26 Jun 2012

U.S. Rep. Mark Critz in the Tribune-Review: Stick to Fracking Science, Not the Politics

By: Mark S. Critz At a recent U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson justified the agency’s “desire to do additional science around hydraulic fracturing … because the public’s trust in that technology we believe is...
Read More
26 Jun 2012

Pittsburgh Quarterly: An Industrial Renaissance

“You hear talk about the tri-state area becoming the nation’s new energy capital,” says Kathryn Z. Klaber, president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition and a Beaver County native. “Ours is the region that developed the first oil well, the first commercial gas well. Maybe it’s high...
Read More
26 Jun 2012

Federal court upholds Obama EPA’s climate change regulations

A federal appeals court has upheld Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) greenhouse gas regulations, a victory for the Obama administration that’s also sure to inflame election-year political battles over the White House green agenda. Environmentalists heralded the three-judge...
Read More
26 Jun 2012

EPA, Dems cheer climate ruling

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson is applauding the new federal court ruling that rejected several challenges to the agency’s climate change regulations. “Today’s ruling is a strong validation of, in the court’s own words, t...
Read More
26 Jun 2012

Sens. Toomey, Coats press Energy Dept. to nix auto steel loan

Sens. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) are reviving their campaign against a Michigan company’s bid for an Energy Department loan to support manufacture of high-strength automotive steel. The Department of Energy (DOE) in January nixed a planned $730 million loan for...
Read More
26 Jun 2012

What They’re Saying: American Natural Gas Benefits “Cannot Be Denied”

Pittsburgh, Pa. – The American economy continues to limp along, as “unemployment rates rose in 18 U.S. states in May, the most in nine months,” according to the USA Today. And while there’s no denying the very real challenges our nation’s economy faces, there’s also no denying...
Read More
26 Jun 2012

News bites: Shell tests ‘capping stack’ for feds ahead of Arctic drilling

The Houston Chronicle has the latest on Royal Dutch Shell’s march toward federal approval of its plans to drill in Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast. From their piece: Shell tested its first line of defense against runaway Arctic oil wells for federal inspectors on Monday, marking...
Read More
26 Jun 2012

Obama’s Interior chief: State regulation of fracking ‘not good enough for me’

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is striking back at oil-and-gas companies that claim state-level regulation of “fracking” is strong enough to render federal rules that he’s crafting a pointless layer of red tape. Reuters caught up with Salazar off the coast of Norway, where...
Read More
26 Jun 2012

OVERNIGHT ENERGY: The next battle over climate rules, highway bill talks at fever pitch, and more

DEVELOPING … Capitol Hill negotiations on a sweeping surface transportation bill are at a boil as lawmakers seek a deal imminently — a possibility that seemed remote not long ago. “Both sides are continuing to work towards a deal and they’re close, but we don’t...
Read More