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A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

EPA pushes rules slashing methane, hinting oil industry hasn’t gone far enough

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The Environmental Protection Agency proposed the new regulations Tuesday, making a significant step toward fulfilling the White House’s March pledge to pare oil and gas methane emissions by 40 to 45 percent by 2025.
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Federal drilling rules deferred until September

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Federal District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl had already decided to temporarily stay the Interior Department rule while he waits for more information from the government and weighs an oil industry request for a longer-term injunction blocking the drilling mandates.
A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Oil groups take aim at feds’ fracking rule

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Oil industry groups want a federal judge to block new mandates on hydraulic fracturing before they take effect.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at the 2015 IHS CERAWeek (Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek: Interior Secretary Jewell aims to reassure wary oil executives

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will go before a crowd of wary energy industry executives Monday to make the case that federal regulations are essential to reassure a worried public.
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Obama moves forward on new oil and gas rules for public lands

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The Bureau of Land Management’s announcement that it would be proposing changes — and inviting public comment on the scope of them — marks the first major effort in decades to update onshore royalty rates that are among the lowest in the world.
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Methane leaks from city pipes have dropped sharply, study finds

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The research suggests that advancements in equipment and better maintenance are helping drive down emissions of the potent heat-trapping gas.
A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Wyoming suit contests federal rules for public land drilling

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The lawsuit in U.S. District Court of Wyoming also claims the U.S. Bureau of Land Management overstepped its statutory jurisdiction with the rules and that they conflict with the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Jeff Allyn, a derrick hand with Raven Drilling, cleans equipment with a high pressure hose while drilling for oil in the Bakken shale formation on July 23, 2013 outside Watford City, North Dakota.(Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

North Dakota might challenge new federal fracking rule

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The Obama administration is requiring companies that drill for oil and gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing drilling technique.
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Industry swiftly challenges feds’ new fracturing rule

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The lawsuit brought by the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Western Energy Alliance challenges the new mandates as “a reaction to unsubstantiated concerns.”
Workers adjust piping during a natural gas hydraulic fracturing  operation at an Encana Oil & Gas Inc. drilling site in western Colorado. (Brennan Linsley/AP)

New federal mandates target hydraulic fracturing

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Although the rule only applies to development on public and tribal lands — where there are more than 100,000 oil and gas wells today — environmentalists have argued that tough federal protections could provide inspiration for state regulators.