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Mar 1, 2013

US State Dept gives boost to Keystone pipeline in review

WASHINGTON, March 1 (Reuters) – The Keystone XL oil pipeline
got a boost on Friday when the U.S. State Department said the
project would not likely change the rate at which Canada’s oil
sands are produced, discounting fears it would be responsible
for additional greenhouse gas emissions.

TransCanada Corp’s proposed project is “unlikely to
have a substantial impact” on the development of Alberta’s oil
sands, the world’s third richest oil deposit, the Department
said in a long-awaited report of more than 2,000 pages.

Feb 26, 2013

South Korea firm had U.S. contract while investing in Iran gas: GAO

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A South Korean construction company reported to have recently engaged in Iran’s energy sector had a contract with the U.S. government even as Tehran came under pressure for its disputed nuclear program, a U.S. government watchdog said on Monday.

Daelim Industrial Co had a nearly $1.5 million U.S. government contract to build family housing at a military base in South Korea at some point between mid-2011 and late 2012, the General Accountability Office said in a report on Monday. The GAO is the investigative arm of Congress.

Feb 21, 2013

U.S. oil, food groups petition Supreme Court over ethanol blend

WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (Reuters) – U.S. oil and food groups
petitioned the Supreme Court on Thursday to reverse a lower
court’s decision upholding the use of higher ethanol blends in
cars, another step in their struggling effort to put limits on
use of the renewable fuel.

The U.S. ethanol industry, which mostly makes fuel from
corn, has pushed for E15, which contains 15 percent ethanol, up
from the traditional blend containing 10 percent. They rejoiced
when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2011
expanded use of E15 to cars built in 2006 and before.

Feb 7, 2013

Sanctions hurting Iran’s access to capital: U.S. report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Western sanctions targeting Iran’s nuclear program contributed to a steep drop in Tehran’s access to global sources of capital last year, the U.S. Treasury Department said in a report to Congress.

Foreign banks cut their lending exposure to Iran by the equivalent of $9.1 billion in 2012, down 53 percent, said the report, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters on Thursday.

Feb 6, 2013

U.S. sanctions Iranian broadcasters, locks up oil revenues

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Wednesday it had sanctioned Iran’s main agency in charge of broadcasting for helping the government censor Western reports, part of a broader effort by Washington to pressure Tehran’s nuclear program.

The U.S. Treasury Department also said sanctions that shackle Iran’s oil earnings took effect, as scheduled, on Wednesday. Iran’s earnings now have to be credited to accounts in countries that buy Iranian crude.

Feb 6, 2013

U.S. sanctions Iranian broadcasters, citing censorship

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Wednesday it has sanctioned state-sponsored broadcasters in Iran for helping the government censor its opposition, part of a broader U.S. effort to pressure Teheran over its nuclear program.

The Treasury Department named the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, its director, Ezzatollah Zarghami, and others as subject to sanctions that effectively block their access to the U.S. financial system.

Feb 4, 2013

Energy Department hacked, says no classified data was compromised

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Department of Energy’s electronics network was attacked by hackers in mid-January but no classified data was compromised, the agency said in a letter to employees.

The attack “resulted in the unauthorized disclosure of employee and contractor Personally Identifiable Information,” the Energy Department said in the letter, which was received by employees at its headquarters in Washington late on Friday and obtained by Reuters on Monday.

Feb 4, 2013

US Energy Dept hacked, says no classified data was compromised

WASHINGTON, Feb 4 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of
Energy’s electronics network was attacked by hackers in
mid-January but no classified data was compromised, the agency
said in a letter to employees.

The attack “resulted in the unauthorized disclosure of
employee and contractor Personally Identifiable Information,”
the Energy Department said in the letter, which was received by
employees at its headquarters in Washington late on Friday and
obtained by Reuters on Monday.

Feb 1, 2013

Chu praises Gregoire, possible choice for Obama energy team

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu resigned on Friday, he singled out for praise a former governor who has worked to clean up nuclear waste, a move that raised Christine Gregoires’ profile as a possibility for the Obama administration’s energy and climate team.

Chu lauded Gregoire, a Democrat who served as governor of Washington state from 2005 until mid-January and is long-time backer of President Barack Obama.

Jan 31, 2013

Keystone pipeline decision to languish until mid-June-US source

WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s
decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will not be made until
at least June, a U.S. official said, which would delay the
project for months and frustrate backers of Canada’s oil sands.

“We’re talking the beginning of summer at the earliest,”
said the source, who did not want to be identified due to the
sensitive nature of the TransCanada Corp project, which
has been pending for more than four and a half years. “It’s not
weeks until the final decision. It’s months.”

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