Tag: politics

Public, lawmakers weigh proposal to expand Alaska refuge

A battle over whether the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge should be set aside as wilderness — or eventually opened up for oil exploration — brought dozens of people with polar-opposite views to a public hearing in Anchorage.  More »

EPA says new pollution requirements won’t cause blackouts

The Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator said today the agency’s upcoming rule for reducing power plants’ toxic emissions wouldn’t cause electricity service disruptions and blackouts.  More »

BP’s back in the political contributions game

BP is back to its old ways — no, not drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Nearly 18 months after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, POLITICO reports BP has donated more than $50,000 in federal-level campaigns, making it one of the most generous donors during this cycle.  More »

Shale drillers must do more to protect environment, group says

The technology used to extract oil and gas from shale rocks, a process that has revolutionized the U.S. energy industry, should be improved to protect the environment, the head of Europe’s largest gas company said.  More »

Bill aimed at restoring Gulf goes to full Senate

A bill that calls for 80 percent of BP penalties to go toward restoring the Gulf of Mexico has moved onto the full U.S. Senate.  More »

Neb. gov. doubts company will move pipeline route

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman said he doubts TransCanada will voluntarily move the planned route of a controversial oil pipeline proposal.  More »

U.S respects Cyprus’s right to drill, official says

The U.S. respects and acknowledges Cyprus’s “self-evident sovereign right” to explore and exploit its natural resources, Cypriot government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou said.  More »

ND grant to coax motorists to use more ethanol

A state Commerce Department official says many North Dakotans who drive so-called “flex-fuel” vehicles don’t even know it.  More »

Top Interior official heads to firm working for BP

The former chief of staff to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has taken a job with a law firm representing BP in litigation stemming from the massive Gulf oil spill last year.  More »

BP says it didn’t hide information about Gulf well blowout

BP Plc said it didn’t hide information about a possibly dangerous condition in the Macondo oil well before or after it blew out in April 2010, killing 11 people and triggering the biggest U.S. offshore oil spill.  More »

Carter: Natural gas could give U.S. path to energy security

Former President Jimmy Carter said renewable energy is unlikely to produce large amounts of power in the near future, but the nation’s natural gas reserves could put the U.S. on a path to energy security, according to a Platts press release.  More »

Wyo. official: Better map could crack Niobrara oil

Better seismic mapping data could finally spur more petroleum companies to drill into the Niobrara Shale, according to the head of the Wyoming state oil and gas regulatory agency.  More »