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September 19, 2014

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September 18, 2014

Moniz Unveiled

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Photo courtesy of the Energy Department

CQ Roll Call’s Geof Koss sat down with Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz earlier this summer to discuss his relationship with Congress, as we mentioned last week. The whole story is now available outside the paywall.

Enjoy.

September 17, 2014

Senate Passes Oil and Gas Permitting Bill

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Oil wells in Railroad Valley, southwest of Ely, Nev. (Bureau of Land Management)

If you blinked, you missed it.

Tuesday the Senate passed a measure to expand a permitting program for oil and gas drilling on federal and Indian trust land. Full story

September 16, 2014

Senators Launch National Laboratory Caucus

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Fermilab’s Wilson Hall (Energy Department)

A bipartisan group of senators are launching an effort to support the work of the national laboratory system. Full story

Sanctions Could Freeze ExxonMobil’s Arctic Exploration

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A Russian oil production platform. (URSULA HYZY/AFP/Getty Images)

The latest round of sanctions on Russia is expected to affect an ExxonMobil project in the Kara Sea that started last month and had skirted previous restrictions. Full story

September 12, 2014

Moniz’s Congressional Straddle

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Moniz fishing for salmon in Alaska with Verne Martell, Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s husband. (Energy Department)

Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz is embraced by members on both sides of the aisle while straddling the contentious divide over energy and environment issues, CQ Roll Call’s Geof Koss reports in the forthcoming copy of CQ Weekly (subscription). Full story

September 11, 2014

Enviro Groups Decry Enbridge Tar Sands Workaround

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Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Conservation groups are outraged by the State Department’s acceptance of Enbridge’s move to increase shipment of Canadian oil derived from Alberta bituminous sand by moving heavy crude to another line to cross the border from Canada – but unlike with the Keystone XL Pipeline, there does not appear to be much recourse. Full story

Coal Production is Doing What?

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With coal job cuts grabbing the headlines, here are some unexpected facts on coal mining production and employment. Full story

September 10, 2014

Oil and Gas Disputes Central to Scotland’s Independence Move

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Protesters on both sides of the Scotish referendum in Glasgow Wednesday.
(Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Next week Scottish voters will determine if they will cut ties from England, a move motivated in part by a desire to claim a larger share of energy revenue but which could have ramifications for oil and gas companies operating there as well as global markets. Full story

Understanding Bakken Oil Flammability

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Firefighters douse blazes after a freight train loaded with oil derailed in Lac-Megantic in Canada’s Quebec province in July 2013. (François Laplante-Delagrave/AFP/Getty Images)

Explosive train derailments in recent years have raised the question about the characteristics of Bakken crude oil. The Department of Transportation reported in July that Bakken oil could be more volatile than other types of crude produced in the United States. The popular usage of the term volatility causes confusion when talking about chemistry, even for some members of the House Space, Science and Technology Committee. Full story

September 9, 2014

Oil Boom Benefiting Everyone But Oil Producers?

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Andrew Burton/Getty Images

The oil boom in North Dakota, Texas and other states has had clear economic impacts as seen in jobs reports and the international trade balance. Full story

Labeling Tar Sands Products at the Pump

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Environmental groups are urging governors in Northeast states to provide sourcing information to let consumers to know whether the gasoline they’re putting in their vehicles is derived from tar sands oil, which has sparked protests over higher carbon content. Full story

September 3, 2014

Shell Takes Steps to Renew Arctic Oil Effort

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Source: U.S. Geological Survey

A major oil company wants to keep its options open for tapping polar reserves off the coast of Alaska. Full story

By Randy Leonard Posted at 4:32 p.m.
Oil

August 25, 2014

Understanding Enbridge’s Oil Sands Pipeline Tactic From Canada

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A pipeline company intends to connect two pipelines in order to add more than 300,000 barrels per day of capacity to cross into the United States from Canada without waiting for the kind of permit that has hampered the Keystone XL Pipeline. Full story

By Randy Leonard Posted at 10:14 a.m.
Oil, Transportation

August 4, 2014

Skirting Keystone XL Pipeline

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An oil tanker passes up the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish June 2008.
(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

As the Keystone XL pipeline lingers in legal limbo, companies are finding new ways beyond rail to move tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to refiners in the Gulf Coast and elsewhere. Full story

By Randy Leonard Posted at 3:39 p.m.
Oil, Transportation

August 1, 2014

Senators Push for Propane Supply Safeguards

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Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration with Thomson Reuters data.

Midwestern senators introduced a bill Thursday intended to avoid a repeat of the heating situation this bitter cold winter when propane supplies dwindled and prices skyrocketed. Full story

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