Tag: Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

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 »

Feds debate long-delayed U.S.-Mexico oil pact

Top Obama administration officials and senators on Tuesday touted the promise of a long-stalled international treaty to unleash oil drilling along the U.S.-Mexico in the Gulf and warned that international relations between the companies could be harmed if America fails to enact the pact.  More »

Obama officials face tough questions on oil drilling, land access

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and a top deputy are grilled before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on issues ranging from oil drilling on federal lands to how endangered species listings could affect energy development.  More »

Natural gas forum brings environmentalists and industry together

Environmentalists and energy producers shared the microphones at a Senate forum on Thursday, aimed at discussing ways to reduce the environmental footprint of natural gas development.  More »

Senate forum sheds light on natural gas exports

Energy analysts will be reading the tea leaves Tuesday as Obama administration officials field questions about their approach to exporting U.S natural gas during a Senate forum on the issue. Follow live as we tweet from the forum.  More »

Baucus’ retirement could put Louisiana Democrat in charge of energy panel

Sen. Max Baucus’ decision to retire sets in motion a chain of events that could end with Sen. Mary Landrieu taking the helm of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, putting the Louisiana Democrat in the driver’s seat for big debates on offshore drilling and natural gas production.  More »

Hydro, energy efficiency bills get early start in Congress

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday held a hearing on a measure that aims to boost energy efficiency and separate bills that would spur hydropower development.  More »

Committee endorses Moniz to be energy secretary

A Senate committee endorsed President Barack Obama’s nomination of Ernest Moniz to be energy secretary on Thursday, queuing up a possible confirmation vote next week.  More »

Senate panel to scrutinize natural gas exports — again

The Senate energy committee will delve deep into issues surrounding natural gas development and transport — including the controversy surrounding potentially greater exports of the fossil fuel — during a series of roundtables in May.  More »

Interior nominee owns oil stocks

Sally Jewell, President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Interior Department, owns stock in some of the nation’s biggest oil and gas companies, according to financial disclosure forms.  More »

Natural gas hearing to expose divisions

The newly refashioned Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is set to hold its inaugural hearing Tuesday on exporting more of America’s natural gas bounty, chaired by Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who is skeptical of existing laws on the issue.  More »

Lawmaker urges Interior to stick with tough drilling rule

A top Senate Democrat on Thursday told federal regulators not to shy away from tough requirements in a rule being drafted to tighten standards for drilling on public lands.  More »

Alaska would cash in on Arctic drilling under new plan

New Senate legislation would allow Alaska to collect 37.5 percent of federal dollars tied to oil and gas drilling in Arctic waters near the state, the same share that Gulf Coast states are counting on beginning in 2017.  More »

Manufacturers ‘alarmed’ about surging natural gas demand

Manufacturers warned Congress today that they are worried the nationwide push to use more natural gas to generate electricity and fuel cars will leave them paying more for the fossil fuel they use to power plants and create other products.  More »

Shale gas panel offers olive branch to industry

Industry leaders complained earlier this year that a government task force has overlooked what they’ve already done to boost the safety of natural gas extraction. Panel members sought to smooth things over today.  More »
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