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  1. Oil and Gas: Pipeline exec compares Dakota protesters to terrorists

    This aerial photo shows the Oceti Sakowin camp, where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access pipeline on federal land, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in Cannon Ball, N.D. A federal judge on Monday refused to stop construction on the last stretch of the Dakota Access pipeline, which is progressing much faster than expected. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A top executive at the company building the controversial Dakota Access pipeline on Wednesday compared pipeline opponents to terrorists. Joey Mahmoud, executive vice president of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners , said protesters have "assaulted numerous pipeline personnel," destroyed millions of dollars' worth of construction equipment and even fired a pistol at law enforcement during months of demonstrations against the 1,200-mile pipeline, which will carry North Dakota oil to an Illinois terminal. Mahmoud said in written testimony to Congress that the protest movement "induced individuals to break into and shut down pump stations on four operational pipelines. Had these actions been undertaken by foreign nationals, they could only be described as acts of terrorism." Mahmoud omitted the comment about terrorism as he read his testimony aloud to a House energy subcommittee Wednesday. The comment was included in written remarks submitted to the panel. The chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux , one of two tribes suing to stop the project, called Mahmoud's comments unfair. "The majority of them are there in prayer," Chairman Harold Frazier said of pipeline opponents. "From what I've seen (law enforcement officers) are the terrorists." Law enforcement has used tactics such as rubber bullets, tear gas and water sprays against protesters during clashes in southern North Dakota near the pipeline route, Frazier said, adding that he personally has been hit by rubber bullets and tear gas. Mahmoud, the pipeline executive, also blasted the Obama administration, which twice delayed the project last year. "The Department of the Interior, and most likely senior members of the White House staff, interfered deeply and inappropriately in the waning stages of the regulatory process," he told lawmakers. "Even a company as large as Energy Transfer is helpless in the face of a government which will neither obey nor enforce the law." Mahmoud called the delays "politically motivated actions" that were "accompanied by a host of half-truths and misrepresentations in both social and mainstream media." Mahmoud also targeted the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose reservation lies near the pipeline's route and who say the pipeline threatens their water supply and tribal artifacts. The company reached out to the tribe more than two years ago but has been continually rebuffed, Mahmoud said, adding that the project poses little threat to drinking water. The pipeline will be at least the 15th to cross the Missouri River, will employ state-of-the-art technology and will be buried more than 90 feet below the river, he said. "To cast this as a dispute about protection of water resources is, quite simply, at variance with the facts, and it ignores universally accepted scientific and engineering practices," he said. Chad Harrison, a councilman at-large for the Standing Rock Sioux, said the pipeline company and the government ignored the tribe's concerns for almost three years before the Obama administration paused the project last September. On Dec. 4, then-assistant Army secretary for civil works, Jo-Ellen Darcy, declined to issue an easement, saying a broader environmental study was warranted. "To be clear, the tribe does not oppose economic development, energy independence or protecting our national security," Harrison said. "What we oppose is development that is undertaken without our consent and in such a way that our community, our people, our cultural sites and our natural resources are put at the most risk. We are the ones who will pay the cost when something goes wrong." Mahmoud declined to comment after Wednesday's hearing, ignoring shouted questions as he walked away. A federal judge on Monday refused to stop construction on the last stretch of the pipeline, which could be operational as soon as next month. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled that as long as oil isn't flowing through the pipeline, there is no imminent harm to the two tribes. Another hearing is scheduled on Feb. 27.

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    Fri, 17 Feb 2017

  2. Oil and Gas: Congress kills rule forcing payment disclosures by companies

    Congress has passed legislation ending an Obama-era regulation that's required oil and gas companies to disclose payments to the U.S. or foreign governments for commercial development.

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    Fri, 3 Feb 2017

  3. Coal News: Congressional Republicans move to dismantle Obama rules

    Moving to dismantle former President Barack Obama's legacy on the environment and other issues, House Republicans approved a measure Wednesday that scuttles a regulation aimed at preventing coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby streams.

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    Fri, 3 Feb 2017

  4. Oil and Gas: House votes to overturn Obama rule on natural gas 'flaring'

    The Republican-controlled House voted on Friday to overturn an Obama administration rule that sought to reduce harmful methane emissions into the environment, part of the Democratic president's campaign to combat climate change.

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    Sat, 4 Feb 2017

  1. Oil and Gas: Seattle to cut ties with Wells Fargo over oil pipeline

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    Thu, 9 Feb 2017

  2. Coal News: Underground fires, toxins in unfunded cleanup of old mines

    An underground coal mine fire burns beneath a sprawling hillside in West Virginia, the pale, acrid smoke rising from gashes in the scarred, muddy earth only a stone's throw from some houses.

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    Tue, 31 Jan 2017

  3. Two bills introduced to expand hydroelectric power in Alaska

    U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan have introduced two bills designed to expand hydroelectric power in Alaska.

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    Mon, 30 Jan 2017

  4. Oil and Gas: Tribal chairman decries Dakota Access protesters' new camp

    Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters who tried to set up a new camp on private land undermined the Standing Rock Sioux tribe's efforts to stop the $3.8 billion project, tribal Chairman Dave Archambault says.

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    Sat, 4 Feb 2017

  5. Dominion to gain 'Energy' with new name, rebranding

    Dominion Resources, Inc. intends to change its name to Dominion Energy, Inc., in recognition of its focus on the evolving energy marketplace and to unify its brand following last year's merger with Questar Corporation.

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    Tue, 7 Feb 2017

  6. House majority leader targets methane, foreign payment rules

    Declaring “perhaps no aspect of America’s economy has been as overregulated as energy,” Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said the US House will begin work to repeal, under the Congressional Review Act, the US Bureau of Land Management’s methane venting and flaring rule and the Security and ...

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    Mon, 30 Jan 2017

  7. EPA risk management rule is problematic, trade groups tell Congress

    The American Petroleum Institute, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, US Chamber of Commerce and 18 other business groups asked congressional leaders to use the Congressional Review Act to disapprove the US Environmental Protection Agency’s final risk management practices rule covering ...

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    Thu, 26 Jan 2017

  8. Energy Industry: Interior nominee Zinke to be quizzed on public lands, coal

    Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke says he would never sell, give away or transfer public lands, a crucial stance in his home state of Montana and the West where access to hunting and fishing is considered sacrosanct.

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    Wed, 18 Jan 2017

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