crude oil exports and oil revenues.

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    Tue, 5 Jul 2016

  5. Coal News: Wyoming US House candidates debate 2 weeks before primary

    Republicans running for Wyoming's U.S. House seat placed blame for coal's hard times squarely with the federal government Tuesday, agreeing in a debate the state doesn't need job training help so much as for regulators to get out of the industry's way.

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    Wed, 3 Aug 2016

  6. Resolution opposing Obama’s crude oil tax passes US House

    The US House of Representatives approved a resolution opposing President Barack Obama’s proposal to impose a $10.25/bbl tax on crude oil to support new transportation systems’ research and development. H. Con. Res 112 was approved on June 10 by a 234-177 vote, largely along party lines. ...

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    Mon, 13 Jun 2016

  7. Senate vote sends 2016 pipeline safety bill to White House

    The US Senate unanimously approved an amended federal pipeline safety bill it received days earlier from the House of Representatives , sending it to the White House for President Obama’s signature.

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    Tue, 14 Jun 2016

  8. Bill allowing Internet-based OCS lease sales receives committee approval

    The US House Committee on Natural Resources has unanimously approved HR 5577, the Innovation in Offshore Leasing Act, and favorably reported it to the House of Representatives by unanimous consent.

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    Wed, 13 Jul 2016

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