Category: Politics/Policy

Executives to emphasize ‘lessons learned’ from oil spill

Executives from BP, Halliburton and Transocean are poised to stress what they learned from the Deepwater Horizon disaster and what they are doing to boost the safety of offshore drilling operations during a congressional hearing to study the accident today.  More »

Trade group fights EPA regs on nat gas pipelines

The Environmental Protection Agency had “no defensible reason” to include natural gas transmission pipelines in a proposed emissions rule for the oil and gas industry, a trade group charged this week.  More »

Cybercrime becomes bigger threat to energy industry than terrorists

In the past energy industry security was all about terrorist threats to facilities and overseas kidnappings. These days cyber espionage is the bigger problem.  More »

Study finds incinerator energy more polluting than coal

A new study says waste-to-energy plants that turn garbage into electricity are more polluting than coal-fired power plants.  More »

Deep-water drilling lags behind pre-spill levels

A year after the Obama administration lifted a deep-water drilling ban imposed in response the Gulf oil spill, the offshore energy industry is still struggling to rebound, coastal and business leaders said Wednesday.  More »

Poll finds Americans oppose efforts to delay EPA emissions rules

A strong majority of American voters oppose delaying upcoming Environmental Protection Agency rules for reducing toxic emissions from power plants as Republicans in Congress have sought to do, a new poll found.  More »

Democrats, Republicans spar over fuel-economy standards

Obama administration officials defended recently unveiled fuel-economy standards for cars, minivans and pickup trucks made from 2017 to 2025 against Republicans’ concerns the proposal came from a secret deal with auto makers and lacked consumers’ input.  More »

Total, Statoil spearhead $38 billion North Sea investment

Total SA, Statoil ASA and Chevron Corp. are planning a $38.2 billion investment drive in the biggest drilling campaign the U.K. North Sea has seen since 1995, according to Wood Mackenzie Consultants Ltd.  More »

Republicans study offshore drilling, one year after lifting of deep-water ban

One year ago today, the Obama administration lifted the ban on most deepwater drilling that was temporarily imposed after the Gulf oil spill. House Republicans are marking the anniversary with a hearing focused on the lingering effects of that five-month moratorium.  More »

IEA cuts oil demand forecast on slower growth

The International Energy Agency cut forecasts for global oil demand in 2012 for a second month as the economic recovery loses momentum.  More »

Bumps in road to riches in the Eagle Ford

A year ago, word was out that the Eagle Ford shale showed great promise as being one of the best oil and gas plays in the nation.  More »

Hillary Clinton vows fair review on Keystone pipeline

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday she has “no reason to believe” that the State Department is biased in favor of a Canadian company’s plan to build a massive oil pipeline from western Canada to the Gulf Coast, as some critics charge.  More »

Nebraska lawmakers meet with pipeline officials

Concerns over a Canadian oil pipeline that would snake through Nebraska could have been addressed more easily if lawmakers had taken issue with the project two or three years ago, a company official said.  More »

BP, Transocean & Halliburton execs set to testify on Capitol Hill

The three companies centrally involved in drilling and securing BP’s failed Macondo well are set to testify about the Deepwater Horizon disaster on Capitol Hill this week.  More »

Republican wants answers on looming hydraulic fracturing rules

Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., wants the Obama administration to explain its plans for regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal lands.  More »