Keystone Pipeline

Keystone Pipeline

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Recently, the Obama Administration announced it will extend a key review period of the Keystone XL Pipeline indefinitely. Most political pundits think this delay will push a decision until after the 2014 mid-term elections, which could signal the Administration’s intent to not approve the project. However, in its announcement, the State Department cited ongoing litigation in the Nebraska Supreme Court (which could re-route the pipeline) and additional time needed to review an unprecedented number of public comments received during the most recent comment period.…

EPA Seeks Stakeholder Input

EPA RFS Hearing 12-5-13

EPA Seeks Stakeholder Input on Authorities Under RFS and Biofuel Marketing

On December 5 officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) heard from about 140 witnesses consisting of individual consumers, oil companies, convenience store operators, livestock and crop producers during a hearing on their proposal to reduce the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).…

Bipartisan Camaraderie On Energy Panels Suggest Progress in 113th

Or. Democrat Ron Wyden

Ron Wyden, Or. Democrat

Recent bipartisan camaraderie expressed among incoming US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and leaders in the U.S. House like Ed Whitfield (R-KY) Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Power, is encouraging for potential movement of important energy legislation during the 113th Congress.

For instance the U.S. maintains an abundant supply of natural gas and steps are needed to help make it a viable portion of the nation’s multiple energy-generating sources.  Policies are needed to foster natural gas production and congressional leaders serving on the House and Senate energy panels indicate that differences over environmental concerns like hydraulic fracturing can be worked out.…