Category: Politics/Policy

Flood board to decide next week on ‘Big Oil’ lawsuit appeal

U.S. District Judge Nanette Jolivette Brown recently ruled that the board had no legal standing to bring the suit and that the energy companies had no legal duty to protect the board from the effects of coastal erosion.  More »

Group backs off plan to put fracking ban on Colorado ballot

State employment figures show that about 26,000 people were directly employed in the oil and gas industry in Colorado in 2013-14, including support operations. The industry claims a much large number based on an economic ripple effect.  More »

Celebrities line up to blast Keystone XL

The singers, filmmakers and actors — including “Revenge” star Emily VanCamp and Dawn Oliveri of “House of Lies” — lay out arguments against the pipeline in a new video.  More »

Putin threatens Ukraine with gas cutoff

Putin said that Ukraine’s latest payment would be good only for another three to four days, warning that Russia will have to turn off the tap if Ukraine doesn’t remit payment quickly.  More »

Obama vetoes Keystone XL bill

The fight over the $8 billion project is far from over, with Republicans vowing to try again to force construction and a White House spokesman stressing that Obama’s veto does not foreclose an eventual permit for TransCanada’s proposed border-crossing pipeline.  More »

Interior Secretary: Feds won’t overrule tougher state fracking regulations

At issue are proposed regulations from the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management that would govern the design and stimulation of wells on public lands.  More »

Texas producers paid record amont of state and local taxes last year

The figures come at a time when the energy sector is dramatically slowing its activity in Texas amid falling oil prices, prompting some concern about whether public entities that have grown accustomed to oil money could feel the pinch as production slows.  More »

Agency to vote on reducing California gas tax by 7.5 cents

The agency’s staff is recommending reducing the excise tax rate from 18 cents to 10.5 cents.  More »

Colorado oil, gas debate resumes as task force finishes up

The 21-member task force has been wrestling with how much power local governments should have to regulate drilling.  More »

Report: Most Keystone crude will stay in U.S.

President Barack Obama has questioned the merits of the pipeline, suggesting last year that the crude carried through it would go “everywhere else” but the U.S.  More »

Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a den…  More »

Feds propose Arctic drilling mandates

The Interior Department’s proposal would for the first time impose specific mandates on offshore drilling in isolated U.S. Arctic waters — updating rules that were built decades ago for the much more temperate Gulf of Mexico.  More »

84th Texas Legislature: Energy Consumer Watchlist

The 84th session of the Texas Legislature is in full swing, with scores of bills already filed that could end up helping or harming Texas energy consumers.  More »

Obama’s chief economist says oil price drop offsets slowdown overseas

The annual Economic Report of the President, to be released Thursday, projected 3 percent annual growth this year.  More »

Senators push for oil export deal with Mexico

At issue is a Pemex affiliate’s request to export 100,000 barrels per day of light U.S. oil and condensates in exchange for heavy Mexican crude — a transaction that can be approved by U.S. regulators on a case-by-case basis under existing trade laws.  More »
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