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Jul 30, 2012

U.S. reviewing Enbridge pipeline spill, no restart decision yet

CALGARY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. pipeline regulators said on Monday no decision had been made on whether Enbridge Inc will have to take any corrective measures before restarting a pipeline shuttered after spilling more 1,000 barrels of crude oil in Wisconsin.

The 318,000 barrel per day Line 14 — which carries Canadian crude to refiners in the Midwest — was shut on Friday after the discovery of the spill, the latest in a series of incidents that threaten to damage the reputation of a company that launched its most ambitious expansion program ever just two months ago.

Jul 26, 2012

US Chamber of Commerce to promote shale boom in campaign

WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce
on Thursday launched its first major salvo in support of shale
oil and gas development, unveiling a campaign promoting the
economic benefits of the booming energy sector that is under
fire from environmentalists.

The powerful business group will be running newspaper and
radio ads in states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia
where the shale gas boom has sharply boosted drilling.

Jul 18, 2012

Chinese competition sank govt-backed Abound Solar-executives

WASHINGTON, July 18 (Reuters) – Abound Solar was doomed by
Chinese subsidies that helped flood the market with solar
panels, former company executives said on Wednesday as
Republicans delved into the latest failure of a
government-backed solar panel manufacturer.

The collapse of Abound and the high-profile bankruptcy of
Solyndra, another solar panel maker that also received a
government loan guarantee, have provided rich fodder for
Republicans on the campaign trail attacking the Obama
administration’s energy policies.

Jul 10, 2012

House bill looks to stop future “Solyndras”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers unveiled legislation on Tuesday to end a program offering loan support for clean energy companies, keeping alive the issue of a massive loan to solar panel maker Solyndra, which subsequently filed for bankruptcy.

Solyndra received more than $500 million in government support and has become a political talking point for Republicans in the run-up to November’s election and an embarrassment to the administration of President Barack Obama.

Jun 29, 2012

US lawmakers press DOE to speed LNG export review

WASHINGTON, June 29 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers representing
s tates rich in shale gas c alled for the Obama administration to
expedite approval of liquefied natural gas exports on Friday,
mounting the first real push in support of gas exports on
Capitol Hill.

A bipartisan coalition of 21 lawmakers in the House of
Representatives said the Obama administration needs to move
forward with its review of companies looking to export LNG.

Jun 27, 2012

U.S. should be open to crude oil exports: EIA head

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States should be open to exporting domestically produced crude oil, the head of the Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday, arguing that such exports could actually benefit the U.S. economy.

Adam Sieminski, the former Deutsche Bank economist who was sworn in as EIA administrator earlier this month, said selling U.S. oil abroad could help provide a market for light sweet crude produced from shale formations in places like North Dakota, since the Gulf coast refining hub is more suited to process heavier crudes.

Jun 27, 2012

Insight: As Congress looks away, U.S. tiptoes toward exporting a gas bounty

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a bitterly divided U.S. political environment, there’s at least one thing Republicans and Democrats can agree on: Avoid a public showdown on natural gas exports, arguably the most important energy policy decision in recent memory.

While fluctuating gasoline prices, the Keystone pipeline and the fight over fracking steal headlines, the question of how much of the newfound U.S. shale gas bounty should be shared with the rest of the world goes largely without comment or coverage — despite holding far wider and longer-lasting consequences.

Jun 26, 2012

Court upholds EPA’s greenhouse gas rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An appeals court on Tuesday upheld the first-ever U.S. proposed regulations governing heat-trapping greenhouse gases, handing a setback to major industries like coal-burning utilities and a victory to the Obama administration and environmental groups.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously ruled that the EPA’s finding that carbon dioxide is a public danger and the decision to set limits for emissions from cars and light trucks were “neither arbitrary nor capricious.”

Jun 22, 2012

U.S. extends time for public feedback on fracking rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is extending by 60 days the deadline for the public to comment on a proposal expanding oversight of fracking drilling on federal lands, as both industry and environmental groups seek changes.

The Interior Department unveiled draft regulations in early May that would require companies to get approval before using fracking and to reveal the chemicals they would use in the process after they finish drilling.

Jun 20, 2012

U.S. Interior needs to strengthen fracking rules: lawmakers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Democrats in the House of Representatives urged the Obama administration on Wednesday to expand proposed regulations for fracking for natural gas, saying companies should be required to reveal the chemicals to be used in the process prior to drilling.

Calling the Interior Department’s draft rules for fracking on federal lands “a good first step,” a group of 38 lawmakers called for disclosure of chemicals before and after drilling takes place.

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