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State Legislative Pipe Hearing Probes PG&E, Local Ties

A state lawmaker from the San Francisco Peninsula suburbs held a fact-finding subcommittee hearing Monday, prompted by safety and communications concerns between Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) and communities stunned three years ago by the San Bruno transmission pipeline rupture.

October 29, 2013

PG&E Lowers Pipe Pressure in Response to Court Order

Despite the city’s and court’s concerns, the utility maintains there is no safety risk.

October 9, 2013

Murkowski Backs U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Agreement

At a Capitol Hill hearing Tuesday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) expressed support for approving a transboundary agreement between the United States and Mexico that would govern the development of oil and natural gas resources along the two countries’ maritime boundary in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM).

October 2, 2013

Haze Rules Could Cost Wyoming Plants $1B-Plus, Governor Says

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead on Monday reiterated his dislike of the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Regional Haze Plan, noting the agency denied his state’s haze plan after entering into a consent degree with environmental group WildEarth Guardians, which had filed a lawsuit in Colorado.

August 14, 2013

Pacific Northwest Oil Rail Terminal Plan Approved

The Port of Vancouver, WA, Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a 10-year lease with a joint venture (JV) involving units of Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies for a crude oil rail terminal at the port.

July 26, 2013

Fracking DOI Secretary Walks Fine Line in House Hearing

During an oversight hearing Wednesday by the House Natural Resources Committee on U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) operations, discussion frequently — and fractiously — turned to regulation of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), with Republicans calling for states-only oversight and Democrats complaining that proposed draft federal rules fall short.

July 18, 2013

Colorado Air Regulators Mull Increased Drilling Oversight

Colorado drillers may face more scrutiny about emissions from their oil and natural operations under regulations being pondered by the state’s Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

July 10, 2013

No Frack Attack During EPA Nominee Hearing

President Obama’s nominee for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sailed through her confirmation hearing last Thursday, fielding softball questions from Democrats. The issues raised by Republicans were more pointed, but not by much. Gina McCarthy was not pressed on one of the most important issues to oil and gas — regulations pertaining to hydraulic fracturing (fracturing).

April 15, 2013

Confirmation Hearing of EPA Nominee Short on Expected Fireworks

President Obama’s nominee for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sailed through her confirmation hearing Thursday, fielding softball questions from Democrats. The issues raised by Republicans were more pointed, but not by much.

April 12, 2013

No Frack Attack During EPA Nominee Hearing

President Obama’s nominee for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) easily sailed through her confirmation hearing Thursday, fielding softball questions from Democrats. The issues raised by Republicans were more pointed, but not by much. Gina McCarthy was not pressed on hydraulic fracturing (fracturing).

April 12, 2013