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Mar 19, 2015

U.S. oil groups sue EPA over delays in biofuel standard

By Ayesha Rascoe

(Reuters) – The U.S. oil and gas industry has sued the
Environmental Protection Agency over repeated delays in the
release of 2014 and 2015 biofuel use targets, intensifying
pressure on the agency to speed up its work on standards for
renewable fuel.

A complaint filed on Wednesday by the American Fuel and
Petrochemical Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute
said the EPA has “ignored” its duty to issue requirements for
blending ethanol and biodiesel into U.S. fuel supplies by the
deadline set under federal law.

Mar 12, 2015

Exide to close California battery recycling plant to avoid prosecution

WASHINGTON, March 12 (Reuters) – Exide Technologies
has agreed to shutter its lead-acid battery recycling
facility in Vernon, California, and pay $50 million in clean-up
costs to avoid criminal prosecution for illegal storage of
hazardous waste.

As part of a deal reached late Wednesday with the U.S.
Attorney’s Office in California’s central district, Exide also
admitted to storing lead-contaminated hazardous waste inside
leaking van trailers on a number of occasions over the past two

Mar 11, 2015

J.P. Morgan faces suit over power market manipulation claims

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A class action lawsuit has been filed
against J.P. Morgan Chase & Co, the largest U.S. bank by
assets, alleging it engaged in racketeering and manipulation of
California’s electricity market.

The lawsuit, filed in California federal court on Monday,
accuses the firm of violating the Racketeer Influenced and
Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) when it sold power from several
gas plants in the state between 2010 and 2012.

Feb 12, 2015

U.S. ‘clean coal’ project demise shows EPA plan’s weakness: lawyers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government’s move to suspend a trouble-plagued $1.65 billion carbon capture and storage (CCS) project this month may have bolstered legal challenges to proposed environmental regulations on power plant carbon emissions, several legal experts said.

The FutureGen project in Illinois would have been the first U.S. commercial-scale, near-zero emission coal plant to use technologies to capture carbon dioxide from major industrial plants and store it safely underground. This approach could sharply reduce carbon dioxide emissions and curb global warming.

Jan 17, 2015

Farms can be held liable for pollution from manure -U.S. court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. federal court has ruled for
the first time that manure from livestock facilities can be
regulated as solid waste, a decision hailed by environmentalists
as opening the door to potential legal challenges against
facilities across the country.

A large dairy in Washington state, Cow Palace Dairy,
polluted ground water by over applying manure to soil, ruled
Judge Thomas Rice of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern
District of Washington on Wednesday.

Dec 19, 2014

U.S. green groups sue EPA over stormwater regulations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two environmental groups have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for what the groups said was failing to comply with a court order requiring the agency to strengthen regulations preventing pollution from storm water runoff.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) said in a statement that they filed the suit on Thursday in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Dec 18, 2014

Legal standing may be key to Nebraska court’s Keystone XL case

WASHINGTON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – The controversial Keystone
XL pipeline has a major hurdle to cross in the Nebraska State
Supreme Court, which may rule as soon as Friday, and one aspect
of the case there has been somewhat overlooked.

A question of legal standing, or who has the right to bring
a court challenge, could turn out to be pivotal to the Nebraska
case and the overall future of the pipeline, which would connect
Canada’s oil sands to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries.

Dec 10, 2014

U.S. spending bill blocks potential protections for sage-grouse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a victory for oil and gas industry advocates, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the U.S. government most of next year would block the Obama administration from protecting several species of birds found in western states.The proposed compromise spending bill would prohibit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from listing the greater sage-grouse as endangered or threatened and stop the service from working to implement protections for the Gunnison sage-grouse, which the agency listed as threatened last month.

Republicans successfully negotiated a number of policy provisions into the measure, which aims to avoid a government shutdown at midnight on Thursday. It is expected to be put to a House of Representatives vote on Thursday, while Senate passage would follow by a day or two, congressional aides said.

Oct 30, 2014

History of U.S. biofuel mandate provides opening for legal challenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Probable legal challenges to proposed cuts in the 2014 U.S. biofuel mandate could focus on a two-word phrase dropped from the U.S. law establishing the renewable fuel program back in 2005: distribution capacity.

Biofuel producers have argued for months that the Environmental Protection Agency’s justification for potential cuts to 2014 targets is incompatible with federal law and that the legislative history of the mandate will prove this.

Oct 29, 2014

U.S. natgas exports would raise energy prices but boost economy -EIA

WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Expanded U.S. liquefied
natural gas exports would mean a modest price increase for
domestic consumers, but those higher costs would be outweighed
by a boost to the economy, the U.S. Energy Information
Administration said on Wednesday.

Residential natural gas prices would likely be 5 percent
higher than otherwise would be the case between 2015 and 2040 if
U.S. LNG exports rose to 20 billion cubic feet per day, said the
EIA report.

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