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Jun 20, 2013

EPA ends probe of Wyoming water pollution linked to fracking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Thursday dropped plans to further investigate preliminary federal findings that linked contamination of a Wyoming aquifer to natural gas drilling, following industry backlash that called the study into question.

The draft report released by the Environmental Protection Agency in late 2011 sent shockwaves through the oil and gas sector, by finding that hydraulic fracturing fluids used in shale gas drilling had likely contaminated groundwater in Pavillion, Wyoming.

Jun 18, 2013

Analysis: Companies may turn to courts on U.S. natural gas export push

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. companies hoping to export natural gas are frustrated by lengthy delays and rule changes as they await U.S. Department of Energy approval of their applications and may turn to the courts to speed up the process.

Both the slow pace of decisions on applications to ship U.S. liquefied natural gas abroad and the process for making those decisions could be challenged, legal sources say.

Jun 18, 2013

Companies may turn to courts on U.S. natural gas export push

WASHINGTON, June 18 (Reuters) – U.S. companies hoping to
export natural gas are frustrated by lengthy delays and rule
changes as they await U.S. Department of Energy approval of
their applications and may turn to the courts to speed up the
process.

Both the slow pace of decisions on applications to ship U.S.
liquefied natural gas abroad and the process for making those
decisions could be challenged, legal sources say.

Jun 13, 2013

Exxon CEO says delays in gas export permits hurt U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Delays in approval of more natural gas export projects are costing U.S. companies millions of dollars a day and giving a leg up to rival countries also looking to boost exports, the chief of Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Thursday.

The comments by Exxon’s Rex Tillerson came hours after new U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told lawmakers he hopes to “expeditiously” begin evaluating the more than a dozen applications awaiting approval to export liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Jun 5, 2013

EPA wary U.S. ethanol market could hit limits in 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Environmental Protection Agency is monitoring the U.S. ethanol market to see if refiners will be able to comply with a mandated increase in targets for biofuel use in 2014, an EPA official told lawmakers on Wednesday.

The market for credits purchased by refiners to comply with the federal biofuel mandate has been unstable for several months as the United States nears the point where the law will require the use of more ethanol than can be physically blended into the fuel supply at the current level of 10 percent per gallon.

May 21, 2013

US Energy Dept’s gas export review process faces scrutiny

WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. government’s review
process for liquefied natural gas export proposals needs to be
re-evaluated, the head of the Senate Energy and Natural
Resources committee said on Tuesday.

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, a skeptic of
unlimited gas exports and chairman of the committee, noted the
landscape for energy had changed in the United States and the
country was now positioned to be a major player in the
international gas market.

May 17, 2013

U.S. approves second terminal to export natural gas

WASHINGTON, May 17 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on
Friday approved a second U.S. terminal to export liquefied
natural gas (LNG) to non-free trade agreement countries, further
expanding the nation’s role in international gas trade.

The approval of natural gas exports from Freeport LNG’s
Quintana Island, Texas, terminal ends nearly a two-year pause in
the Energy Department’s review of export applications, as the
administration sought to address concerns that sending U.S. gas
abroad could harm U.S. manufacturers.

May 16, 2013

New US fracking rules attempt to placate opposing camps

WASHINGTON, May 16 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on
Thursday unveiled a new proposal for regulating hydraulic
fracturing on federal lands, seeking to advance public safety
protections while still addressing concerns the rules would be
too burdensome for producers.

The U.S. Interior Department scrapped a proposal from 2012
after facing heat from green groups and the drilling industry
over rules aimed at updating decades-old fracking regulations.

May 7, 2013

U.S. Interior says not bowing to outside groups on fracking regs

WASHINGTON, May 7 (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s
second attempt at writing regulations for hydraulic fracturing
on public lands is not intended to appease either
environmentalists or oil and gas drillers, Interior Secretary
Sally Jewell said on Tuesday.

Jewell told lawmakers at a Senate Appropriations
subcommittee hearing that the department was “very close” to
unveiling the rules and reiterated a recent comment that the
rules would be out in “weeks, not months.”

Apr 30, 2013

US Senate panel to probe Texas fertilizer plant explosion

WASHINGTON, April 30 (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
said on Tuesday she plans to investigate the explosion at a
Texas fertilizer plant earlier this month that killed 15 people
and injured scores more.

California’s Boxer, the head of the Senate Environment and
Public Works Committee, said the panel will hold a hearing “in
the near future” on the disaster and will probe whether there
are any gaps in the enforcement of U.S. chemical safety laws.

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