Category: Politics/Policy

EPA shows regulations that can kill jobs can also create

Lincoln Paper & Tissue LLC is nestled near a pond amid the forested countryside of Maine. It’s a 128-year-old mill where third-generation workers are as deeply rooted as the evergreens.  More »

Republicans push plan to force Keystone XL decision

Senate Republicans are pushing legislation that would force the Obama administration to decide whether to permit the controversial Keystone XL pipeline within two months — bucking the 14-month timeline the White House has planned.  More »

Another oil pipeline lands in environmentalists’ crosshairs

Environmental groups fighting the controversial Keystone XL pipeline that would carry Canadian crude to the Gulf Coast are now targeting a new project designed to get the oil out of Alberta and to overseas markets. Three conservation groups today released a report documenting the risks of a spill from Enbridge Inc.’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, which would carry oil sands crude from Alberta to British Columbia’s Pacific Coast.  More »

Environmentalists mount fresh challenge against Shell’s Arctic drilling plans

Environmentalists have opened a new front in their campaign to block Shell’s planned drilling in Arctic waters near Alaska, by challenging the government’s decision to issue the company essential air pollution permits for some of the work.  More »

Chevron delays Brazil wells as government probes spill

Chevron Corp., the third-largest oil producer in Brazil, has delayed three wells at the offshore Frade project while it waits for the government to lift a drilling ban following an oil spill earlier this month.  More »

EPA could give power companies options to delay pollution rule

The Environmental Protection Agency would let power plants apply for more time to comply with new pollution standards under a rule sent to the White House for review, according to people familiar with the process.  More »

Luminant asks EPA to ease new regulation further

Dallas-based Luminant Generation Co. asked the Environmental Protection Agency to further ease an upcoming power-plant emissions rule to allow companies to better adhere to stricter standards.  More »

Goolsbee calls Keystone XL pipeline critics naive

People in the U.S. opposing TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s Keystone XL pipeline are being “naïve,” said Austan Goolsbee, former chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.  More »

Democratic aides cite report in saying EPA air rules won’t threaten electric reliability

The EPA has strongly rejected concerns the rules would cause electric reliability problems. EPA officials have cited 40 years of Clean Air Act rules that haven’t caused a single incident.  More »

Report raises concerns about future electric reliability in Texas

Growth in electricity demand will outstrip capacity additions in the Texas electricity system in the coming decade, reducing excess capacity and raising the risk of reliability problems as soon as 2013, a new analysis suggests.  More »

Utilities may need to build plants under EPA rules, group says

Utilities may need to build high-voltage electric lines and power plants to cope with pending U.S. pollution regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency, a grid watchdog said.  More »

BP, Transocean & Halliburton face more citations in Gulf spill

The federal government is set to issue new citations against BP, Transocean and Halliburton for alleged safety and environmental violations in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill.  More »