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Bill introduced in the US to curb oil and gas methane emissions

US Rep. Diana DeGette introduced legislation to reduce the large amounts of methane pollution and waste that are being released into the atmosphere each year by oil and gas producers across the country. The bill would mandate oil and gas producers to capture 85% of all gas produced on public lands within three years of enactment, and 99% of all gas produced on such lands within five years of enactment.

Infographic: US oil and gas industry is dangerous

Graphic Products’ Alison Warner designed an infographic presenting all the dangers that are lying behind the oil and gas industry. The equipment, the flammable chemicals and high pressures can easily result to fatal accidents. The oil and gas industry is amongst the most dangerous jobs in America, this is why it has one of the most thorough safety training programs.

Drilled but uncompleted wells in US increase

According to EIA, the number of drilled, yet uncompleted wells in seven important oil and natural gas production areas in the US has seen an important increase the last two years. The rise was up to 8,504 wells in February 2019. March’s recent count was at 8,500 wells in March 2019, experiencing a 26% increase in comparison to March 2018.

US officially eases offshore safety rules after Deepwater Horizon

On May 2, the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement released the final improved Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control regulations. BSEE’s final Well Control Rule claims that it removes unnecessary regulatory burdens to responsible offshore development while maintaining safety and environmental protection.

US announces $39 million for oil and natural gas R&D Projects

The US Department of Energy announced up to $39 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development projects in order to improve oil and natural gas technologies. Selected projects will fall under two DOE Office of Fossil Energy funding opportunity announcements. The National Energy Technology Laboratory will manage the projects under both FOAs. 

South Carolina takes action against offshore drilling

On Wednesday, South Carolina’s Senate advanced a measure that would require the state to block new infrastructure to transport or process offshore oil and gas. This comes as state lawmakers fear the Interior Department will open the Atlantic coast to offshore drilling.

Maryland passes Act to advance offshore wind industry

The state of Maryland in the US passed the Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2019. This Act aims to incentivize the creation of 1.2 GW of additional offshore wind energy off the coast of Maryland. New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey have taken similar measures as well. US Wind Country Manager Salvo Vitale called for the passage of the legislation, claiming that it will lead to important economic benefits.

US and the Netherlands sign offshore wind agreement

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on offshore wind development. Dutch Consul General Dolph Hogewoning and BOEM Acting Director Walter Cruikshank signed the agreement on 8 April at the Consulate General of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in New York. 

US offshore wind growth may not be that easy, report says

In recent years the US Department of Energy established an ambitious plan to grow the US offshore wind sector. However, in a new paper, Yale researchers make the case that it might not be as easy as it seems. Creating a domestic program to build and install offshore wind turbines would create a complex web, raising questions of natural resource consumption.

Oregon governor signs offshore drilling ban into law

US Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 256 into law, creating a new line of defense against offshore oil and gas drilling. The bipartisan bill makes permanent a moratorium on oil and gas leasing in Oregon’s Territorial Sea that had been set to expire in 2020.

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