Category: Politics/Policy

Refiners say smog rules would raise greenhouse emissions

A refining industry trade group says proposed rules aimed at reducing smog would cause greenhouse gas emissions to increase because of the fossil fuels consumed in making cleaner fuel.  More »

Senate adds new twist to light bulb battle

After butting heads about new energy-efficient standards for light bulbs, politicians added language into an appropriations bill that would require federal agencies to go green or go in the dark.  More »

Williams, ConocoPhillips agree to EPA penalties

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says two natural gas production companies have agreed to pay a total of $248,000 to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act on the Southern Ute Reservation in southwest Colorado.  More »

Lawmakers: U.S. should be doing more to block Cuban offshore drilling

A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers today blasted the Obama administration for not doing more to block offshore drilling off the coast of Cuba. Instead of working to prevent the drilling, the Cuban-descended lawmakers said, the Interior Department has coordinated with the first of several companies set to explore in the area.  More »

Gas fracking probably caused U.K. earthquakes

Two small earthquakes near Blackpool in northwest England earlier this year were probably caused by hydraulic fracturing, a technique of grinding underground rocks to extract natural gas.  More »

Security firm says hackers targeted chemical companies

Cyber attacks traced to China targeted at least 48 chemical and military-related companies in an effort to steal technical secrets, a U.S. computer security company said Tuesday, adding to complaints about pervasive Internet crime linked to this country.  More »

Huntsman calls for investigation of oil ‘monopoly’

Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman says federal officials must investigate what he calls a monopoly in the oil industry.  More »

Feds issue record number of deep-water drilling permits in October

Government permitting of offshore drilling projects soared in October, as federal regulators signed off on the drilling of 13 deep-water wells during the month — the best record since the administration lifted a moratorium on that offshore exploration a year ago.  More »

EPA official: agency will reply to power plant rule before deadline

A top Environmental Protection Agency official said today the agency would have enough time to go through public comments on a proposed power-plant rule that a coalition of utilities and states such as Texas has asked a court to delay.  More »

Greens, citing Lake Michigan spill, call for Congress not to block EPA rule

Environmental groups today upped pressure on Congress not to block the Environmental Protection Agency from handing down restrictions on coal-ash disposal, citing reports of an ash spill into Lake Michigan on Monday.  More »

President says much to consider in pipeline route

President Barack Obama tells Omaha television station KETV that the potential jobs created by a proposed oil pipeline through Nebraska must be weighed against any possible health risks to the public.  More »

Parents will urge TCEQ to deny Valero tax exemption

Angry parents from across Texas are urging the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to reject a request by Valero Energy and other energy companies for a tax exemption that could cost schools and cities $135 million in refunds.  More »

Iran, Kuwait want no change in oil output

Oil-exporting nations don’t need to alter their production, and crude prices are at satisfactory levels, Iran’s oil minister and the chief executive officer of Kuwait’s national oil company said.  More »

Transocean asks judge to force BP to indemnify spill damages

A Transocean Ltd. unit asked a U.S. judge to order BP Plc to honor a blanket indemnity against oil spill damages that the Deepwater Horizon rig owner claims was part of its drilling contract.  More »

Obama risks alienating supporters with pipeline decision

The crowd of wealthy Democratic fundraisers and donors who protested outside President Obama’s $5,000-a-head San Francisco fundraiser last week — dubbed the “powerful and the POd” — aren’t going away.  More »