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A dispersant plane passes over an oil skimmer on April 27, 2010 as it cleans oil in the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana. (AP file photo/Patrick Semansky)

Feds aim to boost requirements for oil spill dispersants

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The move comes 14 years after the agency first announced it planned to rewrite rules governing dispersants and five years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster vividly illustrated shortcomings in existing mandates.
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EPA delays rule to cut carbon from new coal power plants

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has vowed to overturn the emissions rules.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy testifies before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power on Capitol Hill, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Feds delay decision on methane mandates

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The Environmental Protection Agency is waiting to make a decision on whether — and how — to boost regulation of methane emissions from the oil and gas sector until the new year.
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U.S. households to spend $550 less on gasoline in 2015

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The average U.S. household can expect to spend $550 less at the gasoline pump in 2015 thanks to both falling gasoline prices and more fuel-efficient vehicles, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
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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.
(Eddie Seal/Bloomberg)

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.