Tag: EPA

New tests find more methane in North Texas water

Texas’ oil and gas regulator has opened a new investigation into allegations that methane is contaminating North Texas water after residents complained that independent sampling by university researchers revealed high levels of the explosive gas in their residential wells, the state agency and scientists said.  More »

Senator presses EPA to scrutinize refinery emissions

At least one senator wants the EPA to expand its focus on greenhouse emissions to include gases from refineries in addition to power plants.  More »

Biofuels scam allegations against company widen to fraud

A company whose president was indicted last fall in an alleged biofuels scam prosecutors say cost the government and investors more than $100 million now faces a separate investigation by federal environmental regulators.  More »

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 »