Tag: regulation

Feds unveil proposed new safety rules for crude-carrying trains

Tank cars that carry crude oil across the United States would have to meet stringent new standards to improve safety and make them more resilient in an accident under proposed new rules unveiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday.  More »

Regulator: New oil train rules could have wide reach

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx suggested Monday that coming mandates to boost the safety of hauling oil by train will go beyond requiring changes to the tank cars.  More »

Gasoline fears drive congressional energy agenda

It’s a rite of summer. Just as American motorists hit the highway for road trips and family vacations, Republican leaders on Capitol Hill put oil and gas bills on the agenda.  More »

Obama pick to head FERC advances with compromise

Norman Bay and Cheryl LaFleur won Senate committee approval to be members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as part of a compromise with the Obama administration on who would lead the agency.  More »

EPA rule gives new boost to gas

Natural gas is poised to be one of the biggest winners of the Obama administration’s new plan to slash carbon dioxide emissions, accelerating the electric sector’s move away from coal toward the cleaner-burning power source. But natural gas industry executives weren’t eager to crow about their victory Monday.  More »

Feds writing new oil payment mandates

Financial regulators have quietly confirmed they are rewriting a rule requiring companies to disclose what they pay foreign interests in exchange for rights to harvest oil, gas and other minerals.  More »

Safety of oil tank cars draws scrutiny

Rail industry representatives on Tuesday told federal investigators they need clear government guidance on how to boost the safety of tank cars carrying crude oil and ethanol across the United States, lest they be penalized for making voluntary improvements that fall short of later mandates.  More »

Former drilling chief: US ‘on a course to repeat’ Gulf oil spill

Former Minerals Management Service Director Elizabeth Birnbaum says the Obama administration “still has not taken key steps . . . to increase drilling safety.”  More »

Illegal dumping of radioactive waste surges with oil boom

Oil fields are spinning off thousands of tons of low-level radioactive trash as the U.S. drilling boom leads to a surge in illegal dumping and states debate how much landfills can safely take.  More »

Canada can have edge on gas exports, official says

The United States’ speed in standing up projects to export American natural gas may depend on your vantage point. If you’re a Canadian worried about competing with American producers to sell natural gas overseas, U.S. regulators are moving at a quick pace.  More »

Keystone comments rushing in to State Dept.

Members of the public have filed more than 3,500 comments voicing their opinions on Keystone XL, just a week after the feds — once again — solicited input on the controversial pipeline.  More »

Cruz to GOP: Stop obsessing over Keystone XL

WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz wants GOP lawmakers to move beyond Keystone XL and instead do more to unleash America’s energy potential.  More »
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