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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.

Jan 10, 2013

Shell may have moved rig to avoid taxes – US lawmaker

ANCHORAGE, Alaska/WASHINGTON, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Shell may
have moved an oil rig that ran aground off Alaska last week
partly to avoid millions of dollars in taxes, U.S.
Representative Ed Markey said, raising even more questions about
the oil company’s decision on the timing of the move.

The letter from the top Democrat on the House of
Representatives Natural Resources Committee adds to the
already-intense political scrutiny of Royal Dutch Shell’s
ambitious and troubled Arctic drilling foray last year.

Jan 9, 2013

Analysis – Next U.S. energy chief to take agency back to its roots

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The next head of the U.S. Department of Energy is likely to guide the agency through a fundamental shift: easing up on a push to commercialize renewable energy and instead focusing on the surprising domestic oil and gas boom and management of U.S. nuclear security.

President Barack Obama is widely believed to be considering candidates to replace Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the Nobel Prize winning physicist who managed an ill-fated $40-billion effort to promote the green economy with loans and grants to solar, wind and biofuel companies.

Jan 9, 2013

Analysis: Next energy chief to take agency back to its roots

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The next head of the Department of Energy is likely to guide the agency through a fundamental shift: easing up on a push to commercialize renewable energy and instead focusing on the surprising domestic oil and gas boom and management of U.S. nuclear security.

President Barack Obama is widely believed to be considering candidates to replace Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the Nobel Prize winning physicist who managed an ill-fated $40-billion effort to promote the green economy with loans and grants to solar, wind and biofuel companies.

Jan 9, 2013

Next U.S. energy chief to take agency back to its roots

WASHINGTON, Jan 9 (Reuters) – The next head of the U.S.
Department of Energy is likely to guide the agency through a
fundamental shift: easing up on a push to commercialize
renewable energy and instead focusing on the surprising domestic
oil and gas boom and management of U.S. nuclear security.

President Barack Obama is widely believed to be considering
candidates to replace Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the Nobel
Prize winning physicist who managed an ill-fated $40-billion
effort to promote the green economy with loans and grants to
solar, wind and biofuel companies.

Jan 8, 2013

US uranium complex changes management after activists break in

WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) – The U.S. government has named
a new group to manage security at a site where it processes and
stores enriched uranium after anti-nuclear activists, including
an 82-year old nun, broke into the site in 2012.

The National Nuclear Security Administration said on Tuesday
it has chosen Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC to manage and
operate the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge,
Tennessee, where the breach occurred last July, as well as the
Plantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas.

Jan 4, 2013

Nebraska environment report favors revised Keystone XL pipe plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline received a boost on Friday when Nebraska regulators said its proposed new route would avoid many of the ecologically-sensitive areas that led the U.S. government to block it last year.

The new route for the $5.3 billion Alberta-to-Nebraska pipeline, backed by TransCanada Corp, would avoid the ecologically sensitive Sand Hills region but would still cross part of the massive Ogallala aquifer, the Nebraska environment regulator said.

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