Category: Politics/Policy

Feds to auction eastern Gulf drilling leases

For the first time in six years, oil and gas companies will have a chance to bid for new drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico near Alabama and Florida, during a planned lease sale next March.  More »

Lawmaker takes aim at industry’s planned fight for US crude exports

Sen. Ed Markey delivered a preemptive strike against oil industry plans to stoke world trade concerns as part of a broader battle against the U.S. ban on exporting crude.  More »

Alaska releases oil tax regulations

The state has finalized rules to help determine what oil qualifies for special tax breaks under Alaska’s new oil tax law.  More »

Natural gas boosters make case for exports

Exporting natural gas will help keep the U.S. harvesting it, according to groups advocating more foreign sales of the fossil fuels.  More »

Airline joins battle over biofuels

A refinery owned by Delta Air Lines has joined the battle against a government mandate to blend renewables into fuel supplies.  More »

Oil payments rule not getting quick rewrite

Much to the delight of the oil industry, the Securities and Exchange Commission appears to be in no rush to rewrite a rule that required companies to disclose what they pay foreign countries in return for the right to extract crude, natural gas and minerals.  More »

Repsol to begin talks with Argentina over YPF settlement

In a meeting Wednesday , board members “analyzed and valued positively” a proposal brokered by the governments of Spain and Argentina, the Madrid-based oil company said in a filing.  More »

Russia: Last Greenpeace detainee granted bail

A Russian court has granted bail to the last of 30 Greenpeace activists who were detained at sea during a protest against oil drilling in the Arctic.  More »

Feds shine more light on carbon cost estimates

Giving in to demands from the oil industry, business groups and their allies on Capitol Hill, the Obama administration on Tuesday formally released the calculations behind its new estimate of the costs tied to emitting carbon dioxide.  More »

Biofuels battle isn’t over yet (video)

A leading biofuels backer says oil industry scare tactics prompted the Obama administration to slash renewable fuel targets for next year.  More »

Iowans worry about ethanol’s lost political clout

For decades, presidential candidates’ chances in Iowa were wounded if not doomed unless they backed federal support for ethanol, a boon to the state’s corn-growing economy.  More »

Top 10 beneficiaries of fracturing dollars in Congress

Find out which senators and representatives received the largest campaign contributions from the hydraulic fracturing industry during the 2004 and 2012 campaign cycles, and which Texas representative ranks No. 1.  More »