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As EPA readies RFS, industry groups make pitch on ideal proposal

As the Environmental Protection Agency prepares to issue three years’ worth of proposed Renewable Fuel Standard volume levels, both sides of the debate are lobbying the Obama administration on what those proposals should look like. Biofuels groups called for an aggressive standard while oil and refining groups sought a reprieve from the current RFS blending trajectory.

In recent days, the industries have sent correspondence to the White House and EPA seeking to influence the volume requirements for 2014, 2015 and 2016, set to be proposed on June 1.

Encana CEO to speak at Chamber event

Washington, May 6, 2015, 12:00 pm

Encana Corp. President and CEO Doug Suttles to join Chamber of Commerce event to discuss the growth in U.S. oil and gas development and advocate for an end to the Commerce Department ban on crude oil exports.

DOE's Smith speaks on Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Washington, May 6, 2015, 1:30 pm

Energy Department Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Christopher Smith to speak at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event on the future of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

 

Conference of Western Attorneys General energy export summit

Washington, May 6, 2015, 9:00 am

The Conference of Western Attorneys General to hold conference on energy exports, featuring speeches from Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Steve Daines, R-Mont.

Senate EPW hearing on on FWS budget, ESA bills

Washington, May 6, 2015, 9:30 am

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to hold full committee hearing on the fiscal 2016 budget proposal for the Fish and Wildlife Service followed by a hearing on Endangered Species bills. FWS Director Dan Ashe to testify.

California fell far short of water-saving target: Regulators

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians conserved little water in March and local officials were not aggressive in cracking down on waste, state regulators reported Tuesday as they considered tough measures to force savings amid a continuing drought.

The State Water Resources Control Board received the update as it considers sweeping mandatory emergency regulations to protect water supplies in the parched state.

Rangers: Hands-off approach to yearly rush across Wyoming river

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — National park rangers and other federal law enforcement officers kept watch without intervening as dozens of antler hunters in western Wyoming gathered for what turned out, for some, to be an ill-fated rush to cross an ice-cold raging mountain river at night.

Hands-off as it was, it was standard policy on Western federal lands whenever foolishness committed by the public falls short of, say, harassing a 3,000-pound bison.

Energy rich US states move to quash local limits on drilling

MANSFIELD, Texas (AP) — Lawmakers in Texas and energy producing states across the nation are rushing to stop local communities from imposing limits on oil and gas drilling despite growing public concern about the health and environmental toll of such activities in urban areas.

The slump in oil prices that has led to job losses in the oil patch has only added to the urgency of squelching local drilling bans and other restrictions the industry views as onerous. The number of jobs nationwide in the sector that includes energy production has fallen 3.5 percent since December, and Texas alone lost about 25,000 jobs in March, according to federal data.

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US stocks sink as oil price jumps above $60

NEW YORK (AP) — A combination of concerns knocked the U.S. stock market lower Tuesday, snapping a two-day run.

Crude oil climbed above $60 a barrel for the first time this year, raising expectations for rising inflation and interest rates.

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EPA's legal challengers decry 'power grab' at Senate hearing

States bringing legal challenges against the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed carbon regulations for existing power plants took their case to a Senate hearing Tuesday, where they called the rule an “unlawful power grab” and a "gun to the head" that would devastate coal-reliant states.

The hearing before a subcommittee of the Environment and Public Works Committee featured testimony from West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, whose states have already challenged the proposed rule in federal court.

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