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End of an era? Series of U.S. setbacks bodes ill for big oil, gas pipeline projects

Reuters


WASHINGTON/NEW YORK  – A rapid-fire succession of setbacks for big energy pipelines in the United States this week has revealed an uncomfortable truth for the oil and gas industry: environmental activists and landowners opposed to projects have become good …

Source: CNBC

A massive renewable energy scheme in Australia has been recommended for environmental approval

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A vast renewable energy scheme has been recommended for environmental approval by Western Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

The Asian Renewable Energy Hub is a planned development in the East Pilbara area of Western Australia. Set to cover 6,500 …

Source: Reuters

‘Astonishing’: Trump EPA backs down on biofuel waivers in blow to U.S. refiners

Reuters


The Trump administration has decided not to appeal a court ruling that would sharply reduce its use of waivers exempting refineries from the nation’s biofuels regulation, cheering the corn lobby but drawing anger from oil refiners.

The administration had …

March 25, 2020 - 12:00 pm Closing Bell Story‎, Crude Oil News, Energy News, Regulatory
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Three injured in Texas petrochemical plant blast

Reuters


HOUSTON – Three workers were injured in an early morning explosion on Wednesday that sparked a blaze at a Texas petrochemical plant, the latest in a series of chemical plant accidents in the region.

An initial explosion at a …

November 27, 2019 - 2:00 pm Closing Bell Story‎, Energy News
Trump Administration Moves to Limit State Powers to Block Pipelines, Terminals

Trump Administration Moves to Limit State Powers to Block Pipelines, Terminals

From Reuters


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday unveiled a proposal that would curb state powers to block pipelines and other energy projects, as part of the Trump administration’s effort to boost domestic oil, gas and coal development.

The …

U.S. Lawmaker Wants EPA Refinery Biofuel Waivers Investigated

U.S. Lawmaker Wants EPA Refinery Biofuel Waivers Investigated

From Reuters

Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth on Wednesday asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General to investigate why the agency vastly expanded its use of waivers to exempt small refineries from the nation’s biofuel law.

The request, …

May 23, 2019 - 12:41 pm Closing Bell Story‎, Energy News, Law, Politics & Opinions
House GOP Pushes Elimination of Ethanol Mandate

House GOP Pushes Elimination of Ethanol Mandate

From Houston Chronicle

WASHINGTON – House Republicans are pushing to eliminate the federal mandate that ethanol be blended into the nation’s fuel supply, to be replaced by a requirement cars built from 2023 on run only on gasoline with a …

December 12, 2018 - 12:52 pm Closing Bell Story‎, Energy News, Politics & Opinions
Congressman Seeks to Raise Ethanol Content at the Pump to 15%

Congressman Seeks to Raise Ethanol Content at the Pump to 15%

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) set yearly RFS volume requirements for each renewable fuel category. EPA updates volume requirements each year based on fuel availability.

The RFS is a federal program that requires transportation fuel that …

Gasoline Demand: EPA Tosses Fuel Economy Rule, Seeks to Revoke California’s Ability to Set Own Standard

Gasoline Demand: EPA Tosses Fuel Economy Rule, Seeks to Revoke California’s Ability to Set Own Standard

Pruitt says federal requirement to hit 55 miles per gallon by 2025 will be replaced by different federal number, taking input from all states

From the L.A. Times

Setting up its most aggressive clash yet with California over environmental standards, …

April 3, 2018 - 2:26 pm Closing Bell Story‎, Energy News
EPA Boss Ends “Sue & Settle” Environmental Policymaking

EPA Boss Ends “Sue & Settle” Environmental Policymaking

“The days of regulation through litigation are over,” – EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued an Agency-wide directive today designed to end “sue and settle” policymaking practices within the EPA. The boss of one of the government’s …

October 17, 2017 - 4:43 pm Closing Bell Story‎, Law, Oil and Gas 360 Articles, Regulatory
EPA Chief Pulls Plug on Clean Power Plan

EPA Chief Pulls Plug on Clean Power Plan

For coal the damage is already done, plants are switching to natural gas

Today U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes to repeal the prior administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP).…

The EPA Begins Rolling Back Obama-Era Emission Regulations as U.S. says it will Pull Out of Paris Climate Agreement

The EPA Begins Rolling Back Obama-Era Emission Regulations as U.S. says it will Pull Out of Paris Climate Agreement

The EPA has issued a 90-day stay on oil and gas emissions standards

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday that it will put a halt to some of the Obama-era regulations on the oil and gas industry. Using its Clean …

The War on Coal is Done: Pruitt

The War on Coal is Done: Pruitt

EPA launches Back-to-Basics agenda at Pennsylvania coal mine

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt visited the Harvey Mine in Sycamore, Pa., last week where he announced EPA’s Back-to-Basics agenda, cementing his earlier statement that the new administration has declared …

White House Budget Increases Funding for Energy Development on Public Lands and Offshore, Continues to Streamline Permitting

White House Budget Increases Funding for Energy Development on Public Lands and Offshore, Continues to Streamline Permitting

The White House released its FY 2018 budget proposal today, entitled “America First – A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again.”

The White House proposes a budget that will increase funds in support of energy development on public lands …

Rolling Back the Red Tape: Pruitt Withdraws EPA’s Request for Equipment and Emissions Counts at Existing Oil & Gas Sites

Rolling Back the Red Tape: Pruitt Withdraws EPA’s Request for Equipment and Emissions Counts at Existing Oil & Gas Sites

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it is withdrawing its request that owners and operators in the oil and natural gas industry provide information on equipment and emissions at existing oil and gas operations.

