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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.

Dec 6, 2012

U.S. study says the more liquefied natural gas exported the better

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. government-sponsored report offered a full-throated endorsement on Wednesday for expanding liquefied natural gas exports, saying that shipping the nation’s surplus gas abroad would clearly help the overall economy even though it will raise energy prices.

The report, commissioned by the Energy Department, is expected to help shape the Obama administration’s response to more than a dozen proposed export projects that have been put on hold over the past year, as a surge in shale gas production upended the market and depressed domestic prices.

Dec 6, 2012

US study says the more LNG exported the better

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – A U.S. government-sponsored
report offered a full-throated endorsement on Wednesday for
expanding liquefied natural gas exports, saying that shipping
the nation’s surplus gas abroad would clearly help the overall
economy even though it will raise energy prices.

The report, commissioned by the Energy Department, is
expected to help shape the Obama administration’s response to
more than a dozen proposed export projects that have been put on
hold over the past year, as a surge in shale gas production
upended the market and depressed domestic prices.

Dec 5, 2012

U.S. liquefied natural gas to help economy, government-backed study says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sending surplus U.S. natural gas abroad will benefit the country’s economy more than harming it, a highly anticipated U.S. study said on Wednesday, offering the Obama administration a basis for possibly allowing more exports.

The government-commissioned report, which examined the impact of liquefied natural gas exports in a variety of circumstances, found exports to be positive for the economy under all conditions considered.

Dec 5, 2012

US LNG exports to help economy, govt-backed study says

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Sending surplus U.S. natural
gas abroad will benefit the country’s economy more than harming
it, a highly anticipated U.S. study said on Wednesday, offering
the Obama administration a basis for possibly allowing more
exports.

The government-commissioned report, which examined the
impact of liquefied natural gas exports in a variety of
circumstances, found exports to be positive for the economy
under all conditions considered.

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