Tag: politics

Texas lawmaker seeks to protect urban drilling

State Rep. Phil King filed a pair of bills this week, cities seeking to ban fracking would need to gain approval from the state attorney general, pay the state to study the financial impact and reimburse the state for any lost tax revenue.  More »

In Denton, a vote ends very little

The measure has already drawn two formidable legal challenges, one from the Texas General Land Office and the other from the Texas Oil & Gas Association.  More »

Citigroup sees $1.1 trillion stimulus from oil plunge

Crude prices are plunging amid signs that OPEC won’t act to eliminate a surplus as global growth slows.  More »

Denton fracking ban campaign most expensive in city history

Groups clashing over Denton’s fracking ban proposition have raised more money than in any campaign in the city’s history.  More »

Galveston port sets aside 185 acres for proposed LNG plant

Trustees signed an “option to lease” agreement for the property with a subsidiary of Woodlands-based NextDecade, a privately owned company focused planning to build a $6 billion liquefaction plant on the small island north of Galveston, said Port Director Michael Mierzwa said.  More »

N. Dakota needs $800 million for housing, schools in wake of oil boom, state GOP says

North Dakota Republicans have put forward a plan to spend millions on rising problems in the wake of the oil boom in the state and the population increase that has resulted.  More »

Back from South Texas, regulator re-warns of pipeline threat

Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter returned Thursday from a visit to oil installations with a grim safety assessment. But the industry, he stressed, was not to blame.  More »

Lawmakers weigh in on debate about natural gas labels

Policymakers are trying to figure out how to measure consumer natural gas fuels.  More »

The reality behind Obama’s power plant pollution limits

President Barack Obama’s new pollution limits for power plants have set off an avalanche of information about what the rules will cost and how far they will go toward curbing climate change. One problem: Almost none of it is based in reality.  More »

Let the complaints begin…

A day after the roll out of the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas control rule for existing power plants under the CAA, section 111(d), we have the usual complaints from the usual quarters that meeting the requirements will cause wide economic disruption, and that the proposal is not legally consistent with the 111(d) provisions of the […]  More »

EPA Proposes new “residual risk” rule for refineries

Cross Posted from Center for Progressive Reform Blog: On May 14, 2014, the EPA proposed new rules to control “residual risk” from hazardous air emissions (such as from benzene) at the nation’s petroleum refineries.     The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to calculate whether or not residual risk to human health exists after […]  More »

Louisiana energy tour has political tinge

Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is taking Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on a tour of oil and gas infrastructure in her home state of Louisiana, with visits on Tuesday to a port supplying offshore platforms and another facility that builds them.  More »

Environmentalists pressure Clinton on Keystone XL

More than two dozen environmental groups are looking to enlist former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in their fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, pressuring the potential presidential candidate to come out against the project before she makes any bid for the White House.  More »

Energy companies dominate list of most Republican companies

The Times analyzed Federal Election Commission data since 1979, calculating what percentage of each company’s political contributions went to Republican candidates and committees.  More »

New Democratic senator finds identity as Obama energy critic

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp fashioned herself as an independent-minded candidate as she won an upset victory in 2012. And she has carried that ethos into her second year in office, emerging as perhaps the White House’s most consistent Democratic critic on energy policy.  More »
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