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DC Bar discussion on White Stallion Energy Center v. EPA

Washington, March 26, 2015, 12:00 pm

D.C. Bar hosts discussion on the arguments made for and against the Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards in the White Stallion Energy Center v. EPA case heard by the Supreme Court this week.

GWU symposium on environmental law

Washington, March 27, 2015, 8:30 am

George Washington University Law School's Environmental and Energy Law Program hosts symposium, featuring federal officials, private industry leaders and legal scholars.

House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing on BLM and Forest Service 2016 budgets

Washington, March 26, 2015, 9:30 am

House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources oversight hearing on the proposed 2016 budget and proposals for the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service's energy and mineral programs. BLM Director Neil Kornze and Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell to testify.

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Oil

Crude export ban hurting price of higher quality U.S. oil, study says

A new analysis of the nation’s 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports found that the policy “presents a binding constraint” on the U.S. oil market, creating artificially low prices for lighter, sweeter crudes extracted from shale.

The report, released by Rice University’s James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy, differs from previous studies on the issue, as it examines prices for several varieties of crude oil beyond the benchmark West Texas Intermediate and Brent crude.

The approach allowed the research to analyze the potential economic value of different grades of U.S. crude on an international market, study author Kenneth Medlock said.

Energy secretary reiterates priority of reopening nuke dump

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says his department is committed to reopening the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico.

Moniz made assurances to a Senate subcommittee during a hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C. He says reopening the troubled facility would be done safety, with worker safety in mind.

Oil

Oil gains on Yemen concerns

Oil prices soared Wednesday amid concerns of spreading turmoil in the Middle East, after Saudi Arabia reportedly began amassing troops near its border with strife-torn Yemen. 

Driven weeks ago from the capital by Shiite rebels, President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi abandoned the country entirely, leaving on a boat from the southern port of Aden, Yemeni security officials said. His departure came after air strikes rained down on his troops, while on the ground, the rebels were advancing toward his position.

Benchmark U.S. crude rose $1.70 to close at $49.21 a barrel in New York. 

Complexity of EPA carbon rule highlights importance of communication

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E&E

Communication between various players in industry and government will be key to the success or failure of the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to cut power plant carbon emissions, Northwestern Energy chief Bob Rowe told E&E.

DC leads in energy efficient buildings

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Washington City Paper

For the first time since 2009, when the Environmental Protection Agency started ranking cities by the number of energy efficient commercial buildings they have, Los Angeles has failed to grab the top spot, being ousted by Washington D.C., the Washington City Paper reports.

Oregon probing universities’ solar financing

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The Oregonian

The award of almost $12 million in tax credits for solar installations at two Oregon universities is being investigated by prosecutors in the state, The Oregonian reports.

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Oil

Dems' crude-by-rail safety bill would pull 37,000 tankers from service

Four Senate Democrats proposed Wednesday that many of the railroad cars that carry crude oil be taken out of service immediately, that new cars be required to have electronically-controlled pneumatic brakes, and that there be new rules requiring that crude be made less volatile before shipment.

The proposal would immediately pull about 37,000 tanker cars from service as a "market signal" to get safer tankers manufactured, the senators said. The oil and rail industries were quick to raise doubts about the proposal.

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