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MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. (AP) — The fiery derailment of a train carrying crude oil in West Virginia is one of three in the past year involving tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires — leading some to suggest even tougher requirements that industry representatives say would be costly.

Newly sworn-in Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton told about 165 members of the Texas Pipeline Association (TPA) members in Houston that he will be looking to the oil and gas industry for “good, sound advice” on improving regulations during his tenure. The Texas A&M University graduate said it is imperative to establish a “level playing field for operators” where regulations are concerned and in some ways work as an advocate for Texas’ energy interests, which must compete with other states.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's state oil company says it will no longer use pipelines to ship finished, usable gasoline or diesel amid a wave of fuel theft.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Congress has cleared a bill approving the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. That sets up a confrontation with President Barack Obama, who has threatened to veto the measure.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline across the Blue Ridge Mountains lost a legislative battle Monday.

Environmentalists and property owners in the path of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline were seeking repeal of a 2004 state law that allows interstate natural gas companies to do testing and surveying on private property without the consent of the owner.

Linde North America has completed installation of the gasifier vessel, a significant step in the construction of its new gasification train at its La Porte, TX facility. The plant is part of an investment that includes a state-of-the art air separation unit (ASU), which is also under construction. The gasification plant is scheduled to come on-stream in early 2015.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) signed a two-year alliance with the National Service, Transmission, Exploration & Production Safety Network and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities among workers in the exploration and production sector of the oil and gas industry.

Venture Global LNG has announced plans to develop an LNG export facility, the Calcasieu Pass Project, in southwestern Louisiana. The project, south of Lake Charles, will be built, operated and manufactured in Louisiana and will create 1,500 construction jobs, 326 indirect jobs and 100 permanent jobs for the community.

Although the total tonnage of transport pipe needed in North America was down as of late summer, that has not been due to decreased construction activity ahead. Rather, it reflects NGL and oil pipes crowding out demand for large-diameter gas transmission pipe, and the prevalence of reversals and conversions of existing pipe, according to a report by Amanda Eglinton, senior research analyst for IHS Global Insight.

ACI (Active Communications International) is holding the Next Generation Oil & Gas Pipeline Security conference Feb. 17-19, 2015 in Houston, TX. This conference is designed to provide a fully comprehensive platform to security experts involved in the protection of oil and gas infrastructure, assets and staff. The event will include methods of defense against threats such as attacks on supply infrastructure, accidents, natural and unnatural disasters and rising terrorism and cyber-attacks.

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