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Environmental groups threaten lawsuit over drilling wastewater rules

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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

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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

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The charitable foundation that is a legacy of George Mitchell, the “father of fracking,” has endorsed the proposed methane rules.
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Obama’s methane limits seen wiping out the marginal driller

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

EPA pushes rules slashing methane, hinting oil industry hasn’t gone far enough

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The Environmental Protection Agency proposed the new regulations Tuesday, making a significant step toward fulfilling the White House’s March pledge to pare oil and gas methane emissions by 40 to 45 percent by 2025.
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16 states ask Obama admin to put power plant rules on hold

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The 16 states and a handful of others are preparing to sue the Obama administration to block the rules permanently by arguing they exceed Obama’s authority. Bolstered by a recent Supreme Court ruling against the administration’s mercury limits, opponents argued that states shouldn’t have to start preparing to comply with a rule that may eventually get thrown out by the courts.
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)

EPA to block drillers from sending wastewater to municipal treatment plants

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The oil and gas industry faces winnowing options for getting rid of the wastewater that flows out of wells, as the EPA moves to block municipal treatment facilities from accepting it and earthquake fears prompt some states to restrict underground disposal.
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Texas company to pay $170,000 for 2010 Wyoming oil spill

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In March 2010 162 barrels of crude oil discharged from a pipeline into a tributary of the Norwood River. The spill has been fully cleaned up.
NEWBURG, MD - JUNE 29: Two white ducks walk along the Beach at Aqualand Marina as emissions spew out of a large stack nearby at the coal-fired Morgantown Generating Station on the Potomac River on June 29, 2015 in Newburg, Maryland. Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) effort to limit certain power plant emissions -- saying the agency "unreasonably" failed to consider the cost of the regulations.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Power plant operators say they’ve cut carbon emissions ahead of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

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The “Benchmarking Air Emissions” report, which examined the nation’s 100 largest electric power producers, comes in advance of the final proposal of the so-called Clean Power Plan from the the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.
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Feds propose more safety valves for gas lines

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An Associated Press investigation in 2012 uncovered more than 270 accidents dating to 1968 that could have been prevented or made less dangerous if the valves had been in place.