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NY top court considers local bans on gas drilling

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The cases being argued before the Court of Appeals involve bans in the small towns of Dryden and Middlefield in rural central New York.
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This photo from Friday, May 2, 2014, shows a display of two stuffed lesser prairie chickens at the Kansas Statehouse, in Topeka, Kan. Kansas is taking new steps to push back against the federal government's listing of the bird as a threatened species. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas pushes back on lesser prairie chicken

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced Tuesday that he is pushing the federal government to assume some costs for protecting the lesser prairie chicken by expanding incentives for farmers to enroll their land in a longstanding conservation program.

Let the complaints begin…

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A day after the roll out of the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas control rule for existing power plants under the CAA, section 111(d), we have the usual complaints from the usual quarters that meeting the requirements will cause wide economic disruption, and that the proposal is not legally consistent with the 111(d) provisions of the […]
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Lawyers ask Scalia to throw out BP’s bid to stall spill payments

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Plaintiffs’ attorneys on Monday called BP’s latest attempt to suspend oil spill payments “buyer’s remorse” for its $9.2 billion settlement and argued the oil company’s claims of fraud are bogus.

And the Winner is….Cap and Trade

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Today the EPA released its rules requiring reductions in greenhouse gases from existing fossil fuel fired electricity generating units (EGUs).  Nominally, the rules call for an overall 30% reduction in these emissions from 2005 by 2030.  The hallmark of the rule is “flexibility” as the EPA looked at the most promising tools for reducing GHGs […]
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July 9 hearing set in BP employees’ criminal case

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A federal appeals court has set a July 9 hearing in the manslaughter case against two BP employees charged in connection with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 offshore rig workers.
A BP company logo sits on display on the forecourt of a gas station operated by BP in London. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

Scalia ruling for BP could grant 6-month freeze on oil spill payouts

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A favorable ruling from Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia could buy BP at least another six months to avoid hundreds of millions of dollars in disputed oil spill payments to businesses claiming damages from the 2010 disaster, legal experts said Thursday.
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Phillips 66 says court supports Sweeny takeover from PDVSA

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The International Chamber of Commerce’s Court of Arbitration last month upheld Phillips 66’s right to exercise a call option in 2009 and assume PDVSA’s interest in Merey Sweeny LP, Rich Johnson, a spokesman for the Houston-based refiner, said in an e-mail Wednesay.
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BP asks Supreme Court to keep hold on spill payments in place

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A federal judge on Wednesday lifted a hold on BP’s oil spill settlement payments to businesses who say the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster wrecked the economy and inflicted big financial losses.

EPA Proposes new “residual risk” rule for refineries

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Cross Posted from Center for Progressive Reform Blog: On May 14, 2014, the EPA proposed new rules to control “residual risk” from hazardous air emissions (such as from benzene) at the nation’s petroleum refineries.     The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to calculate whether or not residual risk to human health exists after […]