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  • White House hopes for European shale gas face headwinds

    The White House wants Europe to frack to weaken Russia's influence over energy supplies on the continent. Translating that desire into action, however, will take time. Officially, the White House has said it would help the European Union develop "unconventional hydrocarbons," a reference to...

  • White House splits from some Senate Democrats on natural gas exports

    Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region led to calls for the administration to green light more natural gas exports, to lessen Europe's dependence on Russian energy.

  • Lawmakers push EPA for more time on water rule

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Industry groups and more than a dozen GOP senators are urging the Obama administration to reconsider plans to regulate many of the nation's streams and wetlands, saying the proposed rule hurts economic activity and oversteps legal bounds. In a letter Thursday, the senators...

  • Electric grid security gets renewed attention on Capitol Hill

    Congress is leading a manhunt at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Lawmakers are livid because of a FERC leak of sensitive information about vulnerabilities in the electric grid to the Wall Street Journal last month. The article noted that a coordinated attack on nine key -- but...

  • Nuclear disposal agreement could bring Russia, U.S. to negotiating table

    Officials in the United States and Russia soon might have to negotiate over a hot-button energy issue -- and it's not related to natural gas. At issue is a Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, or MOX, project in Aiken, S.C., that is supposed to convert weapons-grade plutonium into commercial...

  • Feds reach $5.15B settlement over mining cleanup

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — For decades, uranium ore was mined from the Lukachukai Mountains of northeastern Arizona, providing Navajos with much-needed employment but leaving behind a legacy of death and disease on the reservation. Uranium waste was thrown over the mountainside and carried by...

  • US reaches $5.15 billion environmental settlement

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government on Thursday reached a $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the largest ever for environmental contamination, to settle claims related to the cleanup of thousands of sites tainted with hazardous chemicals for decades. The bulk of the...

  • NM Democrats urge restraint on Tesla incentives

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A dozen legislators and other Democrats say New Mexico shouldn't go overboard in granting tax breaks to Tesla Motors so the electric car company locates a battery plant in the state. In a letter to the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/QIGb0h ), the Democrats said...

  • Edison bosses sell $18M in stock after rate deal

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two top executives at Edison International sold $17.7 million of their company's stock when it climbed to its highest price since 2007, after Edison reached a major settlement involving the defunct San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California, regulatory filings...

  • Report: Poor management led to Shell grounding

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Poor risk assessment and management were among factors that led to the grounding of a Shell oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Alaska in 2012, the Coast Guard said in a report released Thursday. The report also says Alaska's tax laws influenced the decision to tow the...

  • Duke Energy asked to correct SC ash pit problems

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Duke Energy last week assured South Carolina Public Service Commission members that the utility's coal ash pits in the state were safe and designed differently from the one that failed at its Eden, N.C. plant, coating a 70-mile stretch of the Dan River in toxic sludge....

  • Top toxic sites in Anadarko Petroleum settlement

    Top toxic sites among thousands that are part of the $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. with approximate amount of funding for cleanup efforts and details about the sites, as provided by the Justice Department: —Henderson, Nev.: $1.118 billion for prospective cleanup...

  • Ethanol producers complain about rail service

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Ethanol producers say clogged rail lines and other shipping problems have forced them to reduce production of the fuel and contributed to higher prices. The Renewable Fuels Association criticized railroads Thursday and triggered a strong response from the Association of...

  • Drought bill targets homeowner association rules

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A bill moving through the Legislature protects people in homeowner associations from retribution if they take steps to reduce water use for landscaping. AB2104 passed the Assembly Thursday on a 71-1 vote without debate. The bill's author, Democratic Assemblywoman...

  • Few GOP fireworks over Energy Department push for clean energy loans

    There was sound, but little fury, from House Republicans on Thursday after the Energy Department announced it would reopen a clean energy loan program derided by conservatives. During the 2012 election, "Solyndra," the failed solar panel-maker that received a $535 million federal loan...



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