Tag: Environmental Protection Agency

White House methane plan takes aim at oil and gas industry

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.  More »

Feds aim to boost requirements for oil spill dispersants

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.  More »

Feds delay decision on methane mandates

The Environmental Protection Agency is waiting to make a decision on whether — and how — to boost regulation of methane emissions from the oil and gas sector until the new year.  More »

Feds blast BP’s request to cut billions in spill fines

The outcome of this latest legal tussle between the British oil giant and federal prosecutors could mean a difference of $11 billion on BP’s final bill for spilling millions of barrels of oil into the ocean four years ago.  More »

Asking the EPA to clarify and broaden possible ways for states to meet greenhouse gas controls at EGUs

On Monday, the comment period for the EPA’s proposed rules for greenhouse gas controls for existing electricity generating units closes.  The agency is pursuing regulation under the authority of the CAA, section 111(d).  My comment was sent in today and copied here.  It focuses on expanding the ways a state can meet the target by […]  More »

BP asks judge to cap spill penalties at $12 billion

BP wants a federal judge to cap its potential oil-spill pollution fines at a maximum of $12.3 billion, a move that would cut away nearly a third of the penalties U.S. prosecutors are seeking for the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »

Feds settle Gulf pollution case

A Houston oil and gas company must pay to settle government charges alleging it illegally dumped oil and chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Report: Texas oil juggernaut threatened by feds, environmentalists

Texas’ oil and gas juggernaut could be threatened by federal regulators and environmental groups proposing policies that could stifle production, a new trade group report finds.  More »

Poll: Public wants action on flaring

The oil industry’s practice of burning or releasing natural gas from wells where crude is the big moneymaker is unpopular in several western states, according to a poll released Thursday.  More »

Methane pollution from federal lands rising, oil boom to blame

Data from the Interior Department shows a huge uptick in methane being vented or burned as waste from wells on public lands.  More »

Environmental groups crank up heat on methane mandates

Environmental groups on Thursday pressured the Obama administration to clamp down on methane leaking from the oil and gas sector by imposing new regulations targeting wells, valves and other infrastructure.  More »

EPA looking at new mandates on methane

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy signaled that the agency may turn to voluntary programs and regulatory mandates in its bid to clamp down on methane emissions tied to oil and gas drilling.  More »

EPA sends biofuel mandates to White House

The White House is now reviewing the Environmental Protection Agency’s planned quotas for renewable fuels, a major milestone in the long path to setting this year’s biofuel mandates.  More »

Georgia’s coal-to-solar pivot shows the way on climate regs

Fears that the Obama administration’s latest climate regulations will drive up local electric bills is doing wonders for the state’s solar-panel installation business.  More »

Supreme Court limits existing EPA climate rules on power plants

The Supreme Court on Monday placed limits on the sole Obama administration program already in place to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.  More »
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