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Lawmakers target conflicting environmental, power reliability laws

A bipartisan group of lawmakers including three Texans introduced legislation today that seeks to fix what they view as a legally thorny conflict between environmental and electric reliability laws.  More »
House Natural Resources Committee chairman Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash, leads a committee hearing. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

Oil leaders, GOP allies, downplay administration’s seismic plans

The Obama administration’s announcement that it may allow seismic studies potentially paving the way for offshore drilling along the East Coast is political posturing designed to distract voters concerned about high gasoline prices, oil industry leaders and Republican lawmakers said today.  More »
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Feds approve Shell’s emergency plans for Arctic wells

Federal officials have approved Shell Oil Co.’s emergency plans for dealing with an oil spill in the Beaufort Sea near Alaska — a major hurdle for the firm to launch exploratory drilling later this year.  More »
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Poll: Most don’t blame Obama on gas prices but do fault his response

Most Americans don’t credit President Obama with causing higher gasoline prices, but they do disapprove of how he’s responding to them, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.  More »
Prices for three grades of gasoline are posted in front of a service station Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, in Bellevue, Wash., near Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Obama officials rip into GOP gasoline bills

Obama administration officials ripped into GOP proposals to tie Strategic Petroleum Reserve releases to increases in federal oil and gas land leases and require additional analyses of the economic impacts of several oil- and gasoline-related environmental regulations.  More »
Chevron's Genesis platform is shown in the Gulf of Mexico.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Obama administration advances plan for research along Atlantic coast

The Obama administration will announce Wednesday that it is advancing a plan to allow new seismic research designed to help identify hidden pockets of oil and gas in Atlantic waters along the East Coast. The move by the Interior Department is the beginning of a long path that could ultimately lead to new offshore drilling along the mid- and south- Atlantic.  More »
BP's Valhall oil production platform, located offshore Norway. (Photo: BP)

Offshore drilling safety panels wrap up work

Nearly two years after oil started spilling from BP’s failed Macondo well into the Gulf of Mexico, industry experts are wrapping up their work studying ways to boost the safety of offshore drilling. Joint industry task forces that were convened after the Gulf spill today issued final reports summarizing what they have accomplished and what still needs to be done.  More »
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Senate launches debate on oil industry taxes and gasoline prices

The Senate on Monday launched a high-profile debate on a Democratic plan to block the nation’s five biggest oil companies from taking advantage of a suite of tax breaks.  More »
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

Environmentalists challenge trade secret protections for hydraulic fracturing

Environmentalists say Wyoming regulators are improperly approving oil and gas companies’ “overly broad,” boilerplate requests to shield information about the chemicals they use in drilling operations, despite a state regulation requiring the disclosure.  More »
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Senate to vote on axing oil industry tax breaks

The Senate is poised to vote today on a plan to block the nation’s five biggest oil companies from taking advantage of a suite of tax breaks.  More »
Then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar speaks at the White House in 2012. (AP file)

Feds seek input on drilling off Alaska coast

The Obama administration is asking the oil and gas industry to weigh in on a possible sale of drilling leases in the Cook Inlet off the coast of south-central Alaska.  More »
Gas prices are expected to hold steady in Texas over the holiday weekend. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

GOP prepares gasoline bills; Dems target taxes, speculation

Republicans plan on advancing a pair of bills that would require studies of certain oil and gasoline regulations and make increased oil and gas leasing a condition of using the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Democrats, meanwhile, called for boosting funding for regulators to implement rules that target what they call excessive speculation in oil markets.  More »
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Clinton predicts “profound effect” from SEC disclosure rules

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton predicted Thursday that pending rules to require oil, gas and mining companies to disclose payments o host governments would have a “profound effect” on curbing corruption and boosting transparency in foreign nations  More »
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Senate goes after tax breaks for major oil companies

The oil industry is fighting plans to repeal some of its tax breaks with a new advertising campaign that links the proposals with higher gasoline prices. The move comes ahead of a showdown Senate vote on the issue Monday.  More »
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No clear winner in contest between energy and environment

In a face-off between protecting the environment and producing energy, it’s a draw, according to a new nationwide Gallup poll.  More »