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Jan 7, 2012

Government, Exxon reach deal on disputed Gulf leases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp and the government struck a deal on Friday that would allow the company to move ahead with development of a field in the Gulf of Mexico estimated to yield tens of billions of dollars of oil.

Exxon sued the government last year after the Interior Department canceled three of five leases for what is called the Julia field.

Jan 7, 2012

US govt, Exxon reach deal on disputed Gulf leases

WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp and the
U.S. government struck a deal on Friday that would allow the
company to move ahead with development of a field in the Gulf of
Mexico estimated to yield tens of billions of dollars of oil.

Exxon sued the government last year after the Interior
Department canceled three of five leases for what is called the
Julia field.

Jan 5, 2012

Contest seeks world’s most energy-efficient TV

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A competition to identify the world’s most energy efficient flat screen televisions will kick off on Friday, with the U.S. Energy Department and other governments sponsoring a race to cut down on home electricity use.

The contest, part of an international initiative to promote “super-efficient” products, will award up to 20 Global Efficiency Medals to the most efficient televisions from four different regions: Australia, the European Union, India and North America.

Jan 4, 2012

Obama faces political heat if Keystone rejected: API

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the top oil and gas lobbying group said on Wednesday that the Obama administration will face serious political consequences if it rejects a Canada-to-Texas oil sands pipeline that has been opposed by environmental groups.

Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, said TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline would definitely play a role in this year’s national elections.

Dec 27, 2011

Analysis: Green groups find success fighting shale oil boom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A resurgent green movement is launching a multi-pronged counter-attack against the shale oil and gas boom in the United States that could slow, though ultimately not stop, development.

Building upon their unexpected success in the battle against the Keystone XL pipeline, a renewed onslaught from environmentalists is putting the shale industry on the defensive while adding to costs, limiting expansion and potentially scuttling major projects.

Dec 21, 2011

U.S. rolls out tough rules on coal plant pollution

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Wednesday unveiled the first-ever standards to slash mercury emissions from coal-fired plants, a move aimed at protecting public health that critics say will kill jobs as plants shut down.

Facing fierce opposition from industry groups and lawmakers from coal-intensive states, the Environmental Protection Agency said the benefits of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or MATS, will greatly outweigh the costs.

Dec 20, 2011

U.S. reviewing Google-backed power line

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Interior Department on Tuesday said it hopes to make a decision on the location of a Google-backed offshore transmission line in the next few months, pledging that the project would not face the bureaucratic delays that plagued previous offshore renewable energy projects.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said companies backing offshore projects in the past often never knew whether they would receive the right to develop their proposal.

Dec 20, 2011

Government reviewing Google-backed power line

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Interior Department on Tuesday said it hopes to make a decision on the location of a Google-backed offshore transmission line in the next few months, pledging that the project would not face the bureaucratic delays that plagued previous offshore renewable energy projects.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said companies backing offshore projects in the past often never knew whether they would receive the right to develop their proposal.

Dec 14, 2011

U.S. Offshore drillers need new safety approach: panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. offshore oil and gas drillers need to take a more systematic approach to safety in all aspects of their operations to prevent another catastrophe like last year’s massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a scientific panel said on Wednesday.

The National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council said in a report that it was a lack of comprehensive safety management that led to the 2010 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig that killed 11 workers.

Dec 13, 2011

U.S. green groups challenge offshore oil lease sale

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. environmental groups on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging the Interior Department’s first offshore lease sale since last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill, saying the department has done too little to prevent another disaster.

The department has received bids to develop more than a million acres offered in the western Gulf lease sale on Wednesday, but the groups said the offshore regulator has yet to apply lessons from the nation’s largest offshore oil spill.

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