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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate has passed a bipartisan bill approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The 62-36 vote on Thursday advanced a top priority of the newly empowered GOP, which championed the legislation despite a presidential veto threat. Keystone is the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.

The measure fell short of the threshold needed to override a veto. It also needs to be reconciled with the House version.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three powerful accidents in recent years highlight weaknesses in the oversight of how natural gas providers maintain the largest pipelines in their networks, accident investigators said Tuesday as they issued more than two dozen safety recommendations.

Studies by the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) show significant potential added energy and economic benefits to the United States if the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific outer continental shelf (OCS) were opened to offshore oil and natural gas development.

At 35-foot tall and equally as wide, a glycol dehydrator may be big, but this gift is a perfect fit just the same. The device, which is used to remove water from natural gas before compression and distribution, is now nestled snugly into one corner of the Susquehanna County, PA site of Lackawanna College's School of Petroleum & Natural Gas.

Technip has unveiled the name for its latest newbuild diving support vessel (DSV), being built by Vard. The vessel will be known as the Deep Explorer. The high-specification vessel will be equipped with terms of navigation Dynamic Positioning Class 3 navigation equipment and feature a 24-man saturated dive system. With a large deck area, working moon pool, work-class ROVs and a 400Te offshore crane, the vessel will provide diverless construction activities.

TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline has just completed a year’s service of bringing Canadian tar sand syn crude from Alberta to U.S. Gulf Coast facilities for refining and marketing. This was the third phase of the project. Bringing crude from Cushing, OK to Texas began in January 2013 and still has a lateral line to be completed that will bring crude oil from Nederland, TX to Houston-area refineries. A terminal will be completed in mid-2015 for the Houston refining.

Gas production has begun from Jack/St. Malo project in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, a major step in Statoil’s plan to have more than a fourfold increase in offshore production from the U.S. Gulf of Mexico by 2020.

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.

Statoil has proposed building a subsea pipeline twice as large as needed to take gas from Norway’s giant new Johan Sverdrup oil and gas field to accommodate future finds that could be tied into the new line, gas system operator Gassco said.

Rigs at risk from drifting icebergs can expect an early warning following research by the Memorial University of Newfoundland. The Autonomous Ocean Systems Laboratory (AOSL) at the university is part of a long-term study modeling the behavior of icebergs that includes acquiring real-world data that will increase the accuracy of predicting the rate and direction of their drift.