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  1. Alaska’s delegation asks Obama not to take a parting OCS policy shot

    Alaska’s three-member congressional delegation—US Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young—reiterated their strong opposition to US President Barack Obama’s possibly withdrawing more of the state’s offshore acreage from future oil and gas leasing under Section 12(a) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA). The three Republican federal lawmakers encouraged the president in a Dec. 8 letter to act in accordance with the law’s intent by recognizing that OCSLA already ensures responsible development, honoring deeply held promises the federal government made to Alaskans under the Alaska National Interests Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), and support Arctic development instead. “President Obama has canceled lease sales, made permits all but impossible to acquire, and excluded Arctic basins from the next offshore leasing plan. That’s more than enough damage for one administration,” said Murkowski, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Sullivan, meanwhile, said, “After the recent election, the president needs to listen to the American people and stop kowtowing to extreme environmental activists at the expense of America’s economic and energy security and good paying jobs for tens of thousands across the country.” The delegation said it believes withdrawing acreage within the Arctic OCS using Section 12(a) is unwarranted and unnecessary. It said that Alaska’s governor, the leadership of the North Slope and Northwest Arctic boroughs, the majority of the tribal leadership representing Alaska Natives who live in the Arctic, a supermajority of the state legislature, and an overwhelming majority of Alaskans support responsible development, rather than withdrawals, within these areas. “At a time when Alaskan families and businesses are asking for economic certainty, this administration continues to throw up roadblocks and red tape in the hopes of solidifying its legacy with some of the most extreme environmental groups,” said Young. “Rest assured, we will take the steps necessary to pave the path for an energy policy and plan that truly allows Alaska and the nation to develop its robust natural resource potential.” They sent their letter to Obama weeks after the US Department of the Interior released a proposed final program for the 2017-22 US Outer Continental Shelf management plan that deleted previously scheduled oil and gas lease sales in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off Alaska’s coast ( OGJ Online, Nov. 21, 2016 ). Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com .

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016

  2. GOP members of Congress look forward to reforming federal policies

    US Senate and House Republicans anticipate working well with President-elect Donald J. Trump’s administration to reverse energy and environmental policies and regulations they believe were imposed unconstitutionally during Barack Obama ’s presidency and earlier, four GOP federal lawmakers said on ...

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  3. Donald Trump to Pick Scott Pruitt to Lead EPA

    Pruitt, a Republican, has been a key figure in the legal battle against President Barak Obama ’s climate change policies, including the Clean Power Plan.

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  4. Two OCS planning areas withdrawn off Alaska

    US President Barack Obama has withdrawn 40,300 sq miles of the Outer Continental Shelf off western Alaska from oil and gas leasing.

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016

  1. Trump picks Oklahoma’s attorney general to be next EPA administrator

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  2. Viewpoint: Trump does away with EPA by appointing Pruitt as EPA administrator

    Hydro Group editor Michael Harris looks at President-elect Donald Trump's appointment of Scott Pruitt to administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and what that could mean for the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  3. Oil and Gas: Environmental groups seek to defend federal methane rule

    Environmental groups are seeking to defend a new federal rule that would restrict how oil companies burn off excess natural gas extracted from public lands.

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  4. Oil Pipeline: Cantwell urges spill protections after Canada pipeline OK'd

    U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell is urging stronger measures to protect Washington state from oil spills after Canada's government approved a pipeline expansion project that would dramatically increase oil tankers through the Salish Sea.

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016

  5. NAM submits energy policy recommendations to incoming administration

    The National Association of Manufacturers called for more research and development to improve energy efficiency, reduced regulatory barriers to energy development and transportation, and maintenance of a reliable electrical grid in energy policy recommendations it submitted to US President-elect ...

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  6. Trump floats longtime EPA foe Pruitt to head that agency

    Pruitt, 48, has been a reliable booster of the fossil fuel industry and an outspoken critic of what he derides as the EPA's "activist agenda." 

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  7. Good sign for coal power as natural gas prices rise

    It hasn’t been a bad couple of months, relatively speaking, for the domestic coal industry on both policy and market developments

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  8. Cantwell states concern after Canada approves Trans-Mountain line

    US Sen. Maria E. Cantwell (D-Wash.) expressed concern over a possible crude-oil spill in waters between her state and British Columbia after Canada’s federal government approved Kinder Morgan Canada’s proposed pipeline from Alberta to Burnaby, BC, near Vancouver.

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

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