Groups battle on Keystone XL pipeline

Detractors and backers of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline released separate reports Thursday designed to cement public support for their respective sides.

Green groups said the pipeline’s projected greenhouse gas emissions have been underreported, and that the Keystone project would greatly expand oil sands production.

And a coalition of oil companies and groups representing energy […]

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GOP governors, Canadian leader press Obama to approve Keystone pipeline

Ten GOP governors and the premier of Saskatchewan are putting fresh pressure on President Obama to greenlight the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring Canadian oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries.

Premier Brad Wall and the governors, in a letter to Obama Thursday, call the project “fundamentally important” to the future economic prosperity of the […]

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DOE names new Bonneville Power Administration chief

The Energy Department (DOE) has promoted the Bonneville Power Administration’s (BPA) second-in-command to lead the electric utility, BPA announced Wednesday.

Bill Drummond will head the DOE-managed power marketer beginning next month. He replaces retiring Administrator Steve Wright, who helmed the organization since 2000.

“Bonneville represents the best expression of public vision and achievement; collaborative relationships, environmental stewardship […]

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Mine safety rule prompted by deadly explosion faces industry blowback

The Labor Department on Thursday issued a new rule meant to avert a repeat of the 2010 West Virginia coal mine explosion that left 29 workers dead.

The regulation, which takes effect on March 25, streamlines the process by which the agency’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) can crack down on mine operators with […]

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Vitter: ‘Political purposes’ behind EPA fracking study

Political motives and shoddy science marred a controversial Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study that first linked hydraulic fracturing to water pollution, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) wrote in a Thursday letter obtained by The Hill.

The EPA extended the comment period for its December 2011 hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, draft study for a third time last […]

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News bites: Some hostages escape from Algerian gas plant

Some hostages reportedly escaped an Algerian gas plant that was taken over by Islamist gunmen, according to Reuters. The wire service did not indicate whether any of the American captives made the break.

BP and the Justice Department agreed that the oil firm’s record $4 billion criminal settlement for its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill […]

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Mining group criticizes reports on coal exports

The head of a major mining trade group questioned reports that mining firms might be ducking federal royalty payments.

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and ranking member Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) asked the Interior Department earlier this month to investigate coal export practices.

The senators cited Reuters reports that led them to […]

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OVERNIGHT ENERGY: DOE Secretary Chu to chat with mayors

State of Play: Energy Secretary Steven Chu will speak to the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ winter meetings in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

He’s scheduled to chat at an energy-themed session about efficiency in buildings, offshore wind development and more.

These kinds of appearances aren’t remarkable — they’re a regular stop on the Cabinet secretary speaking circuit that’s […]

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Departing EPA chief: Delivering BP spill fines to Gulf states a proud moment

Outgoing Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson said working on the legislation that will deliver Clean Water Act fines from BP’s 2010 oil spill to Gulf Coast states was a high point of her four-year term.

Jackson told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that working with President Obama on the Restore Act was a highlight of […]

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API’s Gerard: ‘Respect’ for Salazar, hopes ‘reality has now settled in’ on drilling

American Petroleum Institute (API) CEO Jack Gerard bid outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar farewell Wednesday, and said his replacement would ideally come from a Western state.

Gerard said that the Obama administration came to Washington, D.C., with “some pretty strong views” on energy policy that were antithetical to fossil fuels.

Still, Gerard said he had “a […]

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