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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)

Obama administration’s new fracking rules blocked by U.S. judge in Wyoming

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl puts on hold the most closely-watched effort by the Obama administration to ensure that fracking doesn’t contaminate water supplies.
Joint Economic Committee members Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., left, and Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind. talk on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Sen. Pat Toomey seeks to shred biofuel mandates as part of oil exports bill

Before the Senate Banking Committee votes on legislation to lift the oil export ban on Thursday, the panel may consider whether to axe some U.S. biofuel mandates.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy testifies before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power on Capitol Hill, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

EPA set to tighten smog limits as business gears for fight

The move fulfills a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama, but sets up a fresh confrontation with Republicans already angry about the administration’s plans to curb carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants and to regulate small streams and wetlands.
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).
(AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

BLM moves forward with plan to crack down on venting and flaring

A plan to curb natural gas venting and flaring at wells on public land is now being scrutinized in an interagency review process, teeing the proposal up for possible release later this year.
( Jay Pickthorn/AP/Statoil).

Statoil fined for Ohio fracking well fire

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources say the fines are being assessed for the loss of aquatic species, spill cleanup and water quality violations from the well pad fire in June 2014.
(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.
US President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a Clean Power Plan event at the White House in Washington, DC, August 3, 2015. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama pushing for more clean energy choices for consumers

The president, in a speech at a clean energy conference in Las Vegas on Monday night, planned to announce new executive actions and other efforts aimed at making it easier for homeowners and businesses to invest in green energy improvements that in the past may have been impractical or unaffordable.
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.
(Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News)

Obama’s methane limits seen wiping out the marginal driller

The inefficient producers that were slow to prepare for stricter regulation, even as environmental concerns over hydraulic fracturing mounted, will probably fold, researchers said.