The withdrawal is effective immediately, …

Shrinking Red Tape Moves Energy Projects Forward

Shrinking Red Tape Moves Energy Projects Forward

Mining states celebrate HJR 38, Keystone XL back on track, CPP still an unknown

Several stalled or presumed dead energy projects are back in the driver’s seat in 2017, and the new team running things in Washington, both at the …

February 20, 2017 - 2:16 pm Closing Bell Story‎, Oil and Gas 360 Articles, Regulatory
Scott Pruitt Confirmed as EPA Head

Scott Pruitt Confirmed as EPA Head

Scott Pruitt was confirmed to run the EPA today, with the Senate voting 52-46 to confirm. Two Democrats, Joe Manchin (WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (ND) crossed party lines to support Pruitt, while one Republican, Susan Collins (ME), voted against him.…

February 17, 2017 - 4:39 pm Closing Bell Story‎, Oil and Gas 360 Articles, Regulatory
EPA Carbon Standards for Cars, Light Trucks to Reduce Oil Consumption by 1.2 Billion Barrels

EPA Carbon Standards for Cars, Light Trucks to Reduce Oil Consumption by 1.2 Billion Barrels

EPA carbon rule is expected to add $800-$1,100 to new car sticker prices and reduce oil consumption by 1.2 billion barrels

While the oil industry was watching OPEC, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy has issued a final …

Wyoming Revisits Water Quality Study and Finds Oil & Gas Likely Not to Blame

Wyoming Revisits Water Quality Study and Finds Oil & Gas Likely Not to Blame

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) has released the results of its study into water quality issues in the Pavillion Gas Field Cistern Area east of Pavillion, Wyoming.

This study was carried out from in response to a prior

November 10, 2016 - 6:26 pm Closing Bell Story‎, Oil and Gas 360 Articles
EPA Releases New Emissions Guidelines for VOCs from Oil and Gas Equipment, Well Sites

EPA Releases New Emissions Guidelines for VOCs from Oil and Gas Equipment, Well Sites

Haynes and Boone looks at new EPA guidelines

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published new final Control Techniques Guidelines (CTGs) targeting volatile organic compound emissions from existing oil and natural gas equipment and processes in certain states and nonattainment …

North Dakota Mineral Resource Director, Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Call EPA Regulations into Question

North Dakota Mineral Resource Director, Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Call EPA Regulations into Question

Lynn Helms, David Porter, others testify in front of House Committee about the effects of the EPA’s 3,900 rules on industry, states, jobs since 2009

Lynn Helms, director of the Oil and Gas Division of the North Dakota Department of …

D.C. Court Delays Clean Power Plan Hearing by more than Three Months

D.C. Court Delays Clean Power Plan Hearing by more than Three Months

D.C. court makes rare decision to bypass three-judge panel for Clean Power Plan review

In an unusual move, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals announced that oral arguments to assess the merits of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan will now …

EPA’s Latest Methane Inventory “Seriously Flawed”: API

EPA’s Latest Methane Inventory “Seriously Flawed”: API

The American Petroleum Institute called the EPA’s greenhouse gas inventory, “seriously flawed and inconsistent with previous EPA reports and other scientific research.” That is what Kyle Isakower, API vice president of regulatory and economic policy, told reporters in a …

U.S. to Continue Enforcing Clean Air Act: Roberts

U.S. to Continue Enforcing Clean Air Act: Roberts

Chief Justice rules that Clean Air Act enforcement will continue while EPA completes cost analysis

In a victory for the Obama Administration, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has decided unilaterally to allow enforcement of the Clean Air Act to …

Clean Power Plan Lawsuit Update: U.S. Chamber, 27 States, 150 Organizations File Opening Brief Against EPA Power Plant Rule

Clean Power Plan Lawsuit Update: U.S. Chamber, 27 States, 150 Organizations File Opening Brief Against EPA Power Plant Rule

Clean Power Plan Lawsuit Begins

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today, along with a coalition including officials from 27 states and more than 150 other organizations representing a wide range of the American economy, presented opening arguments in the D.C. …

The Clean Power Plan has a New Chance at Life

The Clean Power Plan has a New Chance at Life

The death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia complicates matters around the Clean Power Plan

The passing of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia last weekend leaves open a seat on the country’s highest court, and it leaves open the door …

Energy Producers – Don’t Ever Underestimate the Environmental Activists

Energy Producers – Don’t Ever Underestimate the Environmental Activists

The warning for energy producers in Colorado came from Christopher Guith, senior vice president for policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy.

Guith’s warning was delivered during a panel discussion with a group of …

Hatch, Barrasso and Enzi Introduce Senate Bill to Stop Frac Regulation Duplicity

CPP: Motion to Stay EPA Clean Power Plan Denied by D.C. Court

A coalition of 27 states and industry groups had hoped to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan from taking action by filing a motion to stay in the District of Columbia circuit court. Today, the court announced that it has

January 21, 2016 - 6:38 pm Closing Bell Story‎, Politics & Opinions, Regulatory
What does the U.S. Government Expect from Energy Companies in 2016?

What does the U.S. Government Expect from Energy Companies in 2016?

Just doing things right may not be enough:  legal experts discuss changes to SEC reporting expectations for energy companies and recent trends in EPA investigations and enforcement actions

Haynes and Boone LLP’s Denver office hosted a seminar this week that …

November 12, 2015 - 10:54 am Closing Bell Story‎, Oil and Gas 360 Articles, Regulatory
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Congressional Committee Attempting to Reverse 2 EPA Rules that would do More Harm than Good

House Energy and Power Subcommittee passes resolutions to stop overreach of one federal agency

This week, the Energy and Power Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), passed two resolutions, H.J. Res 71 and H.J. Res 72, disapproving of …

November 5, 2015 - 3:26 pm Closing Bell Story‎, Oil and Gas 360 Articles, Regulatory