Energy & Fuel

State AGs Are Spoiling For A Fight Over Trump’s Offshore Drilling Plan

"As Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke prepared to travel to the Carolinas to discuss offshore drilling, state attorneys general condemned the Trump administration’s plan to expand development of oil and gas in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans as “outrageous” and “reckless.”"

Source: Washington Post, 02/06/2018

"Public Lands: Interior Proposal Throws Doubt On Calif. Renewable Zone"

"The Interior Department is exploring making wholesale changes to a massive California desert renewable energy zone that could lead to opening environmentally sensitive areas designated for conservation to possible commercial-scale wind, solar and geothermal power projects."

Source: Greenwire, 02/02/2018

EPA Chief Riles Ethanol Advocates With Call For Biofuels Policy Reform

"The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday that the recent bankruptcy of a Pennsylvania oil refiner was evidence the nation’s biofuel policy needs an overhaul in comments that infuriated biofuels advocates."

Source: Reuters, 02/02/2018

Gov. Rejects Shutdown of Great Lakes Oil Pipeline That's Losing Coating

"Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has rejected the recommendation of an independent pipeline safety advisory board to shut down an aging crude oil pipeline that has been losing sections of its protective coating where it crosses beneath the Great Lakes."

Source: InsideClimate News, 02/02/2018

Toxic Coal Ash Pits Leaching Into Illinois' Only National Scenic River

"Seven years after Dynegy Inc. scrapped one of the last coal plants in downstate Illinois, environmental groups are accusing the company of failing to prevent toxic waste stored nearby from seeping into the state’s only National Scenic River."

Source: Chicago Tribune, 02/01/2018

"White House Seeks 72 Percent Cut To Clean Energy Research"

"The Trump administration is poised to ask Congress for deep budget cuts to the Energy Department’s renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, slashing them by 72 percent overall in fiscal 2019, according to draft budget documents obtained by The Washington Post."

Source: Washington Post, 02/01/2018


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