Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, have called on FERC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to execute more robust memorandums of understanding (MOU) to resolve their jurisdictional disputes, which the lawmakers said are hampering oversight of the nation’s energy markets.
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Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who represent major offshore oil and natural gas producing states, are expected to introduce legislation Wednesday aimed at capturing a greater share of the revenues for the coastal states.
Montana Democratic Sens. Jon Tester and Max Baucus reintroduced the North Fork Watershed Protection Act last week to protect part of the state’s remote northwest from new oil and gas development and mining. The bill would help fulfill a 2010 trans-border agreement between former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer and former British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell.
In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator (EPA) Lisa Jackson Thursday, Republican Sens. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma and David Vitter of Louisiana blasted the agency’s decision to again delay the public comment period on the controversial draft report examining groundwater contamination near Pavillion, WY.
The bill (H.R. 4606), which cleared the House by 286-10, was sponsored by Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT), whose term expires at the end of the year, and was supported by Montana Democratic Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester. It allows maintenance work on a 3 1/2-mile section of pipeline, which was built in the 1950s, that runs through Glacier National Park lands. It is part of an 118-mile pipeline system that serves about 25,000 people and runs parallel to U.S. Highway 2 along Glacier’s southern boundary.
Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Mark Begich (D-AK) have reintroduced legislation designed to streamline development of an in-state natural gas pipeline in Alaska by allowing its passage through a national park.
Energy and climate change legislation recently unveiled by Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) last month would cut energy bills, decrease emissions and create as many as 540,000 jobs per year though 2030, according to a pair of studies released last Tuesday by the senators.
Energy and climate change legislation recently unveiled by Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) last month would cut energy bills, decrease emissions and create as many as 540,000 jobs per year though 2030, according to a pair of studies released Tuesday by the senators.