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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.
US President Barack Obama speaks with Pope Francis during an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, September 23, 2015. More than 15,000 people packed the South Lawn for a full ceremonial welcome on Pope Francis' historic maiden visit to the United States. AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

At White House, Pope Francis makes plea for climate action

Pope Francis praised the Obama administration’s plan for curbing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, an EPA initiative that has drawn scorn (and lawsuits).
A map included in the Sierra Club's report shows the position of several schools near the W.A. Parish power plant in Fort Bend County. (Screengrab of Sierra Club report)

Sierra Club: NRG coal plant near Houston violates pollution standards

While NRG disputes the claims, the Sierra Club study contends the W.A. Parish power plant in the small town of Thompsons is exceeding allowable sulfur dioxide emissions by more than twice the federal standard in its highest concentrations.
(AP file photo/Keith Srakocic)

Environmental groups threaten lawsuit over drilling wastewater rules

Under existing federal law, the Environmental Protection Agency is obligated to review and possibly revise regulations governing the handling of oil and gas waste every three years. But the agency’s last review was 27 years ago.
In April 2010, businessman and philanthropist George Mitchell attends an event in The Woodlands. Mitchell died in 2013. (AP Photo/Conroe Courier, Eric S. Swist)

EPA’s methane crackdown wins endorsement from oil icon’s Texas foundation

The charitable foundation that is a legacy of George Mitchell, the “father of fracking,” has endorsed the proposed methane rules.
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

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.
A jar holding waste water from hydraulic fracturing is held up to the light at a recycling site in Midland, Texas. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

EPA to block drillers from sending wastewater to municipal treatment plants

The oil and gas industry faces winnowing options for getting rid of the wastewater that flows out of wells, as the EPA moves to block municipal treatment facilities from accepting it and earthquake fears prompt some states to restrict underground disposal.
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 study: No evidence fracking has caused “widespread” impacts on drinking water

Industry leaders celebrated the report’s release as a vindication of the hydraulic fracturing process that has unlocked oil and gas nationwide, driving a domestic energy boom.
Alan Sadler

Feds’ plan to boost biofuel targets draws fire from all sides

In trying to balance the competing interests of oil companies and biofuel producers, the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed renewable fuel quotas for 2014, 2015 and 2016 have pleased almost no one.