Tag: regulation

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 »

Spike in oil-by-rail fueled by regulatory delays, experts say

Rapidly developing oil and gas production in North Dakota, Texas and other states is outpacing the construction of new pipelines and other infrastructure to carry those fuels to market, energy experts and former government officials warned Thursday.  More »

Lawmakers stress urgency as feds finish new sulfur rules for gasoline

As the Obama administration prepares to mandate new limits on sulfur pollution from gasoline, congressional Democrats made a last-minute appeal for quick action.  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 »

Oil industry blasts administration’s Arctic drilling plan

Oil industry trade groups blasted the Obama administration’s plan to adopt a “targeted leasing” approach to selling drilling rights in Arctic waters near Alaska, saying it would dissuade companies from bidding on the acreage.  More »

Oil payments rule not getting quick rewrite

Much to the delight of the oil industry, the Securities and Exchange Commission appears to be in no rush to rewrite a rule that required companies to disclose what they pay foreign countries in return for the right to extract crude, natural gas and minerals.  More »

Feds order five companies to halt offshore work

The federal government has ordered five companies to cease their offshore oil and gas operations, after the firms failed to give regulators a required audit of safety plans newly required since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »
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