Tag: EPA

Keystone XL foes want focus on spill clean up

Dilbit is made up of bitumen, a thick, sticky hydrocarbon harvested in Canada that is too hard at room temperature to flow through pipelines on its own. To ready it for pipeline transport, companies dilute the bitumen with natural gas liquids or other substances.  More »

Delta Air Lines joins fight against renewable fuels standard

Through its Monroe refinery unit, Delta Air Lines is now fighting the renewable fuel quotas the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency established for 2013, saying in legal filings that it is “powerless” to comply with the mandates.  More »

Texas proposes to take over GHG permitting under Clean Air Act PSD program

Last week the TCEQ issued a proposed rule to allow it to regulate greenhouse gas sources under the Clean Air Act’s Prevention of Significant Deterioration Program.  No surprise here.  Texas business asked the state legislature to “authorize” the TCEQ to do this because it is more streamlined to have one permitting authority, and because of […]  More »

Court looks at EPA rule on cross-state pollution

The U.S. Supreme Court indicated Tuesday it could breathe new life into a federal rule requiring states to reduce power plant pollution from the South and Midwest that fouls the air in the eastern U.S.  More »

Iowa governor accuses Obama of ‘caving to Big Oil’

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad on Thursday delivered a blistering attack on the Obama administration’s plan to slash government mandates for renewable fuel, accusing the White House of caving to Big Oil and turning its back on rural America.  More »

Feds to get earful on renewable fuels

A summit Thursday on the nation’s renewable fuels policy is set to draw a crush of farmers, politicians, engineers and oil industry lobbyists all eager to criticize an Obama administration plan to slash federal biofuels quotas.  More »

British government joins BP’s fight against contract suspension

BP picked up new allies in its fight against a suspension from new government contracts, as oil industry and business groups filed a legal brief labeling the punishment an “overreach” by the Obama administration.  More »

Keystone foe Steyer brings fight to site of Obama pledge

As the U.S. prepares to release an environmental review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, opponents are arguing that the project can’t meet a standard for carbon emissions that President Barack Obama set in June.  More »

Airline joins battle over biofuels

A refinery owned by Delta Air Lines has joined the battle against a government mandate to blend renewables into fuel supplies.  More »

W&T shares fall sharply in face of possible regulatory action

W&T Offshore shares fell 10 percent Friday on news that U.S. regulators may bar the Houston producer from federal lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico, where it pumps most of its oil.  More »

Study: US spewing 50% more methane than EPA says

The United States is spewing 50 percent more methane — a potent heat-trapping gas — than the federal government estimates, a new comprehensive scientific study says. Much of it is coming from just three states: Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.  More »

Biofuels battle isn’t over yet (video)

A leading biofuels backer says oil industry scare tactics prompted the Obama administration to slash renewable fuel targets for next year.  More »