The ranking Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday said she cannot yet support President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, putting a question mark over his potential confirmation.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said at the confirmation hearing for former Colorado electricity regulator Ron Binz that she was concerned about his past statements on the role of regulators and about how he would lead FERC. "At this point I am not convinced that your views are compatible with FERC's mission," she said.
Climate change and the future of coal have become priority issues in the Virginia gubernatorial race between Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, with outside groups making heavy ad investments on both issues, ABC News reports.
President Barack Obama's regulatory and climate agendas take center stage in Washington this week with hearings on Capitol Hill and the planned release of his revised proposal to limit carbon emissions from new coal-fired power plants.
First up will be a hearing scheduled Tuesday in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on three nominees, including his pick to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Environmental Protection Agency is set to follow, no later than Friday, with the release of the power plants proposal.
The vision for Virginia’s energy future, to be made public by Gov. Terry McAuliffe Wednesday, will review the costs and benefits to the state from the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, E&E reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency, which hasn’t updated the list of chemicals it regulates at sewage plants in more than three decades, doesn’t target some 300 labelled as hazardous under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, a report from the EPA Inspector General says, according to The Hill.
Positive consumer spending data helped push oil prices higher early Tuesday, although benchmark crude is looking likely to rack up its largest quarterly drop in some two and a-half years. U.S. prices were 19 cents higher to $94.76 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent gained 32 cents to $97.52, Reuters reports.
Energy market monitor Genscape has been tracking the tanker Polar Discovery, which could hold up to 784,000 barrels of crude, as it heads from Alaska to Yeosu, South Korea, FuelFix reports, having determined from a ConocoPhillips spokesman that the company has made a rare deal to sell a cargo of North Slope crude in Asia in the fourth quarter.
The U.S. imported 569,000 more barrels of crude in July than it did in June, according to data from the Energy Information Administration, which said the figures were still lower than in 2013 and also noted that for the first time, none of the imports came from Nigeria, Platts reports.
Oilfield services giant Schlumberger is having around 20 mid-level and senior managers leave Russia, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg, in the wake of Western sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis.
The partnership between Qatar and Exxon Mobil in plans to export liquefied natural gas from the Golden Pass terminal in Texas is part of the Gulf nation’s strategy to maintain its status as a major player in the industry globally into the future, The New York Times reports.