Category: EPA

Oklahoma offers another $6.5 million from VW settlement fund

  In another move aimed at reducing emissions from cars and trucks, the State Department of Environmental Quality is offering $6.5 million from the Volkswagen Settlement Trust On-Road Program. DEQ said the money is available for a reimbursement program to replace or repower eligible on-road vehicles, and some vehicles are eligible for up to 100% …

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Denver’s Suncor refinery hit with new long list of pollution violations

    After making a $10.5 million settlement three years ago for pollution violations in Colorado, Suncor was hit this week with another round of violation claims by the EPA and Colorado regulators. Suncor was named in a 140-page list of alleged new violations. They were drawn up by the EPA’s regional office and accused …

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Energy briefs

** Exxon Mobil said on Monday lower natural gas prices and refining margins are expected to hit the oil major’s second-quarter earnings. The oil major would be reporting its first earnings after closing the acquisition of Pioneer Natural Resources for $60 billion, with the combined operations making it the largest oil producer in the Permian basin. ** …

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Energy briefs

** Rail cars carrying hazardous materials derailed in North Dakota on Friday and caught fire, the latest train derailment in the U.S. as concerns over railroads remain high. Twenty-nine cars of a Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) train derailed around 3:45 a.m. in a marshy area surrounded by farmland that’s about 140 miles northwest of Fargo, according to Andrew Kirking, …

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Energy briefs

** Rail cars carrying hazardous material that derailed early Friday were still burning more than 12 hours later in a remote area of North Dakota, but officials said no one was hurt and the threat to those living nearby appeared to be minimal. Twenty-nine cars of a CPKC train derailed around 3:45 a.m. in a marshy area surrounded by …

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Wyoming joins Oklahoma and others in suing over Biden’s EV mandates

  Days after Oklahoma and 24 other states sued the Biden administration over its EV mandates, another state joined the cause. Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon announced this week that Wyoming joined the  lawsuit against the Biden administration over a new rule issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration imposing new standards requiring auto manufacturers …

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Energy briefs

** The Biden administration on Tuesday announced the sale of 1 million barrels of gasoline in its latest effort to push down the price of gas which largely will impact the northeast United States ahead of Fourth of July travel. ** As the nation sizzles, the Biden administration is proposing the nation’s first-ever standards aimed …

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Chevron headlines tell the whole story—in a slanted sort of way

  When the U.S. Supreme Court recently announced its decision overturning the so-called Chevron decision and took away some regulatory powers from federal agencies and put it in the hands of courts for decision-making purposes—it was sort of a “STOP THE PRESSES!” moment for some news agencies. The way the headlines blared, it was the …

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Oklahoma and 15 other states win stay in Biden’s freeze of LNG export approvals

  In a lawsuit joined by Oklahoma several months ago against the Biden administration’s freeze on new liquefied natural gas export approvals, a federal judge this week reversed the Energy Department’s freeze. U.S. District Judge James Cain in the Western District of Louisiana issued an order late Monday that DOE’s export pause would be “stayed in …

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Energy briefs

** North Dakota officials are investigating a pipeline break that caused an oil and produced water spill.  ** A rail operator will burn off liquefied petroleum from train cars that derailed in a Chicago suburb late last week. ** Texarkana Regional Airport’s new $49 million terminal has officially opened, with local leaders hoping it will foster new development in the …

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