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Jul 23, 2014

Ethanol needs separate treatment in U.S. rail rules -biofuel groups

WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. ethanol industry
pushed back on Wednesday against what they called a “one size
fits all” approach to proposed federal rules for shipping fuel
by rail, saying regulators must distinguish between the often
corn-based biofuel and crude oil.

Their calls follow an unveiling by the U.S. Department of
Transportation of proposed safety features for new tank cars
transporting fuel, and the phasing out of older cars considered
unsafe.

Jul 2, 2014

U.S. EPA approves new fuels for federal biofuel mandate

WASHINGTON, July 2 (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency on Wednesday expanded the types of fuel that
can be used to satisfy the federal biofuel mandate, a move that
could play a role in the agency’s delayed targets for 2014
renewable fuel use.

The EPA finalized a plan allowing compressed natural gas and
liquefied natural gas produced using biogas from landfills,
manure digesters and sewage treatment plants to qualify as
cellulosic biofuel, fuel typically derived from sources like
grasses and wood.

Jun 26, 2014

U.S. gas prices to rise if biofuel mandate not cut -CBO

WASHINGTON, June 26 (Reuters) – U.S. gasoline prices could
rise by up to 26 cents a gallon by 2017 if the Environmental
Protection Agency does not lower the ambitious targets in a
federal biofuel use mandate, the Congressional Budget Office
said on Thursday.

The non-partisan CBO said meeting the targets, set at a time
when gasoline use was expected to rise, would be a significant
challenge in the years ahead.

Jun 25, 2014

House passes bill speeding up decisions on LNG export requests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved legislation that would set a deadline for Energy Department reviews of liquefied natural gas export applications, a move aimed at securing swifter approvals for shipping gas overseas.

The legislation, mostly backed by Republicans, would require the department to issue a decision 30 days after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has completed its environmental analysis of an LNG export project.

Jun 23, 2014

Green groups urge U.S. agency to halt approving gas export projects

WASHINGTON, June 23 (Reuters) – Environmentalists on Monday
protested at the headquarters of the U.S. Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission, calling on the agency to stop approving
liquefied natural gas export facilities until the climate change
impacts of the projects are better understood.

The protesters blasted FERC’s refusal to consider the
greenhouse gas emissions that would result from the production,
processing and shipment of natural gas abroad and said FERC must
examine the matter before considering any new projects.

Jun 19, 2014

US FERC approves Sempra’s Cameron LNG export project

WASHINGTON, June 19 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Thursday
approved Sempra Energy’s bid to build a liquefied
natural gas export terminal in Louisiana, opening the door to a
significant expansion of the American role in global gas trade.

Sempra’s Cameron LNG facility was the second gas export
project to get the green light to begin construction from the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the first since 2012,
when FERC permitted Cheniere’s Sabine Pass project.

May 29, 2014

U.S. Energy Dept to shake up LNG export project review process

WASHINGTON, May 29 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on
Thursday announced a major overhaul of its review process for
approving U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, a move that
will give priority to companies with more commercial backing for
their projects.

Under the proposal, the Department of Energy would no longer
issue conditional approvals of projects.

May 27, 2014

House energy panel plans more oversight of gasoline reserve

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Republicans will continue delving into the Obama administration’s creation of an emergency gasoline reserve in the Northeast, after a briefing by the Department of Energy failed to quell concerns about the stockpile, a committee aide said on Tuesday.

Senior members of the House Energy Committee asked for the briefing after the DOE earlier this year held the first test sale of crude from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) since 1990, and later announced plans to create a million-barrel gasoline reserve in the Northeast.

May 23, 2014

U.S. may adjust 2014 corn ethanol target after outcry: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is likely to partly backtrack on proposed steep cuts to renewable fuel targets for 2014 when it finalizes a rule due out in June, industry sources said.

Biofuel groups expect the Environmental Protection Agency to send the final proposed targets to the White House as soon as Friday.

May 15, 2014

Dominion’s LNG export project clears environmental hurdle

WASHINGTON, May 15 (Reuters) – Dominion Resources’ bid
to export liquefied natural gas from the coast of Maryland
cleared a major hurdle on Thursday with a favorable
environmental review from federal regulators.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s review of
Dominion’s Cove Point found that the project would not have a
significant impact on the environment since it would be built in
the same area as the company’s existing import facility.

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