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Roughnecks take a break from working the Peterson Drilling Company rig in Carlsbad, New Mexico, February 26, 2000.  (Photo by Joe Raedle)

Green groups appeal suspension of federal oil, gas drilling rules

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The Sierra Club and others say the rules should be allowed to take effect to protect land and water from practices including hydraulic fracturing.
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Clean Power Plan may force coal power plant retirements in Texas, ERCOT says

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Despite the concerns, the estimated retirement of at least 4,000 megawatts of coal-fired generation capacity in the ERCOT region is much less than the previous projection of 8,700 megawatts given last year before the Clean Power Plan rule was finalized and the timelines were eased, said ERCOT, which manages about 85 percent of Texas’ electricity load.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gestures while speaking at an August town hall meeting. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter) )

New Jersey seeks to block appeal in Exxon Mobil settlement

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Environmental groups criticized the state government’s motion.
A map included in the Sierra Club's report shows the position of several schools near the W.A. Parish power plant in Fort Bend County. (Screengrab of Sierra Club report)

Sierra Club: NRG coal plant near Houston violates pollution standards

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While NRG disputes the claims, the Sierra Club study contends the W.A. Parish power plant in the small town of Thompsons is exceeding allowable sulfur dioxide emissions by more than twice the federal standard in its highest concentrations.
President Barack Obama waves from the top of the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, before departing to Alaska. Obama is traveling on a three-day trip to Alaska aimed at showing solidarity with a state often overlooked by Washington, while using its glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama on defense as he heads to Alaska

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Environmentalists say there is a clash between Shell’s exploratory oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea and Obama’s visit to survey shrinking glaciers and speak with coastal residents worried about rising seas.
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Environmentalists insist feds must block Shell’s Arctic drilling while icebreaker is away

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Shell is counting on the Fennica to keep ice at bay during normal drilling operations as well as any oil spill response, noted 10 environmental groups in a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.
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Environmentalists: Feds should shelve Shell’s Arctic plans because of walrus rules

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In a four-page letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, 10 environmental groups delivered their strongest argument yet that Shell’s exploration plan is invalid and the Interior Department would violate federal law if it issued drilling permits for Shell’s planned wells in the Chukchi Sea.
(AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey, S.A. Sonsthagen)

Obama administration delivers big blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans

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The Fish and Wildlife Service said it could not authorize sound from Shell’s planned drilling of wells roughly nine miles apart to disturb walruses in the Chukchi Sea, because a 2013 requirement mandates a 15-mile buffer zone.
Liquefied natural gas export terminals at   Cheniere Energy's Sabine Pass facility.   (Cheniere Energy photo)

Cheniere clears hurdle to expand Sabine Pass LNG terminal

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Cheniere Energy cleared a regulatory hurdle to expand its Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas export terminal after federal regulators Tuesday dismissed an environmental group’s concerns about the project.
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Seattle's skyline provides the backdrop for the Transocean Polar Pioneer, while it is being loaded with supplies in the city's port in May 2015. Shell plans to use the rig this summer to bore an exploratory oil well at its Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea, about 70 miles northwest of the Alaska coast. A separate drillship, the Noble Discoverer, is set to work on another Burger well at the same time. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Shell’s Arctic drilling plans may hit permitting snag

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It was not immediately clear Tuesday whether the restriction highlighted by environmentalists opposed to Shell’s Arctic drilling campaign would derail the company’s plans, but it could be a major stumbling block.