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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.

Dec 21, 2012

Kerry to face climate test at State Dept but not Keystone

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator John Kerry’s commitment to tackling global warming will face several tests if he takes over as secretary of state but stopping an issue that has become a top environmental focus – the Keystone XL pipeline – will likely not be among them.

President Barack Obama nominated Kerry on Friday for Hillary Clinton’s job and the senator is expected to win swift Senate confirmation.

Dec 21, 2012

U.S. issues framework on study on fracking and water

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration issued the framework on Friday of a long-term study on whether fracking for natural gas pollutes drinking water, but will not make conclusions until 2014 about the controversial technique that is helping to fuel a domestic drilling boom.

Critics of the Environmental Protection Agency study, called for by Congress in 2010, complain it does not closely examine the impact of drillers’ injecting waste water deep underground, a practice that has been linked to small earthquakes.

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