Category: Politics/Policy

House panel advances plan to fast-track gas exports

A House panel on Wednesday approved legislation that would fast track U.S. natural gas exports, over objections the foreign sales would send domestic prices higher.  More »

Will Putin cut off Ukraine’s gas supply?

On Monday, Ukraine missed a deadline to make a payment on its debt of about $2 billion to Russian natural gas giant Gazprom. Otilia Dhand, vice president at Teneo Intelligence, discusses the possibility of Russian President Vladimir Putin cutting gas supplies to Ukraine  More »

Oil companies pay $630M in Pennsylvania drilling fees

Anadarko Petroleum, Chesapeake Energy and others will pay the state of Pennsylvania about $225 million in fees this year for drilling in the gas-rich Marcellus Shale, but critics of state law say they aren’t paying enough.  More »

Maryland mulls moratorium on wind turbines

Gov. Martin O’Malley says he still has misgivings about a bill to set a 13-month moratorium on the development of tall wind turbines within 56 miles of the U.S. Naval Air Station Patuxent River base in southern Maryland.  More »

Latino group joins Keystone XL fight

A Latino political organizing group has joined environmentalists’ crusade against Keystone XL, saying Hispanics who live near Gulf Coast refineries have much to lose from the pipeline.  More »

As Russia stumbles, Gazprom comes up $910B short

In 2007, Gazprom aspired to be the world’s largest company, with an executive predicting its market value would quadruple to $1 trillion in as little as seven years. He was off by $910 billion.  More »

Missouri lawmakers target Obama with pro-Keystone resolution

Missouri lawmakers have passed a resolution encouraging President Barack Obama’s administration to approve a proposed oil pipeline route through the middle of the United States.  More »

Gazprom stops courting US investors after Crimea crisis

The shift shows how the worst crisis in Russian relations with the U.S. and Europe since the Cold War is feeding into financial and economic relationships.  More »

Gallup: US public supports opening federal land for oil exploration

Public opinion supports opening federal land for oil exploration, but generally prefers energy policy focused on conservation, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday.  More »

Senators leave popular tax credit out of renewable fuel proposal

Top senators on Tuesday unveiled their plan for renewing a slew of tax credits that expired last year, including measures aimed at making biofuels. But one popular tax credit didn’t make the cut.  More »

Feds confront industry skepticism on new safety hotline

Federal regulators are pleading with the oil industry to ‘fess up when they dodge accidents at offshore production platforms, rigs and drillships.  More »

Study: Gasoline prices will fall if US exports crude

The oil industry’s leading trade group on Monday cast exports of U.S. crude as an economic win for consumers, fighting against criticism that selling the fossil fuel overseas would mean higher prices at home.  More »

Feds: Industry hampering oil train safety

U.S. transportation officials rebuked the oil industry Friday for not giving up information regulators say they need to gauge the danger of moving crude by rail, after several accidents highlighted the explosive properties of fuel from the booming oil shale fields on the Northern Plains.  More »

White House strategy to cut methane takes aim at oil industry

The White House on Friday unveiled a broad strategy for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, including regulations clamping down on methane tied to oil and gas development.  More »

Former Energy Secretary James Schlesinger dies

Schlesinger, who died Thursday at the age of 85, built an impressive national-security resume under Republican presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford and served as the nation’s first energy secretary under Democratic President Jimmy Carter during the energy crisis of the late 1970s.  More »