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Jewell wins confirmation as Interior secretary

April 12, 2013

By a vote of 87 to 11, the Senate approved Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) chief executive Sally Jewell on Wednesday as the next Interior secretary.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, told his colleagues Wednesday that Jewell had...

Budget seeks mandatory conservation funding, increased O&G fees

April 12, 2013

President Obama's proposed fiscal 2014 budget for the Interior Department would require oil and gas companies to pay more to drill on public lands and waters and for the first time seeks full mandatory funding for the nation's premier conservation program.

Obama's $11.7 billion request...

BLM hits pause button on controversial Thompson Divide leases

April 10, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management today announced it is extending the life of about two dozen oil and gas leases set to expire in Colorado's Thompson Divide area, a move designed to buy time for additional environmental reviews and to allow more talks with local groups and governments that oppose...

New federal land use plan draws ire of Wyoming counties, industry

April 9, 2013

The federal government's nearly complete land-use-plan revision for a 2.4 million-acre area from northwest of Dubois to southeast of Jeffrey City is drawing the ire of some in the area, including county governments and a major energy producer.

Calgary, Alberta-based Encana Oil and Gas and...

Industry, greens face off over methane rules for drill sites

April 9, 2013

Environmentalists and natural gas producers agree that without better information about the amount of methane that is vented from natural gas systems, the climate implications of more gas production and use are hard to quantify.

But industry advocates say federal regulators should hold...

Colo. gas leak discovery highlights oversight problems

April 5, 2013

A leak found along a liquid gas pipeline in Colorado has highlighted the ineffectiveness of the agencies charged with monitoring the state's pipelines.

The pipeline in western Colorado has leaked thousands of gallons of benzene and other liquid hydrocarbons into the ground. If the...

Export opponents threaten lawsuit over coal dust pollution

April 5, 2013

Groups opposed to increased coal exports from the Pacific Northwest today threatened to sue BNSF Railway Co. and several coal companies over allegations of coal dust pollution from moving trains.

The Sierra Club joined conservation groups Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, Columbia Riverkeeper,...

Pipeline spills stir new criticism of Keystone XL plan

April 5, 2013

Two recent oil pipeline spills have prompted new criticism from opponents of the proposed Keystone XL project, while raising more questions about whether the federal government is adequately monitoring the nation’s vast labyrinth of pipelines.

In recent years, critics have said that the...

Promise of manufacturing job boost remains far off

April 3, 2013

Oil industry groups have claimed that more natural gas drilling will help manufacturing jobs rebound in the United States, but it may take years for that to happen.

If more land were opened to oil and gas exploration -- especially for hydraulic fracturing -- oil production would increase...

EPA says cross-state ruling would 'gravely undermine' Clean Air Act enforcement

April 3, 2013

If an appeals court ruling throwing out U.S. EPA's cross-state air pollution rule stands, it will have "serious adverse consequences" for air quality in the United States, the agency told the Supreme Court on Friday.

EPA, along with public health groups, is asking the high court to review...

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