Ayesha's Feed
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.

Dec 7, 2011

BP faces more citations, Halliburton responds

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) – BP was hit with five
more safety citations from the U.S. government on Wednesday,
while it also received the latest legal salvo from a major
contractor, as it continues to deal with fallout from last
year’s massive oil blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

The explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig in April 2010,
which killed 11 workers and spewed more than 4 million barrels
of oil into the Gulf, has sparked a slew of lawsuits and
federal citations against the companies involved.

Dec 7, 2011

BP faces more citations, Halliburton dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – BP was hit with five more safety citations from the U.S. government on Wednesday, while it also received the latest legal salvo from a major contractor, as it continues to deal with fallout from last year’s massive oil blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

The explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig in April 2010, which killed 11 workers and spewed more than 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf, has sparked a slew of lawsuits and federal citations against the companies involved.

Dec 7, 2011

U.S. cites BP 5 more times for Gulf spill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. offshore drilling safety agency on Wednesday issued five more citations against BP for its oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year.

The new citations come on top of seven “incidents of noncompliance” that the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement doled out in October to BP for its role in the 2010 drilling disaster that killed 11 workers and spewed more than 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf.

Nov 18, 2011

Analysis: Energy Secretary Chu likely to survive Solyndra

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Energy Secretary Steven Chu is taking the heat for government decisions on Solyndra, but he is unlikely to take the fall for taxpayer losses on a $535 million loan guarantee to the failed solar company.

Chu will likely keep his job, unless damning new details come to light in several parallel investigations into Solyndra.

Nov 17, 2011

Chu grilled by Republicans on Solyndra loan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Energy Secretary Steven Chu staunchly defended decisions he made on Solyndra on Thursday as he came under a withering attack from Republicans during a grueling, media-packed hearing that lasted about five hours.

The now-bankrupt solar panel maker, beneficiary of more than $500 million in government funding, was once held up by President Barack Obama, Chu and other top administration officials as a model of how they wanted to promote green energy and spur job growth.

Nov 16, 2011

Republicans blast shale drilling rule expansion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans on Wednesday blasted the Obama administration’s plans to expand regulation of the controversial “fracking” drilling practice essential to tapping the nation’s abundant shale oil and gas reserves.

The Interior Department is in the process of updating rules for hydraulic fracturing on public lands and developing a proposal to require disclosure of chemicals used in the drilling technique.

Nov 16, 2011

Analysis: Energy Secretary Chu faces showdown on Solyndra

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Energy Secretary Steven Chu has said it may take similar skills to navigate Washington politics as it does to make advances in physics research, a field in which he won a Nobel Prize in 1997.

“You have to keep your wits about you, you have to dispassionately analyze what’s the best path to go forward,” Chu said this month at a Washington Post energy conference. “Breakthroughs will happen, setbacks will happen. You use those breakthroughs to work around those setbacks to go forward.”

Nov 16, 2011

US Energy Secy Chu faces showdown on Solyndra

WASHINGTON, Nov 16 (Reuters) – U.S. Energy Secretary Steven
Chu has said it may take similar skills to navigate Washington
politics as it does to make advances in physics research, a
field in which he won a Nobel Prize in 1997.

“You have to keep your wits about you, you have to
dispassionately analyze what’s the best path to go forward,”
Chu said this month at a Washington Post energy conference.
“Breakthroughs will happen, setbacks will happen. You use those
breakthroughs to work around those setbacks to go forward.”

Nov 15, 2011

Companies cited by EPA for fake biofuel credits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Energy and financial companies caught up in a scheme involving fraudulent renewable energy credits could now face civil fines from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA has issued 24 notices of violation to more than a dozen companies, including units of Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil and Morgan Stanley, for the use of invalid renewable identification numbers, or RINs, according to the EPA website.

    • About Ayesha

      "A Howard University graduate, I began my career at Reuters as an intern covering hotels and airlines in New York. I now work in Washington D.C. covering energy policy and regulations."
    • Follow Ayesha