14 May 2012

WH official: Relations with oil sector thawing, but not ‘hunky-dory’

The White House is trying to improve its icy relationship with the oil-and-gas industry, but things are far from “hunky-dory,” a top energy aide to President Obama said Monday. “The notion that we rolled out the welcome mat or have this hunky-dory relationship th...
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14 May 2012

NRC to increase inspections at Virginia nuke plant that shut down after earthquake

Federal regulators said Monday they will conduct additional inspections at a Virginia nuclear power plant that shut down after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake that shook the East Coast last summer. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday it found that a failure by workers at...
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14 May 2012

Energy exec: US production boom makes case for oil sands exports to Asia

A senior executive with Enbridge, the company seeking to send Canadian oil sands west via pipeline toward Asian markets, says the U.S. production boom and falling imports help make the case for the project. Here are a few blurbs from prepared remarks by Janet Holder,...
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14 May 2012

Study: Public willing to pay for more green energy

Legislation mandating that power companies obtain a major portion of the country’s electricity from low-carbon energy sources might face an uphill battle on Capitol Hill. But the policy has strong public support, a new study indicates. The average American is willing to pay $162...
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14 May 2012

OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Oil industry to offer wish list to Dems, GOP

State of play: The powerful American Petroleum Institute isn’t especially shy about its agenda, which includes opening more federal lands for drilling, preserving tax breaks and warding off stringent federal rules in areas such as hydraulic fracturing, among other goals. But on...
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14 May 2012

News bites: The latest on Chesapeake energy, protecting forests from global warming, and more

Prominent investor Carl Icahn is expected to disclose that he has taken a “significant” stake in embattled natural gas giant Chesapeake Energy, The Wall Street Journal reports. Why that matters, from the Journal: Such a move by Mr. Icahn could ratchet up pressure on Chesapeake,...
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14 May 2012

The Week Ahead: Lawmakers get down to business on Keystone

House and Senate negotiators will continue working this week on a compromise transportation bill, with Republicans pushing to include a provision green-lighting the Keystone XL oil pipeline in the final version of the package. The House-approved version of the bill, which funds...
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14 May 2012

Heitkamp plugs North Dakota energy in new ad

Heidi Heitkamp, the Democratic recruit to replace retiring Sen. Kent Conrad (D) in North Dakota, released a new television ad highlighting her support for the state’s energy industry. “If anyone thinks North Dakota is not an energy leader, they need to come here,” Heitkamp says...
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14 May 2012

Ex-EPA official who made ‘crucify’ remark to testify before Congress

The EPA regional official who recently resigned over 2010 comments that compared enforcement of anti-pollution laws to crucifixion will testify before a House panel on June 6. Al Armendariz, the former EPA Region 6 chief whose comments ignited a torrent of GOP and industry...
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14 May 2012

WH official: Frosty relations with oil industry are thawing, but not ‘hunky-dory’

The White House has made a concerted effort to improve the icy relationship between the Obama administration and the oil-and-gas industry. But things are far from “hunky-dory,” a top White House energy official said Monday. “The notion that we rolled out the welcome mat or have...
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