18 Jun 2012

The week ahead: Battles over EPA and drilling rage on Capitol Hill

This week will bring a likely Senate showdown over EPA power plant rules, while the House will see partisan battles over oil-and-gas drilling and land protections. The Senate is slated to vote Wednesday on Sen. James Inhofe’s (R-Okla.) plan to overturn EPA’s new air toxics...
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18 Jun 2012

Falling gas prices cut DC cab costs as fuel charge expires

Falling energy prices mean it will cost a little less to lobby on energy in the Beltway. The District of Columbia Taxicab Commission announced Friday that the $1 per trip surcharge imposed almost 16 months ago will expire at midnight Wednesday, making it a tad cheaper for...
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18 Jun 2012

Hearing to revive natural-gas climate battle

A Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing Tuesday will be the next venue for a raging battle over the climate-change benefits of natural gas compared to other fossil fuels. Devon Energy Corp., a large independent natural-gas producer, will tell lawmakers that the...
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18 Jun 2012

News bites: Chesapeake Energy’s next moves, OPEC’s headwinds, and more

The Wall Street Journal reports that OPEC’s ability to sway global oil markets is “hamstrung” by three factors: Inability to enforce internal production targets, the European debt crisis, and looming sanctions against Iran. The Associated Press reports that embattled natural gas...
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18 Jun 2012

Oil executive: ‘Very stressed relationship’ between industry, Obama White House

Royal Dutch Shell’s top U.S. official credits the White House for recognizing the “strategic importance” of oil resources off Alaska’s coast, but says that overall, tensions between the industry and the Obama administration persist. “I think you see a lot and you hear a lot...
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