Category: Politics/Policy

Feds slash sulfur limit in gasoline

The Obama administration imposed new limits on the amount of sulfur in gasoline on Monday, overruling the objections of refiners and oil companies who said the new ceiling would be too low and drop too fast.  More »

Maine governor seeks to get rid of wind energy goals

More than five years ago, Maine set ambitious goals to spur wind power development aimed at helping wean the state off fossil fuels. But now Republican Gov. Paul LePage says the targets don’t really help the state and are so far out of reach as to be meaningless.  More »

Hundreds propose places to protect from drilling

The North Dakota Industrial Commission received more than 500 comments from the public on a proposal for places deemed worthy of special protection from energy development.  More »

Judge upholds vote for county fracking ban

A judge on Thursday upheld the results of a bitterly disputed election in the city and county of Broomfield that narrowly approved a five-year ban on fracking.  More »

Feds unveil study paving way for oil and gas research in Atlantic

The Obama administration on Thursday is setting the framework for a new generation of oil and gas research off the East Coast — and potential drilling in those Atlantic waters a decade from now — by releasing an environmental study of seismic surveys to pinpoint those energy resources.  More »

Tax proposal would deal big blows to Big Oil

Rep. Dave Camp’s plan to overhaul the nation’s tax code would deal major blows to independent refiners and the nation’s biggest oil and gas companies, blocking them from taking some long-cherished deductions and forcing them to use an accounting method that would hike their tax bills when crude prices climb. But independent oil and gas producers as well as midstream pipeline companies dodged big hits in Camp’s long-awaited proposal.  More »

Regulatory limbo keeping safer crude cars off the tracks, lawmaker says

The government’s long delay in drafting mandates for stronger tankers to haul crude across the nation’s train tracks is paralyzing companies that want to invest in safer cars, a Democratic lawmaker charged Wednesday.  More »

California gas tax drops but pump price may not

A California agency voted Tuesday to reduce a gasoline tax by 3.5 cents per gallon — but that doesn’t mean consumers will see a dip at the pump.  More »

Alaska’s minority Democrats unveil oil tax plan

Minority Democrats in the Legislature on Monday unveiled their vision of an oil tax system should voters this summer roll back the tax structure lawmakers approved last year.  More »

North Dakota governor: Stronger oil tankers needed

New voluntary efforts by rail companies to boost the safety of hauling oil across the nation’s train tracks are a good step forward, but more needs to be done, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Monday. Stronger, more robust oil tankers are also essential to complement slower speeds around cities and better track maintenance, said the Republican governor.  More »

More work needed to stop flaring gas, officials say

Energy companies are making strides in capturing the natural gas that flows out of North Dakota oil wells but still have a long way to go to stop burning off the fossil fuel, governors and business executives said Monday.  More »

Keystone’s future in hands of Nebraska’s new pipeline regulator

A Nebraska agency faulted over campaign donations from regulated companies may soon decide the fate of Keystone XL, its first review of an oil pipeline.  More »

Oil leader cautions against creating new rail risks

The oil industry’s leading trade group on Friday praised railroads’ plans to boost the safety of hauling crude across the country, but it cautioned against other changes that could create new risks.  More »

Federal regulators move to hike cap on oil spill liabilities

The Obama administration on Friday took the unprecedented step of moving to hike the amount companies must pay for oil spills, following a congressional deadlock on the issue nearly four years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »

GOP ex-lawmaker: Warming up to climate ideas is the right thing

former Republican Rep. Bob Inglis visited Houston Thursday on a quest to get conservatives involved with an issue that historically has been dominated by the political left.  More »