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Fight over ethanol quotas heats up as U.S. nears final decision

Representatives of the oil industry’s biggest trade group, the American Petroleum Institute, were scheduled to meet with White House officials Friday to argue that ethanol quotas should be kept below the current 10 percent threshold acceptable for use in all cars and trucks.
Emissions rise from stacks the Duke Energy Corp. Gibson Station power plant at dusk in Owensville, Indiana, U.S., on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Coal reclaimed its ranking as the top fuel for generating electricity at U.S. power plants in May, beating natural gas, which took the number one spot for the first time in April. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

EPA to mandate disclosures on chemical releases from gas processing plants

The decision could affect more than half of the United States’ 517 natural gas processing plants.
In this March 25, 2014 photo, a worker oils a pump during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. The first experimental use of hydraulic fracturing was in 1947, and more than 1 million U.S. oil and oil wells have been fracked since, according to the American Petroleum Institute. The National Petroleum Council estimates that up to 80 percent of natural oil wells drilled in the next decade will require hydraulic fracturing. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Environmentalists and energy companies lobby administration on coming methane rule

The Obama administration has telegraphed its plans to “reduce wasteful venting, flaring and leaks of natural gas from onshore wells” on federal and Indian leases nationwide.
An oil tanker navigates the Houston Ship Channel in Houston, Texas. (Carter Smith/ Bloomberg News file photo)

As oil producers eye deals on exports, some traditional allies fight back

The warnings arrive as oil producers lobbying for the freedom to widely export crude look for strategies to propel the trade policy change through the narrowly divided Senate.
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Railroads warn they will miss deadline for safety system, stopping cargo in its tracks

The consequences could be steep for the oil and gas industry, which increasingly turned to rail during a domestic drilling boom to move crude and refined petroleum products across North America.
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Obama administration closes off two avenues for new Arctic drilling

The Interior Department announced it was canceling government auctions of drilling rights in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, previously scheduled for 2016 and 2017 respectively. At the same time, it formally rejected bids by Statoil and Shell for more time to search for crude under their existing Arctic leases.
Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, in Houston on June 18, 2013. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

Oil lobbyist counts many options for winning crude exports

American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard sees at least 20 legislative approaches to lifting the ban on U.S. oil exports.
US President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a Clean Power Plan event at the White House in Washington, DC, August 3, 2015. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

White House threatens to veto oil export bill

The White House’s statement against the export bill could stiffen the resolve of some Democrats who were leaning toward a “no” vote but facing intense pressure to support liberalized crude trade.
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SEC plans oil payment transparency rule by June 2016

In an “expedited schedule” filed with a federal district court, the SEC said it would propose a draft rule by the end of the year and adopt a final set of disclosure mandates in June 2016. The move came after a human rights group challenged the agency’s long delays writing the rule, after an oil industry lawsuit invalidated the SEC’s first disclosure mandates.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. Earnest discussed another potential government shutdown, Americas response to the Syrian refugee situation and other topics. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Administration balks at GOP-led effort to lift oil export ban

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, is set to tell a Houston audience that the chamber will vote this month on a measure lifting the oil export ban, but the White House doesn’t back the bill.