Land owners and protesters gather on the steps of the Kentucky state capitol in Fronkfort, Ky., on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, to opposed a pipeline that would carry flammable liquids through northern Kentucky.  The group delivered a petition to Gov. Steve Beshear's office that asks the governor to put pipeline-related issues on the agenda for the special session of the General Assembly that begins Aug. 19.  (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan)

Groups protest gas pipeline at Ky. Capitol

Land owners joined environmental activists at the state Capitol Wednesday to oppose a pipeline that would carry flammable liquids through several counties in northern Kentucky.
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Feds approve third project to export US natural gas

The Obama administration licensed a third company to broadly sell U.S. natural gas overseas on Wednesday, renewing fears that widespread exports of America’s bounty could spike domestic prices for the fossil fuel.
U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) testifies at a U.S. Senate hearing in 2005.

Veteran lawmakers from Texas clash over EPA subpoena

An unusual fight has arisen between two veteran lawmakers who have developed a close personal relationship as their parties’ leaders on a key congressional committee.
Corn is unloaded from trucks into the grain elevator at the Mid Missouri Energy ethanol plant in Malta Bend, Missouri. (Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg)

EPA Decision to Avoid Blendwall in 2013-14 is Right Step

Yesterday, the EPA finally finalized its 2013 volumetric ethanol blending standards. The requirements on how much ethanol must be blended into the nation’s fuel supply remain near the E10 blendwall (at a 9.74% national blend), and grossly overestimate the ability of the cellulosic biofuels industry to meet the mandate. Yet the agency has signaled that […]
U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.  (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Top regulator commends efforts to cut pollution in booming Bakken

During a trip to survey booming oil development in North Dakota on Tuesday and Wednesday, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said she saw evidence energy companies are working aggressively to pare greenhouse gas emissions ahead of federal regulations on the practice.
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House passes amendment banning carbon tax

The amendment by Louisiana conservative firebrand Steve Scalise passed Friday as part of a bill called the REINS act (Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny), which would require Congressional approval of any new agency rule, tying the government in knots.
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EPA lowers target for cellulosic biofuels in gasoline

The Obama administration on Tuesday formally told refiners to blend 16.55 billion gallons of renewable fuels into the nation’s gasoline supply this year, while paring some targets that the oil industry had criticized as too ambitious.
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TransCanada to face hurdles in quest for eastern pipeline

TransCanada Corp., (TRP) facing opposition to its Keystone XL pipeline in the midwestern U.S., is encountering challenges at home from environmental groups and provincial lawmakers over a proposed C$12 billion ($11.6 billion) line to ship oil to the Atlantic Coast.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaks during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing in March.  (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Interior secretary to tour North Dakota oil patch

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is getting a look at North Dakota’s oil and gas development.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

McCain: Halliburton faces ‘paltry’ fine for destroying oil spill evidence

Halliburton Energy Services is facing a “paltry” fine in connection with its planned admission to destroying evidence tied to the 2010 Gulf oil spill, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Thursday.