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The US Environmental Protection Agency issued emergency fuel waivers for Allegheny County, Pa., to ensure that fuel supplies remain adequate following damage to a pipeline that supplies the area.

A final rule signed May 31 by US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew R. Wheeler that waives summertime Reid Vapor Pressure limits and allows year-round sales of gasoline with a 15% ethanol blend was met with disappointment by refiners and with delight by corn ethanol producers.

Russian production fell by 170,000 b/d from April to May as the disruption to oil exports caused output to fall to 60,000 b/d less than the production-cut commitment. The last hurdle is restoring 750,000 b/d via the northern leg of Druzhba.

The US drilling rig count gained a single rig to reach 984 rigs working for the week ended May 31, according to Baker Hughes data. The count is down 76 units from the 1,060 rigs working this time a year ago.

Marathon Oil Corp. closed on the sale of its 15% participating interest in the Atrush block in Kurdistan, where first-quarter production averaged 2,400 net boe/d. The divestiture marks the company’s exit from the country.


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