Daily Archives: March 31, 2012

Shell marches toward Arctic drilling as EPA permits upheld

The Environmental Protection Agency’s independent appeals board has upheld final air pollution permits that oil giant Royal Dutch Shell needs to launch a controversial drilling project in Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast this summer.

The Environmental Appeals Board on Friday rejected environmentalists’ challenge to permits EPA issued for Shell to operate the Kulluk drilling unit.

“Achieving a […]

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Boehner: Obama needs to press Senate to act on energy bills

President Obama needs to pressure Senate Democrats to do more about rising gas prices, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Saturday.

“The Senate has stalled dozens of House-passed bills, several of which would implement the Republicans’ […]

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Regulators approve construction of nuclear reactors in South Carolina

Federal regulators greenlighted the construction of new nuclear reactors Friday for just the second time in longer than three decades.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) voted 4-1 to approve a license allowing construction and conditional operation of two new reactors at Scana Corp.’s Virgil C. Summer nuclear power plant in Fairfield County, S.C. NRC Chairman Gregory […]

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Obama: Oil markets can handle expanded sanctions on Iran

President Obama issued a formal determination Friday that global oil supplies are sufficient to move ahead with toughened sanctions against Iran.

Obama, acting under a congressionally mandated deadline, issued a finding that’s a precursor to sanctions against foreign banks that purchase Iranian oil. The toughened sanctions are designed to reduce Iran’s oil revenues and isolate its central […]

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Committee drops complaint against Sen. Vitter for threatening official’s salary

The Senate Ethics Committee has dismissed allegations that Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) attempted to “bribe” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar by blocking his pay increase until the administration issued more permits for offshore oil exploration.

But the committee, in a letter to Vitter Thursday, called his behavior “inappropriate” and issued new rules that say such actions will […]

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