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NEPA reviews to cover climate impact

Source: 
National Journal

Federal agencies would have to assess the impact projects would have on climate change as part of their reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act, under draft guidelines the White House released Thursday, National Journal reports.

Oil

Gulf stocks gain with Dubai closing 13 percent up

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Gulf equity markets made massive gains Thursday with Dubai's main stock market rising 13 percent, just two days after closing at its lowest point of the year.

Abu Dhabi's stock market closed 6.7 percent higher on Thursday while the Saudi index closed 8.9 percent higher.

Oil

Saudi says oil decisions not linked to politics

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's oil chief said in comments published Thursday that there are no links between the kingdom's decision to oppose production cuts and political objectives — an apparent response to accusations last week from Shiite powerhouse Iran.

Petroleum Minister Ali Naimi was quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency as saying that there are "incorrect information and analyses ... linking petroleum decisions with political objectives."

Germany's BASF, Gazprom scrap planned asset swap

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's BASF SE says it has agreed with Russian gas company Gazprom to call off an asset swap that the two firms had planned for the end of this year.

BASF didn't immediately give a reason for Thursday's decision.

Cuomo gets kudos, scorn for New York fracking ban

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting heaped with praise by environmentalists and scorn by business interests for a planned state ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, even as he insists the decision wasn't his.

Residents statewide remain almost evenly split on the issue, and the divisions are clear, pollsters said Thursday. The decision announced Wednesday followed Cuomo's re-election last month, which the Democrat won easily as expected.

Maryland energy official Hopper to take reins at BOEM

Abigail Ross Hopper, the director of the Maryland Energy Administration, has been named to head the Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

Hopper will take over on Jan. 5, according to an announcement Thursday by Secretary Sally Jewell. Acting director Walter Cruickshank has managed the bureau since last May.

Hopper, an attorney, has been the energy adviser since 2010 to Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat. She first served as acting director of the state energy administration starting in 2012 and became director last year.

The bureau oversees renewable and oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf. She will take the post as the department prepares a proposed 2017-2022 five-year offshore drilling lease plan.

California power regulator to address allegations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's chief utility regulator is expected to address alleged backroom dealings with the state's largest utility when he presides over his last voting meeting of the five-member commission Thursday.

California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey is due to chair a commission meeting amid an ongoing scandal over secret emails exchanges that show a cozy relationship with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. executives.

Warren cautions Obama over Asia trade pact

Source: 
The Washington Post

Three Democratic lawmakers -- Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey of Massachusetts, and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin – have sent a letter to President Obama warning of their concerns over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a prospective trade pact with Asia, The Washington Post reports.

Clean energy groups slam NERC’s pick of consultant for carbon rule review

Source: 
E&E

Michael Goggin at the American Wind Energy Association is warning that the North American Electric Reliability Corp.’s decision to hire Energy Ventures Analysis Inc. to review the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan risks its credibility given what he calls the firm’s “stark bias” against the proposal, but NERC is defending its selection, citing its long track record with the firm and its transparent analysis process, E&E reports.

EPA seeks comment on emissions rule for brick, clay

Source: 
The Hill

The Environmental Protection Agency would limit the amount of mercury, dioxins, acid gas and other substances used in the process of making bricks and clay, under a prospective rule published in the Federal Register that is open for public comment for 60 days, The Hill reports.

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