Category: Energy

What’s the Real Story with Coal, Regulations, and Energy?

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has been echoing President Donald Trump’s claims that the administration is paving the way for a resurgence of the coal mining sector and the use of coal as a cheap, abundant, and reliable source of energy. In an article written for The Washington Times and posted on EPA’s News Release site, […]

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Obama’s Drilling Ban Reversed

A mere 4 months after President Barack Obama banned energy development in tens of millions of acres of the Arctic Ocean, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) stating that leasing to energy companies in those areas will be resumed “to the maximum extent permitted by law.” The EO applies the same open leasing […]

Nuclear Waste

Yucca Mountain Gets Another Look from Trump and Congress

The Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository in Nevada, a project essentially abandoned by the Obama administration, would get a new infusion of funding in President Donald Trump’s Budget Blueprint. Specifically, the president is requesting that Congress authorize $120 million to restart licensing activities for the project and also initiate a “robust interim storage program.”

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Pruitt Reinforces Trump’s Commitment to Coal

Supporting coal mining through elimination of federal rules that hamper growth may be the biggest environmental deregulatory strategy so far advanced by the Trump administration. The President signed his March 28, 2017, Executive Order (EO) (Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth) with a group of coal-company executives and miners behind him and told them they […]

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Pennsylvania to Perry: Save the WAP

The heads of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) have written to Energy Secretary Rick Perry, urging the Trump administration to preserve federal funding for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and State Energy Program (SEP).


Zinke’s DOI Issues Secretarial Energy Orders

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wasted no time releasing the details of the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) plan to comply with President Donald Trump’s Executive Order (EO) on energy (Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth).

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UT Study: Fracking Small Contributor to Methane in Water

Methane, the major component of natural gas, is a key component of the Texas economy. This has prompted interest in the state in a recently released study by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, who found that hydraulic fracturing has little impact on methane in drinking water wells in the Fort Worth area.


Permit for Keystone XL Issued by State Department

On Friday, March 24, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and TransCanada Corporation jointly announced that DOS has issued a Presidential Permit, which gives the company federal approval to construct, connect, operate, and maintain the Keystone XL pipeline.

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O&G Information Request Withdrawn By Pruitt

An information collection request (ICR) sent by the Obama EPA, which sought data on methane emissions from existing oil and gas (O&G) facilities, has been withdrawn by Administrator Scott Pruitt. In a brief notice, Pruitt says the ICR is being withdrawn because the “EPA would like to assess the need for the information the Agency […]

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Hydrocarbon Gases and Vapors Threaten Oil and Gas Workers

Between 2010 and 2014, nine workers in the oil and gas industry died of what were initially determined to be “natural causes.” But the explanation was unsatisfactory—the men were young and healthy and had been found dead for no apparent reason after working alone, either gauging fluid levels or drawing samples from oilfield tanks.