Tag: Environmental Protection Agency

Advanced biofuel group breaks with traditional allies on federal mandates

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.  More »

Top Senate Republican tells states: ignore EPA carbon rules

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.  More »

Manufacturers say EPA proposals would halt expansions

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.  More »

TransCanada CEO: Other companies watching what happens on Keystone

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.  More »

California pledges changes in protecting underground water

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

California pledges changes in protecting underground water

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.  More »

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 »
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