JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Following an intensive amendment process that began last week, the House Resources Committee on Wednesday passed out its rewrite of a bill aimed at advancing a major liquefied natural gas project.
The committee considered dozens of proposed amendments and debated many of them at length — even some that were ultimately withdrawn — over the course of several days.
Co-chair Dan Saddler, R-Eagle River, said he thought Alaskans could take comfort that the committee did "good, hard work." Rep. Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, said she thought the bill was fair to all concerned.
A bill to fast-track exports of natural gas, sponsored by Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., has advanced through a House panel and will move on to the full Energy and Commerce Committee, which could take up the measure before the end of the month, FuelFix reports.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin turned up the heat on Ukraine on Wednesday by threatening to demand advance payment for gas supplies, a move designed to exert economic pressure as Ukraine confronts possible bankruptcy, a mutiny by pro-Russian separatists in the east and a Russian military buildup across the border.
NATO's top commander in Europe warned that the alliance could respond to the Russian military threat against Ukraine by deploying U.S. troops to Eastern Europe, but Putin's latest tactics suggest he may be aiming to secure Russia's clout with its neighbor without invading.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden has discussed the crisis in Ukraine with the leaders of Montenegro and Slovakia.
Biden met at the White House on Tuesday with Montenegro's prime minister, Milo Djukanovic. The White House said Biden and Djukanovic discussed the situation in the Balkans as well as Russia's pressure on Ukraine.
Biden praised Montenegro for making progress toward joining NATO and said the U.S. supports Montenegro's aspirations to form closer ties with Europe.
Officials from Gazprom were in Brussels Tuesday for talks about a proposed South Stream pipeline which would bring Russian gas directly into Europe, bypassing Ukraine, even though political discussions about the project were frozen after the annexation of Crimea, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Some lawmakers in Alaska's legislature are expressing dissatisfaction with the role pipeline company TransCanada would play in the proposal to build a major natural gas facility in the state, E&E reports.
North Dakota lawmakers, including Sen. Heidi Keitkamp, D-N.D. and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., were among those launching criticism at the Obama administration for delaying a decision on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, the Williston Herald reports
China, the world’s largest investor in renewables, will continue to boost spending on solar and wind projects as well as starting construction on some nuclear power plants, Premier Li Keqiang said in a website posting, Bloomberg reports.
The decision by Minnesota regulators to back Geronimo Energy’s $250 million proposal for a solar project is the latest example of how the company, which didn’t exist 10 years ago, is continuing to grow, the Star-Tribune reports.
The company behind the proposed $2 billion Rock Island Clean Line, the transmission line which would bring 3,500 megawatts of wind energy from Iowa to Illinois, claims the project could bring Chicago residents electricity savings, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Suncor Energy, one of several Canadian companies that backs the Keystone XL pipeline project, said over the weekend that one of its employees died after being hurt at an oil sands site, The Globe and Mail reports.