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Feb 3, 2012

US to require disclosure of fracking fluids on public land

WASHINGTON, Feb 3 (Reuters) – The U.S. government will
require natural gas drillers to disclose which chemicals they
use in hydraulic fracturing on public lands, according to draft
rules crafted by the Interior Department.

President Barack Obama pledged in the State of the Union
address last week that the government would develop a road map
for responsible natural gas production and roll out new rules to
ensure drillers protect the environment.

Feb 3, 2012

Bill would block export of Keystone fuels

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats unveiled legislation on Friday that would block export of any oil transported by the Keystone XL pipeline, as they challenged claims that the delayed project would boost U.S. energy security.

TransCanada’s $7 billion Keystone pipeline has become a political lightning rod this election year, with Republicans arguing that the pipeline will provide a critical link to Canada’s vast oil sands crude and lessen U.S. dependence on oil from more hostile regimes.

Feb 2, 2012

Senators aim to deny SPR oil to firms over Iran trade

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Foreign companies that trade oil with Iran should be banned from buying oil from U.S. emergency reserves, a group of 17 U.S. senators said on Thursday, unveiling a bill that would build on a raft of new sanctions that aim to constrict Tehran’s oil revenues.

The bill was sparked by concerns from lawmakers about sales of oil from the U.S. strategic petroleum reserve to Vitol and Trafigura last year, part of an international draw-down of emergency stockpiles after unrest in Libya sent oil prices soaring.

Feb 2, 2012

Key Senate Republican says drilling bill faces hurdles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top Republican on the Senate energy committee on Thursday acknowledged passing legislation to boost domestic energy production will be a tough task this year, even as Republicans maneuver to keep the focus on energy issues ahead of the November elections.

Senator Lisa Murkowski, however, said she was hopeful that Congress would make some progress on opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR, to drilling this year.

Feb 1, 2012

Filmmaker arrested during House hearing on shale gas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The director of a documentary that portrays shale gas production as dangerous was arrested and escorted out of a Republican-dominated Congressional hearing on Wednesday, touching off a dispute over public access to the hearing.

Capitol Police handcuffed Josh Fox, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland, and led him out of a House science committee room after he refused to stop filming.

Jan 26, 2012

U.S. needs long-term site for nuclear waste: panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States must urgently work to find a new central site to house its spent nuclear fuel and probe whether Japan’s nuclear disaster has any safety implications for storage at the country’s plants, a federal panel said on Thursday.

The U.S. government has struggled with how to manage the 65,000 tons of radioactive waste produced by its nuclear reactors over decades and stored throughout the country.

Jan 26, 2012

Obama to propose tax credit for natgas trucks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday will propose a tax break for commercial trucks that run on natural gas, building on his promise to support U.S. shale gas development, senior administration officials said.

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Obama acknowledged the nation’s booming natural gas sector, which has grown dramatically in recent years as advances in technology have unlocked vast reserves of shale oil and gas.

Jan 25, 2012

Obama backs natgas drilling, but offers little new

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged support for the nation’s shale gas boom, but reiterated that government must focus on safe development of the energy resource.

In his State of the Union address, Obama called for government to develop a roadmap for responsible shale gas production and said his administration would move forward with “common-sense” new rules to make sure drillers protect the public.

Jan 24, 2012

Obama to tout natural gas benefits in State of Union

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will encourage the country’s booming natural gas output in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, while defending his administration’s energy record, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Obama was expected to devote a significant portion of his speech slated for 9 p.m. EST Tuesday calling for a “new era for American energy,” which will include promoting domestic natural gas production, according to documents provided to Democratic party sources.

Jan 23, 2012

U.S. oil production to surge on shale output: EIA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A boom in shale oil production will raise U.S. domestic crude output by a fifth over the next decade, helping to slash the country’s dependence on foreign oil imports, the Energy Information Administration said on Monday.

Growing shale production as well as Gulf of Mexico development will push U.S. crude oil production to 6.7 million barrels per day in 2020, up 20 percent and 11 percent higher than the previous forecast, the EIA said in its annual domestic energy outlook.

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