Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Wednesday defended the Obama administration’s plans to stiffen requirements for oil and gas wells drilled on federal lands, saying it was important to establish baseline standards that apply nationwide.
Shell announced Wednesday it had temporarily halted operations at its oldest tension-leg platform in the Gulf of Mexico as it nears the final stage of a $2.5 billion project to drain deep oil and gas reserves at the site.
California billionaire Tom Steyer and other Keystone XL opponents pulled out another weapon in their fight against the pipeline on Tuesday, by arguing that the project would cause gasoline prices to climb by up to 40 cents per gallon in the Midwest.
Texas Republican Michael Burgess just won another round in his fight against federal standards that could force consumers to abandon inefficient incandescent light bulbs for more expensive LED and fluorescent alternatives.
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