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May 18, 2015

Oil groups ask court to temporarily block U.S. fracking rules

By Ayesha Rascoe

(Reuters) – Two oil and gas groups have asked a federal
court to block the implementation new U.S. rules for hydraulic
fracturing on public lands until their lawsuit challenging the
regulations is resolved.

The Independent Petroleum Association Of America (IPAA) and
the Western Energy Alliance filed a motion on Friday for a
preliminary injunction to prevent the Interior Department’s
Bureau of Land Management from enforcing the regulations,
arguing the standards will cause their members irreparable harm.

May 14, 2015

U.S. green groups sue in challenge to oil train safety rules

WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) – Seven environmental groups
filed a lawsuit on Thursday challenging safety rules issued
earlier this month for trains carrying oil, arguing the
regulations are too weak to protect the public.

The groups, including the Sierra Club and Center for
Biological Diversity, charge that the rules, issued on May 1,
will allow industry to continue to use “unsafe tank cars” for up
to 10 years and fail to set adequate speed limits for oil
trains.

May 13, 2015

Enbridge to pay $75 mln to settle 2010 oil spill -Michigan officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Enbridge Energy and its
affiliates will pay $75 million to settle a 2010 oil spill into
Michigan’s Talmadge Creek and Kalamazoo River that dumped
800,000 gallons of oil, state officials said on Wednesday.

“The agreement will finalize cleanup and restoration
requirements for areas affected by the spill,” that stemmed from
an Enbridge owned and operated pipeline, Michigan Attorney
General Bill Schuette and Michigan Department of Environmental
Quality Director Dan Wyant said in a statement.

Apr 16, 2015

U.S. judges raise doubts about early challenge for EPA carbon rules

WASHINGTON, April 16 (Reuters) – In the first legal test of
the Obama administration’s plan to limit greenhouse gas
emissions from power plants, two of three federal judges hearing
a challenge to the regulations on Thursday expressed skepticism
about weighing in before they are formally adopted.

More than a dozen states and Murray Energy Corp
filed lawsuits last year challenging the administration’s
proposal, which would require the U.S. power sector to slash
carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels.

Apr 15, 2015

What to watch for in federal court hearing on EPA carbon rules

WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) – More than a dozen states
and a coal company will urge a U.S. appeals court on Thursday to
throw out the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to
limit carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants.

The rules are still in draft form, but the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the District of Columbia will hear oral arguments in
two lawsuits that represent the first major test of the legality
of the Obama administration’s landmark Clean Power Plan.

Apr 10, 2015

U.S. EPA strikes deal on biofuel blending targets with oil groups

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Oil refiners who have complained that federal regulators missed deadlines to issue rules on blending renewable fuels into the nation’s supply of gasoline and diesel fuel are set to get long-awaited targets from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Under a deal the EPA announced on Friday with two oil industry groups who had sued it over persistent past delays, the EPA said it will propose draft biofuel use targets for 2015 by June 1.

Apr 10, 2015

U.S. EPA unveils deal with trade groups on biofuel use targets

WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency said on Friday it had reached a deal with two
oil trade groups on setting targets for blending renewable fuels
into the nation’s fuel supply.

The EPA said it will propose draft biofuel use targets for
2015 by June 1, under the agreement, which will settle
litigation over prior delays. The agency also said it plans to
re-propose biofuel targets for 2014 using the actual volumes of
renewable fuels that were consumed last year.

Mar 20, 2015

Oil and gas industry groups sue over U.S. fracking rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The oil and gas industry moved
quickly on Friday to challenge new U.S. regulations for
hydraulic fracturing on public lands, minutes after the Obama
administration issued the rules.

In what could be the start of a broad industry assault on
the rules, the Independent Petroleum Association of America
(IPAA) and Western Energy Alliance sued the U.S. Interior
Department. Other industry groups and companies are expected to
follow suit.

Mar 19, 2015

U.S. oil groups sue EPA over delays in biofuel standard

By Ayesha Rascoe

(Reuters) – The U.S. oil and gas industry has sued the
Environmental Protection Agency over repeated delays in the
release of 2014 and 2015 biofuel use targets, intensifying
pressure on the agency to speed up its work on standards for
renewable fuel.

A complaint filed on Wednesday by the American Fuel and
Petrochemical Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute
said the EPA has “ignored” its duty to issue requirements for
blending ethanol and biodiesel into U.S. fuel supplies by the
deadline set under federal law.

Mar 12, 2015

Exide to close California battery recycling plant to avoid prosecution

WASHINGTON, March 12 (Reuters) – Exide Technologies
has agreed to shutter its lead-acid battery recycling
facility in Vernon, California, and pay $50 million in clean-up
costs to avoid criminal prosecution for illegal storage of
hazardous waste.

As part of a deal reached late Wednesday with the U.S.
Attorney’s Office in California’s central district, Exide also
admitted to storing lead-contaminated hazardous waste inside
leaking van trailers on a number of occasions over the past two
decades.

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