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Feds blast BP’s request to cut billions in spill fines

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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.
The West Texas sky silhouettes a Linn Energy pumpjack in the Permian basin. (Linn Energy)

Production up, but methane emissions down in Permian Basin

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Even though energy companies are pulling more oil out of the Permian Basin, methane emissions have been declining in the West Texas drilling hotbed.

Asking the EPA to clarify and broaden possible ways for states to meet greenhouse gas controls at EGUs

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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 […]
An LNG tanker (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg)

EPA raises environmental concerns about Corpus Christi LNG

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The Environmental Protection Agency said it still has concerns about the impacts Corpus Christi LNG will have on minority neighborhoods and greenhouse gas emissions.
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Timeline slips for some oil and gas regulations

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Here’s an overview of what’s coming and when in Obama administration rules for the oil and gas industry.
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Obama’s punt on renewable fuel sets up fights in court, congress

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The delay, announced Friday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, follows months of fighting between refiners and ethanol producers over a proposal by the agency to lower the quotas for ethanol, biodiesel and cellulosic fuels.
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EPA delays decision on ethanol in gas

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Last year the Environmental Protection Agency proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol in fuel for the first time.
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Report: U.S. airlines stagnate on improving fuel efficiency

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The domestic airline industry made no net improvements on fuel efficiencies last year, raising questions about its ability to cut carbon emissions.
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UN: World not close to avoiding dangerous warming

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The report looks at the gap between what countries promise to do about carbon pollution and what scientists say needs to be done to prevent temperatures rising another two degrees. The two-degree level is a goal that world leaders set in 2009.
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Superior Crude to pay $1.6M oil spill penalty

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The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice say the consent decree was filed Wednesday.