Category: EPA

Inhofe presses Biden nominee about EPA’s handling of small refinery operations

  The President’s nominee to be a top EPA official faced some stiff questioning Wednesday by Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe about the administration’s energy efforts and how they affect the nation’s supply of aviation fuel. Joseph Goffman, Biden’s nominee to be Assistant Administrator of the Office of Air and Radiation at the EPA went …

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US and World headlines of other energy stories

** The White House could suspend summertime blending rules applying to all grades of gasoline in an effort to combat high prices at the pump, reported Reuters. The rules, which help reduce smog in the hotter months, require refiners and blenders to avoid lower-cost butane during the summer, though the sources said a final decision has …

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Headlines of other energy stories

** Reps. Sean Casten (D-Ill.) and Don McEachin (D-Va.) are introducing a bill to eliminate 11 tax breaks for oil and gas companies, including for marginal wells and enhanced oil recovery, to fund a $500 direct cash rebate for consumers reeling from high prices. ** President Biden seems to praise high gas prices as ‘incredible transition’ Americans must go through. …

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Other energy headlines

** President Biden announces Hyundai will spend $5.5 billion to build its first electric vehicle manufacturing plant in the U.S. near Savannah, Georgia. ** The U.S. Energy Department seeks an unprecedented expansion of high-voltage electricity lines to carry clean power by  prioritizing shovel-ready projects and seeking state support for interregional connections. ** A Spanish energy company begins construction of a 300 MW …

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Another EPA Biden nominee to face Inhofe and others this week

  Another Biden administration nominee will go before Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and others this week who sit on a Senate committee. Joe Goffman, Biden’s selection to lead the Office of Air and Radiation at the Environmental Protection Agency will appear Wednesday during his confirmation hearing to be held by the Senate Environment and …

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Energy headlines in US and the world

** U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia calls on the Biden administration to cut regulations to spur domestic energy production. ** Coal employment remains steady in Northern Appalachia, but grew nearly 14% in central Appalachia from the lows of 2020 amid high demand for steel-making coal. ** As much as 2.09 million barrels a day of gasoline, diesel and …

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Appeals court rules against New Mexico ranchers over gold mine catastrophe

  New Mexico farmers and ranchers who filed suit against a company that caused Colorado’s Gold King gold mine environmental disaster in 2015 lost their case this week with the federal appeals court in Denver, Colorado. The dozens who filed suit against Environmental Restoration, LLC, a firm hired by the EPA to do the excavation …

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US and World energy headlines

** A federal study concludes that distributed wind capacity could meet more than half of the country’s current annual electricity use. ** Baker Hughes announced that the Baker Hughes Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $.18 per share of Class A common stock payable on June 10, 2022 to holders of record on May 31, 2022. ** An Arkansas court issues a ruling generally …

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Headlines of more energy stories

**  The cancellation of three offshore drilling lease sales this week has injected a degree of uncertainty into the future of offshore drilling reported The Hill. The canceled auctions mean there are no sales now scheduled, and it’s unclear precisely when that will change. The Interior Department is working on a new leasing plan, but it has not said …

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Mullin and others to grill EPA Administrator over budget request

  If it’s Tuesday, then EPA Administrator Michael Regan will face some budget questions from Oklahoma Congressman Markwayne Mullin and others on a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep. Mullin, a Republican, sits on the committee’s Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee and will review Regan’s $11.9 billion budget request during a hearing …

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