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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.”

Jan 23, 2013

Majority of senators back Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of more than half the 100-member Senate has urged President Barack Obama to approve the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline project, which would connect Canadian oil sands to refineries in Texas.

“This is about something that Americans want. It’s about energy for this country,” Senator John Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican, told reporters on Wednesday.

Jan 22, 2013

State Department delays Keystone pipeline decision

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration has delayed a decision on TransCanada Corp’s rerouted Keystone XL oil pipeline until after March, even though Nebraska’s governor said on Tuesday he approved a plan for a section of the line.

“We don’t anticipate being able to conclude our own review before the end of the first quarter of this year,” said Victoria Nuland, a spokeswoman at the State Department, which had previously said it would make a decision before the end of March.

Jan 11, 2013

US delays finalizing report linking fracking to water pollution

WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) – The U.S. government is
delaying for 8 months a comment period on a report that offered
the first evidence in decades that fracking for natural gas
contaminates water supplies.

The stall, the third on the 2011 draft report on water in
Wyoming, is the latest example of the federal government
delaying conclusions on whether hydraulic fracturing, or
fracking can lead to pollution in water supplies.

Jan 10, 2013

U.S. State Dept backs rule on foreign payments by firms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The State Department on Thursday waded into the debate over a controversial rule to force energy companies to disclose payments made to foreign governments, saying it “directly advances our foreign policy interests” in curbing corruption.

The so-called “resource extraction” rule, which was adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in August 2012, stems from a requirement in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law.

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