Capitol Hill gas-export backers ready new pressure on DOE

Lawmakers that favor expanding U.S. natural-gas exports are preparing to increase political pressure on the Obama administration to greenlight industry export plans.

Reps. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) and Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) are gathering colleagues’ signatures for a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu that urges quick review of a federally commissioned study that called expanding exports a […]

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Oil-and-gas lobby sees ‘early breakthrough’ for offshore royalty bill

The oil-and-gas industry’s top lobbyist said a discussed offshore energy revenue-sharing bill could be primed for an “early breakthrough” in the Senate.

“I’m optimistic there might be potential there to move some stuff early. And then it begins to set a new framework for common ground for all energy policy,” American Petroleum Institute CEO Jack Gerard […]

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Interior Secretary Salazar to step down

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who overhauled the federal government’s troubled offshore drilling agency after the BP oil spill and locked horns with Republicans over energy policy, said Wednesday that he plans to step down by the end of March.

Salazar, a former Colorado senator, did not announce his future plans.

“Colorado is and will always be my […]

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News bites: BP oil site attacked in Algeria, US oil boom upends trading patterns, and more

Bloomberg reports on an attack at an Algeria oilfield operated by BP and other companies.

“Algerian security forces are surrounding an oil facility in the country’s south after unidentified attackers took several workers hostage, according to an official with the state-run oil company Sonatrach,” the news service reports.

Reuters cites reports that “Islamist militants had seized five […]

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Republicans: Keep carbon tax buried

A group of House Republicans and a senior Democrat want to make sure that carbon tax proposals never gain political momentum.

Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.), backed by several Republicans and Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), have introduced a resolution in opposition to imposing fees on fossil energy.

“A carbon tax would increase the cost of everything from driving […]

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OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senior DOE official to talk natural-gas exports

STATE OF PLAY: A senior Energy Department (DOE) official will discuss the United States’s role in energy export markets during a Wednesday event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The event arrives as DOE is weighing politically controversial applications to greatly expand U.S. natural-gas exports.

David Sandalow, secretary for policy and international affairs with DOE, will […]

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EPA says new air quality revisions will slash industry costs, health risks

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday issued final revisions to a 2010 air quality rule, saying the changes would reduce costs associated with the regulations while also protecting public health.

The revisions stem from settlement agreements reached between the agency and industry groups that mounted a legal challenge following release of the original rule.

The […]

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Oil industry escalates attacks on biofuel mandate

The oil industry on Tuesday escalated its attacks on the federal biofuel mandate as it rolled out a national ad campaign aimed at promoting the nation’s refineries.

The ad blitz from the American Petroleum Institute will be an “all hands on deck” effort across TV, print, radio and online, Cindy Schild, the lobby’s senior manager, said […]

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Oil industry group snags two House GOP aides

The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) has hired a pair of House GOP staffers to promote oil-and-gas development in Western states and the Gulf of Mexico.

The industry lobbying group said Tuesday that it’s expanding its government affairs staff by adding Mallori McClure, who was an aide to Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), and Samantha McDonald, […]

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Court denies challenge to EPA ethanol ruling

A federal court on Tuesday preserved an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ruling that permits the sale of a high-ethanol fuel blend.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied a rehearing on the EPA decision that put fuels with a 15-percent ethanol concentration, known as E15, on the market.

The development is a win […]

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