Energy & Fuel

Potential Conflicts Spotlight Concerns Over Trump Appointments

As President Trump continues to fill environment and energy leadership positions in 2018, one source of stories will be potential conflicts of interest for appointed regulators and agency leaders. This week's TipSheet runs down more than 20 key appointments to watch at EPA, Interior, Ag, Energy and more.

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What Oil Drilling Looks Like in the Arctic Refuge, 30 Years Later

"These satellite images of a small part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge show the site of what, so far, is the only oil well ever drilled in the refuge, an exploratory well known as KIC-1 that was completed in the mid-1980s. The well was plugged and abandoned, and the drilling equipment and a special timber pad it sat on have long since been removed."

Source: NY Times, 12/18/2017

"Tax Bill Largely Preserves Incentives for Wind and Solar Power"

"The final text of the Republican tax bill made public Friday largely preserves key tax credits for wind and solar power and electric vehicles, reversing language in earlier versions that could have slowed the growth of renewable energy across the United States."

Source: NY Times, 12/18/2017

Bayou Bridge Pipeline Gets Army Corps Permit For Louisiana Right Of Way

"The controversial Bayou Bridge Pipeline has been granted a permit by the New Orleans District office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to cross southern Louisiana between Nederland, Texas, and St. James Parish, including wetland areas across the Atchafalaya River Basin, the corps announced late Thursday (Dec. 14)."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 12/15/2017

"Pipelines: Atlantic Coast Project Stopped Short By Unexpected Va. Vote"

"Virginia regulators unexpectedly tossed the fate of the Atlantic Coast pipeline project up in the air yesterday, as what was widely expected to be a vote to let the natural gas pipeline proceed instead raised new questions about the project's timing and next steps forward."

Source: EnergyWire, 12/14/2017


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