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Fight over ethanol quotas heats up as U.S. nears final decision

Representatives of the oil industry’s biggest trade group, the American Petroleum Institute, were scheduled to meet with White House officials Friday to argue that ethanol quotas should be kept below the current 10 percent threshold acceptable for use in all cars and trucks.
FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2012 file photo, smoke billows from smokestacks near Emmett, Kansas. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to set tougher new limits on smokestack emissions from nearly two dozen states that burden downwind areas with air pollution from power plants they can't control. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

EPA intends tougher downwind air-pollution rule in 23 states

The EPA’s proposal follows a federal appeals court ruling this summer that upheld the agency’s right to impose the clean-air standards, which block states from adding to air pollution in other localities.
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Obama climate plan puts squeeze on coal state governor

The Obama plan puts a big target on Bullock’s back as he tries to avoid the fate of other Democrats tossed on the slag heap in the nation’s coal belt.
In this Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 photo, Carolyn Reilly, right, and Susan Worrell with her dog Radar talk outside the Franklin County Board of Supervisors meeting in Rocky Mount, Va. Carolyn and her husband Ian Reily left Florida and moved to Virginia in 2010 to farm a 58 acres. Then a year ago, they learned a natural gas pipeline would slice through their farm and their lives took another turn - to activism against the plan. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Keystone off the table, but back East, pipeline fight builds

From New England to North Carolina, scattered insurgencies have formed in opposition to a spider web of pipelines up and down the Eastern Seaboard as the nation’s energy industry seeks to move pent-up natural gas supplies.
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.
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Texas one of 24 states suing Obama administration over clean power plan

The plan, details of which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized earlier this year, aims to dramatically reduce carbon emissions from electric-generating plants by 2030.
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.
The W. A. Parish power plant on Friday Sept. 5, 2014 in rural Fort Bend County, TX.  (Eric Kayne/Invision for NRG/AP Images)

Report: Texas already on path to meeting most Clean Power Plan goals

The Clean Power Plan, the final version of which was proposed in August, is intended to reduce carbon pollution from existing power by 32 percent from their 2005 levels by 2030.
Texas will deploy additional sensors to study a rash of earthquakes shaking the state as researchers try to determine whether the tremors are linked to the underground disposal of oilfield waste.

Tulsa oil company to discuss earthquake response with Oklahoma regulators

The Oklahoman reports Marjo Operating Co. Inc. and staff for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission agreed during a hearing Tuesday to meet by Oct. 27 to discuss a dispute over reduced disposal well volumes.
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.