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Apr 23, 2013

US environment regulator slams Keystone pipeline review

WASHINGTON, April 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. environment
regulator on Monday said the State Department must take a harder
look at climate and other impacts of the Canada-to-Texas
Keystone XL oil sands pipeline before the Obama administration
issues a final decision on the project.

The Environmental Protection Agency rated the State
Department’s 2,000-page March 1 draft review of the TransCanada
Corp pipeline project as “insufficient,” in a letter to
department officials as a public comment period ended on Monday.

Apr 12, 2013

U.S. targets companies accused of evading Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday slapped financial penalties on an Iranian businessman, a Malaysian bank and a network of companies it accused of attempting to evade international sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program through money laundering.

The Treasury Department blacklisted Babak Zanjani and First Islamic Investment Bank for providing financial and other support to the National Iranian Oil Company.

Apr 11, 2013

U.S. targets web of companies accused of evading Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury Department said on Thursday it has imposed sanctions on an Iranian businessman, a Malaysian bank and a network of companies it accused of attempting to evade international sanctions on Iran through money laundering.

The department blacklisted Babak Zanjani, the businessman, and First Islamic Investment Bank for providing financial and other support to the National Iranian Oil Company.

Apr 9, 2013

Alberta premier takes U.S. Canadian crude accidents in stride

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A pair of recent accidents that spilled Canadian crude oil in the United States is part of doing business in the energy industry and should not prevent the Keystone XL pipeline from moving forward, Alberta’s premier said on Tuesday.

“We have to be honest about the fact that if we do have energy development, there is the risk of really unfortunate incidents,” Alison Redford, whose province is home to Canada’s oil sands, said during a panel at the Brookings Institution.

Apr 8, 2013

Greens ask U.S. to delay Keystone decision after Arkansas leak

WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) – Environmental groups on
Monday asked the Obama administration to extend the approval
process of the Keystone XL pipeline, using last month’s spill of
heavy Canadian crude oil in Arkansas as their latest reason to
delay the project.

The Obama administration is deciding whether to approve the
Canada-to-Nebraska leg of TransCanada Corp’s proposed
pipeline, which would link Canada’s oil sands, the world’s third
richest crude oil deposit, to refineries in Texas.

Apr 3, 2013

U.S. proposal to move fracking wastewater by barge stirs debate

WASHINGTON, April 3 (Reuters) – The Obama administration is
inching ahead with a plan that would allow wastewater from
fracking to be shipped on barges, fueling a debate whether it is
safer than other transportation modes or risks polluting
drinking water.

The Coast Guard last month quietly sent to the White House’s
Office of Management and Budget a proposal to allow the barging
of fracking wastewater. If the plan is pushed forward, it would
become a proposed rule open for public comment and could be
finalized sometime in the near future.

Mar 29, 2013

EPA to propose rules slashing unhealthy emissions from cars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration will propose on Friday long-awaited rules to slash smog-forming emissions from gasoline that have been linked to lung and heart ailments, health groups and an environmental regulator source said on Thursday.

The Environmental Protection Agency will propose the so-called Tier 3 rules that will require refiners to reduce the sulfur content of gasoline to 10 parts per million by 2017 from the current standard of 30 ppm, an agency source said on condition of anonymity.

Mar 28, 2013

Obama administration to propose rules slashing health-harming emissions from cars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration will propose on Friday long-awaited rules to slash smog-forming emissions from gasoline that have been linked to lung and heart ailments, health groups and a lawmaker briefed on the matter said on Thursday.

The so-called Tier 3 rules to be proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency will require refiners to reduce the sulfur content of gasoline to 10 parts per million from the current 30 ppm standard.

Mar 28, 2013

US to propose rules slashing health-harming emissions from cars

WASHINGTON, March 28 (Reuters) – The Obama administration
will propose on Friday long-awaited rules to slash smog-forming
emissions from gasoline that have been linked to lung and heart
ailments, health groups and a lawmaker briefed on the matter
said on Thursday.

The so-called Tier 3 rules to be proposed by the
Environmental Protection Agency will require refiners to reduce
the sulfur content of gasoline to 10 parts per million from the
current 30 ppm standard.

Mar 23, 2013

US Senate budget plan embraces Keystone XL approval

WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) – The Senate easily passed on
Friday a symbolic measure approving the Canada to Texas Keystone
XL oil pipeline, a move backers said showed strong support for a
bill that would give Congress power to green light the project
later in the year.

The amendment to the budget plan, sponsored by Senator John
Hoeven, a Republican from North Dakota, passed 62 to 37.

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      "I cover U.S. energy and environment policy and climate change. Moved to DC in late 2009 after a decade in New York. Author of "Diminishing Resources:Oil," which is one in a series of books for young adults."
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