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Interior to probe deadly Gulf oil platform fire

The Interior Department has begun probing the explosion and fire on a Gulf of Mexico oil production platform Friday that killed one worker, while another remains missing.

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended the search Saturday evening after more than 32 hours, the agency announced. 

But Black Elk Energy, which owns the platform located about 17 miles […]

By |November 18th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

Sen. Wyden: Congress ‘in the dark’ on natural gas exports

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the incoming chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said the Energy Department must provide lawmakers more information about proposals to ramp up U.S. natural gas exports.

“The first thing that the department has to do is deal with the fact that Congress is in the dark on this issue,” Wyden […]

By |November 18th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

Interior to probe Gulf oil platform fire

The Interior Department has begun probing the explosion and fire on a Gulf of Mexico oil production platform Friday that killed one worker, while another remains missing.

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended the search Saturday evening after more than 32 hours, the agency announced. 

But Black Elk Energy, which owns the platform located about 17 miles […]

By |November 18th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

House Republicans question EPA over secret email accounts

Republicans on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee have launched a probe into whether Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson has been conducting official business using secret email accounts.

The lawmakers said the practice may violate transparency and record-keeping laws. 

Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and vocal critical of the […]

By |November 17th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

House Republicans question EPA over secret email accounts

Republicans on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee have launched a probe into whether Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson has been conducting official business using secret email accounts.

The lawmakers said the practice may violate transparency and record-keeping laws. 

Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and vocal critical of the […]

By |November 17th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

EPA refuses to waive ethanol mandate

The Environmental Protection Agency is rejecting requests from states and meat industry groups to waive regulations that require the blending of ethanol into gasoline.

EPA rejected petitions from nearly a dozen states, including Texas, Virginia, and Maryland, for waivers of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

“he agency has not found evidence to support a finding […]

By |November 16th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

Coast Guard: Two missing in Gulf oil platform explosion

An explosion on a Gulf of Mexico oil production platform off the coast of Louisiana is likely to renew attention to the safety of offshore oil-and-gas development. 

Ensign Glenn Sanchez, a Coast Guard spokesman, told The Hill that two people are missing from the Black Elk Energy platform and possibly overboard. He did not confirm reports of […]

By |November 16th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

Boehner taps Energy Committee vet for adviser role

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has tapped a top attorney with the House Energy and Commerce Committee to be an adviser, signaling plans to continue moving energy bills in the next Congress.

Boehner on Friday said that Maryam Brown will join the Speaker’s office as energy policy adviser, having served as chief counsel to the subcommittee […]

By |November 16th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

Senators request facetime with Obama on Keystone pipeline

A bipartisan group of senators is asking President Obama for a meeting about the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline that the lawmakers want the White House to approve.

The letter from 18 senators, led by Sens. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.), announced via press release Friday calls for “setting politics aside” and urges […]

By |November 16th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

Battery company got $1M from Energy Department the day it filed Chapter 11

The Energy Department has supported A123 Systems, Inc., which produced batteries for electric vehicles, through thick and thin.

The company received a $946,830 payment, part of a larger grant, on the day it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in mid-October.

The company revealed the Oct. 16 payment in a letter this week to Sens. Chuck Grassley […]

By |November 16th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment