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Gregory Boyce, chief executive officer of Peabody Energy Corp. (F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg News file photo)

CERAWeek: Clean power plant rule offers significant pain with ‘negligible environmental benefit,’ coal producer says

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Coal-fired power plants wouldn’t be the only beneficiary of carbon capture and storage technology, Peabody Energy CEO Greg Boyce said, stressing that in a carbon-constrained world, natural gas plants will need the tech too.
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EPA to set overdue biofuel quotas in deal with oil industry groups

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The EPA will finalize biofuel quotas for 2014, 2015 and 2016 later this year, in an agreement settling an oil industry lawsuit.
Corn is unloaded from trucks into the grain elevator at the Mid Missouri Energy ethanol plant in Malta Bend, Missouri. (Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg)

Advanced biofuel group breaks with traditional allies on federal mandates

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The makers of advanced biofuels created with algae, animal fat and non-edible plant materials on Wednesday broke with traditional corn-based ethanol producers to call for sweeping changes to the nation’s biofuels mandates.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaks with reporters following a weekly Republican policy luncheon, at the Capitol. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Top Senate Republican tells states: ignore EPA carbon rules

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In an op-ed published Tuesday in the Lexington Herald-Leader, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says states should reject Obama’s proposed requirements for power plants to reduce carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas.
Laboratory analyst, Syed Ali, takes some measurements in a lab in the research and development building, at the Baker Hughes facility. (Todd Spoth/For the Chronicle)

Manufacturers say EPA proposals would halt expansions

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Proposed federal rules governing the release of dangerous pollutants threaten the future of the manufacturing sector, the industry’s top Washington lobbyist said at a speech in Houston Monday.
TransCanada chief executive Russ Girling  speaks at the company's investor day in Toronto. (SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg)

TransCanada CEO: Other companies watching what happens on Keystone

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Midstream energy companies seeking to build pipelines will want more “clarity” about the regulatory process before they plunk down capital for the projects, TransCanada CEO Russ Girling said.
Fourth-generation farmer Mike Hopkins, of Palla Farms, poses for photos at his almond orchard Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Bakersfield, Calif. Hopkins says damage from the oil-field injection into the aquifer forced him to pull up his cherry trees in 2013, and has filed suit blaming the oil companies whose fracking wells and other oil and gas installations ring his orchards. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

California pledges changes in protecting underground water

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An Associated Press analysis found hundreds of the now-challenged state permits for oil-field injection into protected aquifers have been granted since 2011.
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)

California pledges changes in protecting underground water

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State regulators said Monday that they have notified the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of their plan for bringing the state back into compliance with federal safe-drinking water laws.
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White House methane plan takes aim at oil and gas industry

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White House officials said the plan aims to cut oil and gas emissions of the powerful heat-trapping greenhouse gas by 40 to 45 percent within a decade, from 2012 levels.
A dispersant plane passes over an oil skimmer on April 27, 2010 as it cleans oil in the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana. (AP file photo/Patrick Semansky)

Feds aim to boost requirements for oil spill dispersants

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The move comes 14 years after the agency first announced it planned to rewrite rules governing dispersants and five years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster vividly illustrated shortcomings in existing mandates.