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Oct 10, 2013

U.S. gov’t shutdown could delay Keystone XL pipeline decision

WASHINGTON, Oct 10 (Reuters) – The U.S. government shutdown
is making it harder for the State Department to review the
Keystone XL pipeline permit process, a State Department official
said on Thursday, which could delay President Barack Obama’s
decision on the project.

The State Department – which is in charge of the pipeline
permit process because Keystone XL would cross the national
border – had been expected to issue a final environmental review
in mid-October for TransCanada Corp’s pipeline that
would help link Canada’s oil sands to refineries in Texas.

Oct 10, 2013

U.S. government shutdown could delay Keystone XL pipeline review

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government shutdown could delay President Barack Obama’s decision on the Keystone XL pipeline that would help link Canada’s oil sands to refineries in Texas, a State Department official said on Thursday.

The State Department, which is in charge of the pipeline permit process because Keystone XL would cross the national border, had been expected to issue a final environmental review of TransCanada Corp’s pipeline in mid-October.

Oct 3, 2013

U.S. hints Iran could get some sanctions relief if takes steps

WASHINGTON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – WASHINGTON, Oct 3
(Reuters) – The United States held out the possibility on
Thursday of giving Iran some short-term sanctions relief in
return for concrete steps to slow uranium enrichment and shed
light on its nuclear program.

Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, the lead U.S.
negotiator with Iran, also urged lawmakers to hold off imposing
additional sanctions against Iran before Oct. 15-16 when six
major powers – Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the
United States – will meet Iranian officials to negotiate over
Tehran’s nuclear program.

Oct 3, 2013

U.S. looks for Iran to slow uranium enrichment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is looking for Iran to take specific steps to slow its uranium enrichment and to open a wider window into its nuclear program, a top U.S. official said on Thursday ahead of October 15-16 negotiations with Tehran.

Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, the lead U.S. negotiator with Iran, also urged U.S. lawmakers to hold off on imposing additional sanctions against Iran ahead of the talks.

Oct 1, 2013

Iran sanctions in U.S. Senate delayed before Geneva talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Under pressure not to squeeze Iran too hard, the U.S. Senate is unlikely to impose a fresh round of sanctions on the Islamic Republic until after Tehran holds nuclear talks with world powers later this month, lawmakers and congressional aides said.

The Senate Banking Committee had been due in September to look at a new package of sanctions passed in July by the House of Representatives, but now it will not do so for at least a few more weeks, an aide said.

Sep 18, 2013

Obama’s energy, EPA chiefs say climate plan won’t kill coal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New rules limiting emissions from U.S. power plants that are expected to be proposed on Friday will “provide certainty” to the coal industry, environment and energy chiefs told lawmakers anxious about the fuel’s future.

“We believe coal will continue to represent a significant portion of the energy supply in the decades to come,” Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy told the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce on Wednesday.

Sep 18, 2013

Harsher U.S. sanctions on Iran oil sales may have little effect

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress could soon pass a bill to further squeeze Iran’s oil exports – and its nuclear program – but new sanctions may fail to cut the country’s crude sales much more than existing ones already have.

The Senate Banking Committee this month is expected to begin debating its version of a package of sanctions that easily passed in the House of Representatives in late July. The House bill would cut Iran’s exports to global customers by an additional 1 million barrels per day in a year, on top of U.S. and European Union sanctions that have about halved Tehran’s oil sales since 2011.

Sep 17, 2013

Analysis: Harsher U.S. sanctions on Iran oil sales may have little effect

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress could soon pass a bill to further squeeze Iran’s oil exports – and its nuclear program – but new sanctions may fail to cut the country’s crude sales much more than existing ones already have.

The Senate Banking Committee this month is expected to begin debating its version of a package of sanctions that easily passed in the House of Representatives in late July. The House bill would cut Iran’s exports to global customers by an additional 1 million barrels per day in a year, on top of U.S. and European Union sanctions that have about halved Tehran’s oil sales since 2011.

Sep 10, 2013

U.S. decision on Keystone XL pipeline likely to slip into 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the State Department drags out the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, it is more likely President Barack Obama’s final decision on the project to help link Canada’s oil sands to U.S. refineries will slip into 2014, experts said.

The department has yet to finalize a controversial environmental review of more than 2,000 pages it issued on March 1 that it had been expected to complete by mid-summer. Instead, the department is reviewing and publishing in batches the more than 1.5 million public comments it received on the review. The first batch of comments was posted on May 23; the most recent batch went up about a week ago.

Aug 30, 2013

Iran’s oil revenues drop 58 percent since 2011 as sanctions bite: U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iran’s monthly revenues from oil sales have dropped 58 percent since just before the United States imposed harsher sanctions on the country in 2011 because of Tehran’s disputed nuclear program, a senior U.S. official said.

The OPEC member’s monthly crude oil revenues averaged an estimated $3.4 billion in the first half of this year, down from $6.3 billion in the year ago period, and $8 billion from the first half of 2011, said the source, who did not want to be named due to the sensitive nature of policy on sanctions.

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