Industrial Energy Consumers of America called on the Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to rethink its plan to only revoke liquefied natural gas export permits under extreme circumstances, saying the policy would help gas companies at the expense of manufacturing, Platts reports.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The black-and-white photo on the wall of Jennifer Tracey-Carlo's heating oil company shows her father and grandfather standing beside a small fleet of gleaming delivery trucks, offering a glimpse into a time when oil was king and honoring the two men who built the business.
Since taking the top job at America's Natural Gas Alliance six months ago, Marty Durbin has had one goal -- to position gas as the solution to U.S. energy independence and climate change goals.
It's a change for Durbin, the longtime American Petroleum Institute vice president who argued in that position on behalf of major oil and gas companies for more drilling access and less regulation. At ANGA, which represents independent gas companies, he focuses on making sure demand keeps up with the shale-driven natural gas boom -- a job that includes persuading the Obama administration to stay out of the way.
"It all goes back to what the mission of the organization is," Durbin said in an interview with EnergyGuardian. "The members knew they wanted to have ANGA focused, far more strongly, on the demand side of the equation."
The Environmental Protection Agency dismissed a claim from by an advocacy group that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration shut off an air pollution monitor during George Washington Bridge lane closings last year, Politico reports.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and 27 other Senate Democrats will stage an all-nighter on Monday to push lawmakers to accept climate change as a scientific fact, but vulnerable senators will not be participating, The Hill reports.
The Transportation Department and American Association of Railroads have released a list of urban areas where freight trains carrying crude oil will be required to slow down, but some lawmakers are urging for a wider list of areas, National Journal reports.
Despite increased calls for approving liquefied natural gas exports to Ukraine, the process would take years to make any significant influence on Russia's energy influence in the area, Bloomberg reports.
The Edison Electric Institute is lobbying the Obama administration and state governments to limit new restrictions on coal-fired plants and nuclear generators, citing a need to keep electricity prices low during extremely cold weather, Bloomberg reports.
Russian company Rosatom will resume its transportation of nuclear fuel to Europe via Ukraine after transportations were blocked during anti-government protests in January and February, Reuters reports.
Though outdoor activity limits have been lifted since the Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster in 2011, some children in the area suffer from muscular weakness, anger issues and lingering fear of going outside, Reuters reports.
The problems in Ukraine are unlikely to trigger faster action by the Obama administration on natural gas exports, a White House spokesman appeared to indicate Friday, as he noted that supplies in Europe are at higher-than-normal levels because of the mild winter there, according to Reuters.