More Zack Colman Articles

  • Company stumbles have Energy Dept., Capitol Hill worried about $450 million nuclear program

    Concern is growing at the Energy Department and on Capitol Hill about a combined $450 million of commitments made to two companies building next-generation nuclear reactors. The Energy Department entered into separate, five-year cost-share agreements with Charlotte, N.C.-based Babcock and...

  • The 'wacky scientist' Ernest Moniz brings his unusual style to Energy Department

    That hair. Without question, it's the first thing people notice about Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. Parted on the left, cut only by his wife, Naomi, the long gray mop resembles Gene Wilder's in "Young Frankenstein." And like Wilder's titular character, Moniz is prone to experimentation and risk.

  • House Republicans lay into EPA 'land grab'

    The Environmental Protection Agency says a rule it proposed this week merely clarifies its existing authority over the nation's waterways. Republicans say it's "the biggest land grab in the history of the world," as House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., called it.

  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski excoriates Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Alaska road decision

    The birds are putting Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at "loggerheads." At issue is Jewell's December rejection of a congressionally approved land swap that would have permitted a 10-mile road to run through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska....

  • White House embraces natural gas exports

    The White House endorsed expanding liquefied natural gas exports to Europe on Wednesday as part of a broad call for the continent to diversify its energy resources. "The situation in Ukraine proves the need to reinforce energy security in Europe and we are considering new collaborative efforts...

  • Congress takes up natural gas exports, with focus on the Democrats

    As Congress begins debating the export of natural gas, all eyes are on the Democrats. Three committees in the House and the Senate are scheduled to host hearings this week, beginning Tuesday, on whether the U.S. should send more natural gas abroad. The topic has been brewing on Capitol Hill...

  • Energy Department OKs natural gas export project

    The Energy Department approved a U.S. terminal to ship natural gas to nations without a free-trade agreement Monday, a move that comes amid escalating Washington pressure to expedite such projects.

  • Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz: Geopolitical concerns will matter in natural gas exports

    Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said the political crisis in Ukraine may factor into Energy Department decisions on whether to approve natural gas export projects.

  • House GOP to take aim at Obama's monument declarations

    House Republicans will attempt to handcuff President Obama's ability to declare national monuments in a move that would blunt a White House pledge to protect more wilderness. A bill from Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, on the issue could come as early as next week, Doug Heye, a spokesman for House...

  • House Oversight Committee subpoenas EPA for Pebble Mine documents

    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee subpoenaed the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday for documents concerning a controversial Alaska mine, the Washington Examiner has learned, in a move that points to increasing scrutiny of the agency's intention to block the project....

  • Environmental groups gearing up for battle over natural gas exports

    Environmental groups are stepping up their opposition to natural gas exports after boosters in Congress and the energy industry helped propel the discussion early in the Ukraine crisis.

  • South Carolina sues Energy Department over nuclear fuel project

    Supporters of a South Carolina nuclear fuel project say the Obama administration's move to halt work there would leave weapons-grade plutonium onsite and allow Russia to break a nuclear arms agreement. The state of South Carolina sued the Energy Department on Tuesday over the decision to...

  • BP to expand U.S. offshore drilling

    It didn't take long for BP to get back into the offshore drilling game. The oil giant spent $41.6 million to net 24 government contracts to expand its Gulf of Mexico drilling operations, the Interior Department announced Wednesday. It comes less than a week after an agreement was reached to...

  • Environmental groups tell Obama natural gas exports undermine climate goals

    Environmental groups fired a shot Tuesday in the growing discussion about natural gas exports as they urged President Obama to block new export terminals on climate change grounds. The flashpoint is a $3.8 billion Dominion Resources-proposed export facility in Cove Point, Md., on the...

  • House Energy and Commerce to take up natural gas exports bill

    A House subcommittee plans to hold a March 25 hearing on Rep. Cory Gardner's bill to expedite natural gas exports, the Washington Examiner has learned, in a move that underscores increasing congressional pressure to take aim at Russia as the Ukrainian crisis escalates. The House Energy and...



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