Energy & Fuel

As Hilcorp Plans to Drill in Arctic Waters, Violations Surface

"ANCHORAGE, Alaska — In the energy industry, Hilcorp has built a reputation for fast growth, big profits and making people rich. ... In regulatory circles, however, and among environmentalists, Hilcorp has become known for different reasons."

Source: InsideClimate News, 08/10/2017

"U.S. Interior Department Rescinds Coal Valuation Rule"

"The U.S. Department of the Interior said on Monday it has rescinded an Obama-era rule that reformed how energy companies value sales of oil, gas and coal extracted from federal and tribal land to protect taxpayers because it caused 'confusion and uncertainty' for energy companies."

Source: Reuters, 08/08/2017

"U.S. To Relax Rules Protecting Sage Grouse, In Win For Oil Drillers"

"The U.S. Interior Department on Monday launched an overhaul to an Obama-era plan to protect sage grouse that it says aims to both preserve the species of bird while expanding opportunities for oil development in western states where they live."

Source: Reuters, 08/08/2017

"Under Trump, Coal Mining Gets New Life on U.S. Lands"

"The Trump administration is wading into one of the oldest and most contentious debates in the West by encouraging more coal mining on lands owned by the federal government. It is part of an aggressive push to both invigorate the struggling American coal industry and more broadly exploit commercial opportunities on public lands."

Source: NY Times, 08/07/2017

"Keystone XL Pipeline Fate In Balance As Nebraska Opens Hearings"

"Nebraska regulators will hear final arguments for and against TransCanada Corp’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline this week before deciding whether to approve its route later this year, the last big hurdle for the long-delayed project after President Donald Trump gave it federal approval."

Source: Reuters, 08/07/2017

EPA Staff Forced to Work on Energy Industry’s Wish List: Ex-Official

"EPA staffers are spending their days addressing an industry wish list of changes to environmental law, according to Elizabeth Southerland, a former senior agency official who issued a scathing public farewell message when she ended her 30-year career there on Monday."

Source: The Intercept, 08/04/2017

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