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Jan 10, 2013

No contamination from fracking found in 2 Arkansas counties-USGS

WASHINGTON, Jan 9 (Reuters) – The U.S. government said it
found no evidence that shale gas drilling had contaminated water
in two Arkansas counties where concerns were raised about the
drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) sampled 127 shallow
domestic wells in Van Buren and Faulkner counties in the
Fayetteville Shale area, where 4,000 wells have been drilled
since 2004.

Jan 9, 2013

Global contest seeks energy-efficient computer monitors

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An international clean energy coalition is searching for the world’s most energy-efficient appliances, and has launched a contest to find the top energy-saving computer monitors as part of an effort to drive down electricity usage.

The contest will be sponsored by U.S. Energy Department and other governments.

Desktop computer monitors annually use about 30 to 40 terawatt-hours of electricity, equivalent to about 10 mid-sized coal fired power plants, organizers said.

Jan 8, 2013

US oil, gas lobby reports better relations with administration

WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) – The sometimes chilly relations
between the top oil and gas lobbying group and the Obama
administration have warmed considerably over recent months, the
head of the American Petroleum Institute said on Tuesday.

The group’s president predicted that the industry and
federal government would be able find areas of agreement at a
time when the United States is expected to continue its drive
toward energy independence.

Jan 8, 2013

Government launches review of Shell Arctic drill program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Interior Department said on Tuesday it will review Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) 2012 Arctic oil drilling program to assess the challenges the company faced and to help guide future permitting in the region.

The announcement follows the grounding of one of Shell’s rigs off the coast of Alaska last week, the latest in a series of mishaps the company has encountered as it undertakes its ambitious Arctic oil exploration plans.

Jan 8, 2013

US govt launches review of Shell Arctic drill program

WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) – The U.S. Interior Department
said on Tuesday it will review Royal Dutch Shell’s 2012
Arctic oil drilling program to assess the challenges the company
faced and to help guide future permitting in the region.

The announcement follows the grounding of one of Shell’s
rigs off the coast of Alaska last week, the latest in a series
of mishaps the company has encountered as it undertakes its
ambitious Arctic oil exploration plans.

Jan 3, 2013

Rig accident shows danger of Arctic drilling-Green groups

WASHINGTON, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Opponents of Royal Dutch
Shell’s ambitious Arctic oil program have called on the
Obama administration to put offshore drilling plans in the
region on hold after one of the company’s oil rigs broke away
from tow boats in high seas and ran aground off Alaska.

The Natural Resources Defense Council and The Wilderness
Society on Thursday said the accident involving Shell’s Kulluk
oil rig is new evidence that oil companies are not prepared to
safely manage the extreme conditions of the Arctic.

Jan 3, 2013

Rig accident shows need to pause Arctic drilling: Green groups

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Opponents of Royal Dutch Shell’s ambitious Arctic oil drilling program has called on the Obama administration to put offshore drilling plans in the region on hold after the dramatic grounding this week of Shell’s oil rig in Alaska.

The Natural Resources Defense Council and The Wilderness Society on Thursday said the accident involving Shell’s Kulluk oil rig is new evidence that oil companies are not prepared to safely manage the extreme conditions of the Arctic.

Dec 27, 2012

Jackson to step down as Obama’s environmental chief

WASHINGTON, Dec 27 (Reuters) – U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency chief Lisa Jackson, who spearheaded the Obama
administration’s crackdown on carbon emissions, said on Thursday
that she will be stepping down after almost four years of
battles with Republicans and big industry over her proposed
regulations.

Under her leadership, the agency declared for the first time
that carbon dioxide was a danger to human health and could be
regulated under the Clean Air Act, leading the EPA to develop a
new regulatory regime to limit carbon emissions.

Dec 17, 2012

U.S. lawmaker calls for new natural gas export study

WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – A government-sponsored study
that found natural gas exports would benefit the U.S. economy
was deeply flawed and should be repeated with more recent data,
a key Democratic lawmaker said on Monday.

The NERA Economic Consulting study, commissioned by the
Energy Department, gave a resounding endorsement of the economic
benefits of unlimited exports when it was released earlier this
month.

Dec 10, 2012

U.S. says will not give battery maker A123 rest of grant

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Energy Department will not give battery maker A123 the remaining half of its $249 million grant, following the company’s high profile bankruptcy and acquisition by a Chinese auto parts supplier, a department official said on Monday.

China’s Wanxiang Group won an auction for most of the assets of A123, which makes lithium ion batteries for electric cars.

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