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Rumors Circulate About Possible Powelson Replacement at FERC

As Robert Powelson’s tenure at FERC enters its final hours, rumors are circulating about a possible replacement, with Bernard McNamee, executive director of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Policy, topping the list.

August 9, 2018

Trump’s FERC, DOE Nominees Welcomed by Senate Committee

There was little controversy and plenty of goodwill for a trio of Trump administration nominees to FERC and the Department of Energy (DOE) Thursday when they appeared at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

May 25, 2017

Senate Committee Welcomes Trump’s FERC, DOE Nominees

There was little controversy and plenty of goodwill for a trio of Trump administration nominees to FERC and the Department of Energy (DOE) Thursday when they appeared at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

May 25, 2017

Senate Energy Committee Advances Zinke, Perry Nominations

While Senate Democrats boycotted votes for some of President Trump’s other cabinet picks, his nominees to lead the Department of Energy (DOE) and Interior (DOI) sailed through the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Tuesday with bipartisan support.

January 31, 2017

Binz Asks Obama to Withdraw His Nomination to FERC

Amid controversy over his pro-renewable energy and anti-fossil fuel sentiments, former Colorado regulator Ron Binz has asked President Obama to withdraw his name from further consideration as a nominee for FERC chairman.

October 2, 2013

People

Occidental Petroleum Corp. (Oxy) Chairman Ray Irani withdrew as a nominee to serve another term on the board of directors, and he was a no-show for the company’s annual meeting in Santa Monica, CA, on Friday (May 3), Oxy said. Edward Djerejian, a former U.S. diplomat who served as an ambassador to Israel and who is a former assistant secretary of State, is assuming the role of independent chairman. He has been an independent director since 1996. Spencer Abraham, the former secretary of Energy for President George W. Bush, was elected independent vice chairman. Irani, 78, had worked at Oxy since 1978, taking over as chairman and CEO in 1990 after founder Armand Hammer died. Irani, who had planned to retire in 2014, had turned over the CEO post two years ago to Steve Chazen, 66, who had served in the executive suite since 1994. Earlier this year Irani had attempted to oust Chazen, which led to criticism by major shareholders. However, days ago the board said Chazen would remain CEO through 2014 “with full board support.”

May 6, 2013

Investor Revolt Sends Oxy Chairman Irani Packing

Occidental Petroleum Corp. (Oxy) Chairman Ray Irani on Friday withdrew as a nominee to serve another term on the board of directors, and he was a no-show for the company’s annual meeting in Santa Monica, CA, Oxy said.

May 6, 2013

Marketplace ‘Best Determiner’ on LNG Exports, Says Industry

With the federal government continuing to drag its feet on applications for exporting domestic liquefied natural gas (LNG) — and President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Energy (DOE) hedging his bets on the issue — some industry officials contend that regulatory agencies may not be the best place to decide how many of those facilities should operate.

April 22, 2013

Industry Awaits DOE Decisions on LNG Export Applications

With the federal government continuing to drag its feet on applications for exporting domestic liquefied natural gas (LNG) — and President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Energy (DOE) hedging his bets on the issue — some industry officials contend that regulatory agencies may not be the best place to decide how many of those facilities should operate.

April 17, 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
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