Category: Politics/Policy

Could North America be the next energy hub?

North America is poised to become the “new Middle East” of energy exports by the next decade, according to a Citigroup analyst.  More »

Steffy: Memo shows BP’s number-fudging tactics

An email conversation released as part of federal court proceedings last week shows BP officials worried that the Macondo well could release far more oil than the official estimates of the 2010 spill.  More »

Africa seen mirroring Brazil in Atlantic coast drilling

The world’s next great oil finds may be buried under a layer of salt more than two miles beneath the seabed off Africa’s Atlantic coast.  More »

Pa. tax legislation could attract Shell refinery

New legislation in Pennsylvania could help the state compete with Ohio and West Virginia for a huge petrochemical refinery by offering millions of dollars in tax breaks for big businesses.  More »

Gas drillers, Idaho counties reach agreement

A group representing Idaho counties and a group representing companies interested in tapping natural gas in the state announced an agreement Sunday on legislation they plan to introduce into the Idaho Legislature next month.  More »

Report: Brown replaced regulator over oil rules

A top state regulator and his deputy were removed last year after ignoring pressure from Gov. Jerry Brown to relax rules for companies seeking to tap California’s oil, according to a newspaper investigation.  More »

ND Senate leader: Look again at oil tax splits

The North Dakota Senate’s Republican majority leader says the Legislature needs to provide a greater share of state oil tax collections to local governments.  More »

House panel to quiz EPA research chief on Pavillion fracturing study

A top Environmental Protection Agency official is among those who will appear before a House panel next week regarding the agency’s controversial study suggesting a possible link between hydraulic fracturing and groundwater contamination in Pavillion, Wyo.  More »

Republicans seek more drilling to pay for highway bill

House Republicans next week will push a bill that would extend highway and mass-transit programs for five years and expand oil-and-gas drilling to cover some of the costs.  More »

Steffy: President needs a dose of energy reality

President Barack Obama, in his State of the Union speech, called for an “all-of-the-above” strategy to develop energy that’s “cleaner, cheaper and full of new jobs.”  More »

FirstEnergy closing 6 coal-fired power plants

FirstEnergy Corp. said today that new environmental regulations led to a decision to shut down six older, coal-fired power plants in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland, affecting more than 500 employees.  More »

Clearer rules are needed, Eagle Ford Task Force says

Operators in the Eagle Ford Shale need greater clarity of the rules to ensure they can prosper and protect the environment, the founder of the Eagle Ford Task Force said.  More »