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A United Steelworkers Union member pickets outside Marathon Petroleum Company's Galveston Bay Refining Division on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Texas City. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Fuel company settles claims over air emissions in 3 states

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The federal government said Marathon failed to comply with some fuel quality emissions standards along with record keeping, sampling and testing requirements.
(Screengrab from Fuel America campaign advertisement "EPA's Choice, via Youtube)

Biofuel boosters to EPA: Get aggressive on renewable fuel targets

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Biofuel boosters are casting the Obama administration’s decision on renewable fuel quotas as a stark choice between American innovation and oil industry profits.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks during the opening panel discussion of IHS Energy CERAWEEK on Monday, April 20, 2015, in Houston. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

Quotable CERAWeek: Memorable lines from energy industry leaders

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The new reality of oil, was the biggest topic, and the executives who took the stage focused on detailing how their companies would survive.
Gina McCarthy Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency speaks during the keynote luncheon during IHS Energy CERAWeek Thursday April 23, 2015 at the Hilton Americas-Houston. (Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek: Transition away from coal power is “inevitable,” EPA boss says

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McCarthy’s pledge comes amid anxiety over the Obama administration’s push to sharply reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector while rapidly expanding the use of cleaner-burning natural gas, wind and solar.
Gregory Boyce, chief executive officer of Peabody Energy Corp. (F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg News file photo)

CERAWeek: Clean power plant rule offers significant pain with ‘negligible environmental benefit,’ coal producer says

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Coal-fired power plants wouldn’t be the only beneficiary of carbon capture and storage technology, Peabody Energy CEO Greg Boyce said, stressing that in a carbon-constrained world, natural gas plants will need the tech too.
A panel of Texas electricity officials discusses the state's shift away from coal-fired power plants on the fourth day of IHS Energy's weeklong CERAWeek conference.

CERAWeek: Texas moving away from coal without federal mandates

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More Texas homes will be powered by cleaner-burning natural gas with or without stringent new federal regulations to cut carbon pollution from power plants, a panel of Texas regulators and electricity company chiefs said Thursday.
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

CERAWeek: EPA should expect litigation deluge over carbon emissions rules

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In the next few months, the EPA is expected to release a final set of rules for forcing the electricity sector to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.
A member of Exxon Mobil's cleanup crew is reflected in water and oil in a drainage ditch along State Highway 365 in Mayflower, Ark., Monday, April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Log Cabin Democrat, Courtney Spradlin)

Exxon Mobil firms to pay nearly $5M for Arkansas oil spill

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Assistant Attorney General John Cruden said the company did not admit liability as part of the agreement.
(Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Obama’s climate change plan faces high-profile legal test

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A federal appeals court hears arguments Thursday in two cases challenging the EPA’s far-reaching proposal to cut Earth-warming pollution from the nation’s coal-fired power plants.
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

EPA to set overdue biofuel quotas in deal with oil industry groups

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The EPA will finalize biofuel quotas for 2014, 2015 and 2016 later this year, in an agreement settling an oil industry lawsuit.