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Dec 8, 2011

Republicans tie Keystone pipe to tax cut bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives will include approval of a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline in a payroll tax cut bill, House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday, raising the political stakes on the issue.

The move by House Republicans marked a challenge to President Barack Obama, who has warned he would veto any bill that linked quick approval of TransCanada Corp’s Keystone XL pipeline to extending a tax cut for American workers that is due to expire on December 31.

Dec 8, 2011

EPA says fracking likely polluted Wyoming water

WASHINGTON, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Fluids from a company
employing a drilling technique known as “fracking” likely
polluted an aquifer in Wyoming, the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency said in a draft report that countered
industry claims the technique has never led to water

The EPA said “the best explanation” for the pollution seen
in the deep monitoring wells in Pavillion, Wyoming, is a
release of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, fluids into the
aquifer above the production zone. The pollution includes
benzene, alcohols and glycols, the report said.

Dec 6, 2011

Pipeline deal could open up Alaskan oil reserve

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. agencies have reached an agreement with ConocoPhillips on a plan in Alaska that could let the company be the first to drill for crude and gas in a national oil reserve in the state, the Interior Department said on Monday.

The agreement, which was with the company, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, confirms that construction of a pipeline and bridge over the Colville River to the Alpine development known as CD-5 is acceptable, as long as environmental mitigations and other changes are outlined in the permit application.

Dec 2, 2011

U.S. proposes less costly pollution rule on boilers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. environmental regulator said on Friday it slashed the cost of proposed pollution rules on industrial boilers by $1.5 billion year by allowing some plants to fine tune existing equipment or burn cleaner fuels.

The Environmental Protection Agency, under pressure from Republicans and industrial groups who accuse it of pushing for clean air rules that will cost companies with billions of dollars, has been looking for ways to ease costs and increase flexibility.

Dec 1, 2011

US clean air rules will not harm power grid -DOE

WASHINGTON, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Clean air rules the U.S.
government is slated to impose on power generators over the
next three years will not impair the ability of the grid to
deliver electricity to consumers, the Department of Energy said
in a report on Thursday.

The U.S. Environmental Protection agency is slated to
finalize a rule by Dec. 16 that would slash emissions of
mercury and other toxic gases from coal-fired power plants, one
of a slate of air pollution measures opposed by industry and
Republicans in Congress.

Nov 30, 2011

U.S. moves ahead with rule to cut boiler emissions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it will propose a long-delayed rule this week that aims to slash emissions of mercury, soot and lead from boilers and incinerators, a measure opposed by heavy industry and by Republicans in Congress.

“EPA intends to issue the Boiler MACT rule proposal for public comment on Friday,” an agency spokeswoman said in an email on Wednesday.

Nov 21, 2011

EPA seen delaying CO2 rules on oil refineries

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, struggling with an ambitious agenda on clean air regulations, will likely delay proposing the country’s first ever greenhouse gas limits on oil refineries, sources on both sides of the issue said.

The EPA had been required to propose the rules by mid-December, as part of a court settlement with states and environmental groups.

Nov 16, 2011

U.S. State Deptartment energy office to push natural gas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Encouraging the world’s major energy consumers to take advantage of a global boom in natural gas can help ease growth in oil dependency and climate-changing emissions, the head of a new U.S. State Department office on energy said on Wednesday.

“That is an issue we are addressing very seriously,” Carlos Pascual, who designed and established the State Department’s new Bureau of Energy Resources, told reporters.

Nov 16, 2011

Republicans blast shale drilling rule expansion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans on Wednesday blasted the Obama administration’s plans to expand regulation of the controversial “fracking” drilling practice essential to tapping the nation’s abundant shale oil and gas reserves.

The Interior Department is in the process of updating rules for hydraulic fracturing on public lands and developing a proposal to require disclosure of chemicals used in the drilling technique.

Nov 11, 2011

U.S. puts tricky pipeline decision past 2012 election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Thursday delayed approval of a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline until after the 2012 U.S. election, bowing to pressure from environmentalists and sparing President Barack Obama a damaging split with liberal voters he may need to win reelection.

The decision to explore a new route for TransCanada Corp’s Keystone XL oil pipeline to avoid fragile territory in the Sand Hills of Nebraska dismayed the Canadian government, which had lobbied assiduously for the $7 billion project.

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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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