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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The leader overseeing a massive oil cleanup along the California coast defended the initial response, saying there were workers on the ground after the spill that stained popular beaches.

Exova won a contract with the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC) to provide a material and weld qualification program for AGDC’s Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline project.

AGDC is engaged in front-end engineering and design (FEED) for the $10 billion North Slope natural gas project. In its first contract with the company, Exova’s Houston laboratory is qualifying selected pipe mills and welding contractors specified by AGDC to work on the 727-mile, 36-inch mainline.

Rotork GO gas-over-oil actuators have been supplied for vital fail safe valve control duties on a new cryogenic LNG pipeline in Venezuela. In addition to providing the best technical solution for the application, the actuators were selected because of the high level of local support available from Rotork’s well-established company in Venezuela.

Acknowledging the Alaska LNG project is different from 32 other export applications on file, the U.S. Department of Energy on May 28 granted conditional approval for lLNG exports from the proposed terminal at Nikiski.

At least for his new role as 2015 chairman of the American Gas Association Terry D. McCallister doesn’t have far to travel. The 59-year-old natural gas executive who is chairman and CEO of WGL Holdings and Washington Gas Light Co., the 165-year-old utility company that services the Potomac region, has plenty on his plate these days, as this interview found, so time is at a premium.

Key House members berated the federal pipeline safety agency in advance of upcoming efforts by Congress to reauthorize federal pipeline safety laws. Leaders of the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials were harshly critical of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) for failing to complete numerous rulemakings stemming from the 2012 Pipeline Safety Act. Hearings in the subcommittee took place April 14. That unhappiness could result in more onerous safety regulations for natural gas transportation companies.

EIA’s recently released analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan rule shows it would result in major changes in the fuel mix used to generate electricity in the United States.

(Editor’s note: This update, provided by the Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor’s office, is part of an ongoing effort to help keep the public informed about the Alaska LNG project.)

Alaska is vast, with a lot of open ground, but it seems like transportation projects in the state — be it roads, railroads or pipelines — can’t help but cross over or under each other while traversing the same natural corridors.

Dresser-Rand, a global supplier of rotating equipment solutions to the oil, gas, petrochemical, power and process industries, was honored with the 2015 Gulf Coast Oil & Gas “New Technology Development of the Year” Award for its LNGo™ natural gas conversion system.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's gasoline supply likely will have more ethanol in coming years — but not as much as was required by federal law.

The Obama administration's proposed renewable fuel standard won't have much of an impact on gas prices, but could become an issue in the 2016 presidential elections, especially in farm states that have profited over the years from higher corn prices linked to the use of corn-based ethanol. Campaigning in Iowa, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has called for a robust renewable fuels standard.