Tag: Mark Udall

Colorado compromise aims to head off fracking showdown at ballot box

WASHINGTON — A last-minute deal in Colorado is aimed at averting a ballot showdown in November over the future of hydraulic fracturing and drilling regulations in the state that threatened to strand oil industry investments and divided Democrats.  More »

House passes bill to speed up natural gas exports

The House voted Wednesday to force the Obama administration to accelerate its scrutiny of dozens of proposed natural gas export projects, responding to energy companies’ clamor to sell the fossil fuel to Japan, Thailand and other countries. Houston Democrat Gene Green helped broker a critical compromise on the bill.  More »

Bill to approve Keystone XL advances in Senate

A key Senate committee voted 12-10 Wednesday to endorse legislation that would force approval of Keystone XL, a mostly symbolic action that will do little to put the pipeline in the ground but could help the panel’s Democratic chairwoman, Mary Landrieu, in her reelection bid.  More »

Energy industry places big bets on Republican Senate victory

Energy companies are giving more to Republicans to help them win a U.S. Senate majority and counter President Barack Obama‚Äôs environmental agenda.  More »

Winners and losers in feds’ new gas export review plan

The Energy Department was able to unite foes and advocates of natural gas exports by devising a new approach that appears to accelerate the review process overall, even though it extends the time benefits to just a few well-heeled players.  More »

Senator: Latest train spill shows need to improve safety

Sen. Mark Udall says a Union Pacific derailment and oil spill in Weld County illustrates the importance of upgrading rail safety regulations.  More »

Democrats push Obama on LNG exports

Five Senate Democrats sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Friday pleading for the government to pick up the pace in vetting proposals to export natural gas.  More »

European leaders plead for more natural gas exports

Natural gas export boosters have seized on the Ukraine crisis to leverage plans to accelerate U.S. government approvals to sell more of the fossil fuel overseas. But now that the Senate is tackling a $1 billion Ukraine aid package, the zeal to act immediately may be cooling.  More »

Senators push leaders on extending wind tax credit

A bipartisan group of 10 senators asked the chamber’s leaders to move legislation that would extend a wind-energy tax credit beyond 2012, saying the provision has helped foster the industry’s growth in the United States.  More »

BLM proposes scaling back oil shale, tar sands development

The Bureau of Land Management on Friday proposed scaling back a George W. Bush-era plan to lease Western lands for development of oil shale and tar sands.  More »

Revenue-sharing controversy sinks bill to boost offshore drilling safety

Legislation that would boost offshore drilling safety was thrown into limbo today, after senators clashed over a plan to give coastal states a greater share of federal revenues for energy produced near their beaches.  More »