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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The rebound in oil prices following Wednesday’s slump was wiped out late Thursday by news of a jump in the number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. Light, sweet crude for August delivery settled down 3 cents to $56.93 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent finished up 6 cents to $62.07, Dow Jones reports.
The Grain Belt Express, a $2.2 billion transmission line proposed by Clean Line Energy to bring wind power from Kansas to points east, through Missouri, has been rejected by the Missouri Public Service Commission, The Kansas City Star reports.
A $15,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to fund research into cutting particulate emissions from barbecues has attracted criticism from Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who declared his constituents “should be able to grill in peace,” The Hill reports.
The U.S. role in Copenhagen climate talks in 2009, and media coverage of it, had Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s attention, judging from the emails released by the State Department this week, E&E reports.
After last month’s pipeline leak near Santa Barbara, Calif., the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is proposing a requirement that operators notify regulators within an hour of any problem, The Hill reports.