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  1. Coal News: In EPA rebuke, judge orders quick evaluation on coal jobs

      CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has ordered federal regulators to quickly evaluate how many power plant and coal mining jobs are lost because of air pollution regulations. U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey in Wheeling made the ruling after reviewing a response from outgoing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. McCarthy had responded to the judge's previous order in a lawsuit brought against her by Murray Energy Corp. that the EPA must start doing an analysis that it hadn't done in decades. According to Wednesday's order, McCarthy asserted it would take the agency up to two years to devise a methodology to use to try to comply with the earlier ruling. "This response is wholly insufficient, unacceptable, and unnecessary," Bailey wrote. The judge said the EPA is required by law to analyze the economic impact on a continuing basis when enforcing the Clean Air Act and McCarthy's response "evidences the continued hostility on the part of the EPA to acceptance of the mission established by Congress." Bailey ordered the EPA to identify facilities harmed by the regulations during the Obama presidency by July 1. That includes identifying facilities at risk of closure or reductions in employment. The EPA had contended that analyzing job loss won't change global energy trends. The judge also set a Dec. 31 deadline for the EPA to provide documentation on how it is continuously evaluating the loss and shifts in employment that may result from administration and enforcement of the Clean Air Act. The EPA said it was reviewing the ruling, first reported by the Wheeling Intelligencer and News-Register. A Murray Energy spokesman didn't immediately offer comment. Murray Energy and other coal companies have blamed thousands of layoffs this decade on President Barack Obama's anti-global-warming push that imposes limits on carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. The U.S. Supreme Court has delayed implementation of Obama's Clean Power Plan until legal challenges are resolved. West Virginia's economy is reliant on coal mining and gets 96 percent of its electricity from coal-fired plants. McCarthy has said no administration has interpreted federal law to require job impact analysis for rulemaking since 1977. She said the most that the EPA does is "conduct proactive analysis of the employment effects of our rulemaking actions," but that has not included investigating power plant and mine closures and worker dislocations on an ongoing basis, according to the order. Bailey wrote that the EPA can recommend amendments to Congress if it feels strongly enough. "EPA does not get to decide whether compliance with (the law) is good policy, or would lead to too many difficulties for the agency," Bailey wrote. "It is time for the EPA to recognize that Congress makes the law, and EPA must not only enforce the law, it must obey it." President-elect Donald Trump's EPA nominee, Scott Pruitt, has repeatedly sued the EPA since becoming Oklahoma's attorney general in 2011, including joining with other Republican attorneys general in opposing the Clean Power Plan.

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    Sat, 14 Jan 2017

  2. Oil and Gas: Oil pipeline safety rule scaled back after cost objections

    President Barack Obama's administration scaled back new safety measures for the sprawling network of fuel pipelines that crisscross the United States on Friday, following oil industry complaints that proposed changes would cost companies billions of dollars.

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    Tue, 17 Jan 2017

  3. API official lists policy areas for upcoming confirmation hearings

    US senators considering nominees to lead the US Departments of the Interior and Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency should ask about ways policies can be improved to create jobs, benefit consumers, and improve the general economy and domestic energy security, an American Petroleum ...

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    Fri, 13 Jan 2017

  4. Renewable Energy: Military's shift away from oil clashes with Trump's promises

    At a sprawling desert base, a Marine recharged his radio's batteries simply by walking, while nearby fellow troops examined a rocket artillery system and a drone — both powered by the sun.

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    Tue, 17 Jan 2017

  1. US Chamber chief calls for regulatory reform to fuel economic growth

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    Wed, 11 Jan 2017

  2. Coal News: McConnell outlines environmental wish-list for Trump action

    The top Republican in the Senate outlined a series of actions he hopes President-elect Donald Trump will take to overturn environmental regulations imposed by President Barack Obama, including a rule to protect streams from coal-mining debris.

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    Thu, 12 Jan 2017

  3. Coal News: US seeks changes to coal program, but Trump could alter path

    U.S. officials said Wednesday that a yearlong review shows coal sales from public lands need to be modernized to deal with climate change and give taxpayers a fair return, but it's uncertain whether the incoming Trump administration will follow through.

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    Fri, 13 Jan 2017

  4. Energy chief: Bid to revive Nevada nuclear waste dump doomed

    Any effort to revive the long-dormant nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain is doomed to fail because the project lacks support from elected officials in the state, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Wednesday.

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    Fri, 13 Jan 2017

  5. Proposal could modify Reclamation dam safety, approval processes

    A bill introduced to the House of Representatives last week includes a number of provisions related to Bureau of Reclamation project streamlining, water supplies, reservoir and storage construction, and dam safety improvements.

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    Wed, 11 Jan 2017

  6. Oil and Gas: US cancels final 2 energy leases in area sacred to tribes

    U.S. officials on Tuesday announced the cancellation of the final two oil and gas leases in a wilderness area bordering Glacier National Park that's sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of Montana and Canada, more than three decades after the tribes said the leases were illegally sold.

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    Thu, 12 Jan 2017

  7. BLM amends oil shale rule to let royalty rates be set lease-by-lease

    The US Bureau of Land Management announced final amendments to federal oil share regulations that give the Secretary of the Interior flexibility in setting rates lease-by-lease and require oil shale operations to include environmental protection plans.

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    Wed, 11 Jan 2017

  8. State officials wanted OCS off California included in permanent ban

    California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and Coastal Commission Chair Dayna Bochco each asked US President Barack Obama on Dec. 13 to add federal waters off the state’s coast to portions of the US Outer Continental Shelf he permanently closed to future oil and gas activity a week later under Section 12-A of ...

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    Wed, 28 Dec 2016

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