Category: EPA

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** The city of Chicago is suing five oil and gas companies and a trade group that represents them over their role in contributing to climate change and its effects, arguing that the companies have misled the public about how the use of fossil fuels affects city residents’ well-being. ** Ray Starling, who served as …

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Ethanol plants ask to develop carbon sequestration projects in Kansas

  They will need approval from the Environmental Protection Agency, but two ethanol companies hope to construct the first carbon sequestration sites in the state of Kansas. Carbon sequestration involves the creation of deep underground wells where carbon dioxide emissions are pumped and removed from the atmosphere. It’s a controversial process that is favored by …

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** A U.S. district court granted the federal government’s request to indefinitely pause a trial concerning a major petrochemical plant in Louisiana, despite the Biden administration’s insistence that the facility poses an imminent health threat. ** Over the past week, some new Tesla Cybertruck owners have taken to social media to complain about what they say …

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** A group of truck drivers who support former President Trump have announced they will not be driving to New York City as a means of expressing their disappointment with the civil fraud judgment that fined Trump more than $350 million last week. ** Federal regulators deny proposed pumped hydropower storage projects’ permits on the Navajo Nation and establish …

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** U.S. natural gas producers are slashing spending and reducing drilling activity following a sharp decline in prices, companies said this week during earnings presentations and analyst calls. ** House Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, cheered the news that multiple major U.S. banks and financial institutions are leaving a $68 trillion climate alliance founded at the …

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** The FBI began tracking Native American opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline as early as 2012 as part of a sweeping law enforcement strategy to counter civil disobedience aimed at fossil fuels. ** A federal trial begins this week in North Dakota to determine whether the U.S. government will reimburse the state for emergency response costs related to …

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Lucas questions influence of environmental activist groups on Biden administration

  Just how much influence do environmental activist groups carry with the Biden White House? Are they in essence writing some of the controversial new rules? It’s a question Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas wants answered in his capacity as chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. California Republican Rep. Jay Obernolte, chair …

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Cow manure is focus of efforts to overturn EPA proposed rule

  Forty-six U.S.House members, Democrats and Republicans alike, signed a letter this week to the EPA asking it not to force America’s farmers to report air emissions on manure. You know….cow and horse poop or chicken litter. The kind of stuff that covers your boots when you walk through a barnyard or feed lot. Yes, …

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** Exxon and Canada-based crude pipeline operator Enbridge were sued in Illinois federal court on Tuesday over claims they barred a competitor from building a terminal to ship oil by barge from the Chicago area to refineries in the Midwest and Gulf of Mexico. ** House Small Business Committee Chair Roger Williams, R-Texas, is demanding answers …

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** The top five Western oil and gas firms – BP, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Shell and TotalEnergies – returned to shareholders over $111 billion in dividends and share repurchases in 2023, according to Reuters calculation. ** US oil output will expand by only 160,000 barrels per day this year, a dramatic slowdown from the 1.02 …

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