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Divergent views on exporting gas through Chesapeake Bay

LUSBY, Md. (AP) — Dominion Resources' proposal to build a liquefied natural gas export facility is dividing residents of the quiet town of Lusby on the Chesapeake Bay.

Some, like longtime resident Tracey Eno are worried about increased air pollution.

"That can't be good for me. I mean that's just common sense," said Eno, 44, who lives 1½ miles from the site. "Is that going to show up as asthma? Lung cancer?

House Small Business subcommittee hearing on downstream energy challenges

Washington, June 26, 2014, 10:00 am

House Small Business Agriculture, Energy and Trade Subcommittee hearing, "The New Domestic Energy Paradigm: Downstream Challenges for Small Energy Businesses." Expert witnesses.

Drilling tax? Pa. gov. to weigh ‘all options’

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Pennylvania officials faced with a $1.5 billion dollar budget shortfall are weighing options including a possible severance tax on gas drillers, an idea that Gov. Tom Corbett has opposed in the past, but now his spokesman says “all options will be considered,” The Wall Street Journal reports.

Autumn announcement for stricter oil rail car standards

Source: 
Reuters

In the wake of a spate of disastrous derailments, stricter safety standards for rail cars that carry oil will likely be announced in the fall, a top industry official told Reuters.

Senate Democrats to debate energy Wed. night

Source: 
The Hill

Coal-state Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia will debate climate change and carbon regulation issues with fellow Democrat Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island on the chamber floor Wednesday night, The Hill reports.

Russia wants UN to prevent terrorists selling oil

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia's U.N. ambassador said Tuesday he wants the U.N. Security Council to prevent terrorists from selling Iraqi and Syrian oil to finance their illegal activities.

Vitaly Churkin told Russian journalists that Russia will circulate a "document" — almost certainly a draft resolution — in the near future to address the issue.

"We know that terrorist organizations are doing illegal oil trading from the territory of both Syria and Iraq," he said.

US officials: Sanctions on Russia could be delayed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sanctions aimed at key economic sectors in Russia because of its threatening moves in Ukraine might be delayed because of positive signals from Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Obama administration officials.

The United States and its European allies were finalizing a package of sanctions with the goal of putting them in place as early as this week, the officials and others close to the process said Tuesday. Penalizing large swaths of the Russian economy, including its lucrative energy industry, would ratchet up the West's punishments against Moscow.

The U.S. and Europe have already sanctioned Russian individuals and entities, including some with close ties to Putin, but have so far stayed away from the broader penalties, in part because of concern from European countries that have close economic ties with Russia.

Senate Democrats

Oil exports report stirs optimism, concerns

Senators who have taken strong stands on energy exports had mixed reactions to news late Tuesday that the Commerce Department had approved the shipment of oil condensates by two U.S. companies.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who backs the repeal of the nearly 40-year U.S. ban on crude exports, called the approvals a "reasonable first step" in that direction. 

But Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., who supports the ban and also wants a ban on liquefied natural gas exports, called it a "slippery slope" to sending U.S. oil abroad when the country is still importing millions of barrels a day.

Court asked to speed up Canada lynx recovery plan

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates want a federal judge to order faster action on a recovery plan for imperiled Canada lynx, after wildlife officials said it could take until 2018 to finish the long-delayed work.

The U.S. government declared the snow-loving big cats a threatened species across the Lower 48 states in 2000. But officials haven't come up with a mandated recovery plan, citing budget limitations and competing concerns from other troubled species.

After a federal judge in Montana criticized the long delay, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offered to complete the work by early 2018.

House panel votes to demand EPA data disclosure

Source: 
The Hill

The Environmental Protection Agency would be forced to reveal the data it uses to write its rules, under a measure advanced by the House Science, Space and Technology Committee Tuesday that Republicans said would put a stop to what they call the EPA’s “secret science,” The Hill reports.

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