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AGA Calls on FERC to Narrow Proposal on Affiliate Bidding

Expressing concern that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s proposed rule on affiliate bidding could block bids that are entirely appropriate, the American Gas Association (AGA) urged the agency to revise the proposal to specifically target collusive behavior by affiliates during an open season that relies on pro rata allocation.

June 6, 2011

Utah Sues Interior Over ‘Wild Lands’

Claiming that it will harm its economy and set a bad national policy, Utah filed a lawsuit in federal court at the end of April seeking to block an order by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that created a “wild lands” designation on public lands. Salazar’s order (3310) was issued in late December.

May 16, 2011

Utah Sues Interior Secretary Over ‘Wild Lands’ Order

Claiming that it will harm its economy and set a bad national policy, Utah filed a lawsuit in federal court at the end of April seeking to block an order by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that created a “wild lands” designation on public lands. Salazar’s order (3310) was issued in late December.

May 11, 2011

Industry Brief

Elected officials at all levels of government in Pennsylvania should implement regulations to block gas extraction in “pristine places and locations near where people live or work,” said the PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center. The group said it has documented well sites within two miles of more than 320 daycare facilities, 67 schools and nine hospitals in the state. PennEnvironment also called on lawmakers to strengthen clean water laws, “halt the use of toxic chemicals” in hydraulic fracturing and increase resources available to regulators. In addition, PennEnvironment called on the federal government to “end the special treatment for the gas industry and apply the nation’s core public health and environmental laws to gas extraction, just as it would regulate any potential threat to public health or the environment.”

May 10, 2011

Critics: Interior Tossed Industry a Bone with Deepwater Permit

Approval of Noble Energy Inc.’s plans to move forward with a bypass well in the Santiago prospect in Mississippi Canyon Block 519 was a good first step, but the Interior Department needs to grease the wheels of the permitting system for drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), Capitol Hill lawmakers said last week.

May 9, 2011

Senators Urge Salazar to Accelerate GOM Permitting Process

Approval of Noble Energy’s plans to move forward with a bypass well in the Santiago prospect in Mississippi Canyon Block 519 was a good first step, but the Interior Department needs to grease the wheels of the permitting system for drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources told Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Wednesday.

March 3, 2011

Senate Bill Seeks to Strip EPA of GHG Regulatory Authority

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) Monday introduced broad legislation that seeks to block the Obama administration’s regulation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from stationary sources without specific authorization from Congress.

February 1, 2011

Chamber President Says U.S. ‘Slipping Backwards’ on Energy Policy

The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last Tuesday called on U.S. policymakers to increase producer access to the offshore, block the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) efforts to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the Clean Air Act and to rein in the regulatory tsunami.

January 17, 2011

Chamber President Says U.S. ‘Slipping Backwards’ on Energy Policy

The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Tuesday called for U.S. policymakers to increase producer access to the offshore, block the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) efforts to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the Clean Air Act and to rein in the regulatory tsunami.

January 13, 2011

Paterson Remains Undecided on New York Fracking Ban

Nearly a week after a bill that would temporarily block hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the Empire State landed on his desk, New York Gov. David Paterson has not decided if he will sign or veto the legislation.

December 10, 2010