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EPA defends controversial biofuels program at U.S. Senate hearing

WASHINGTON – The U.S. environmental regulator on Thursday defended its handling of the nation’s controversial renewable fuels program at a congressional hearing, the first since its new biofuels targets last month provoked a furor among corn farmers and oil refiners. At the hearing by the Senate subcommittee on regulatory affairs and federal management, U.S. lawmakers criticized the agency for years-long ...

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Coal industry finds comfort in pope’s encyclical

4:04 p.m. (1404 GMT, 10:04 a.m. EDT) Not only environmental activists and renewable energy advocates are celebrating Pope Francis’ strong message on climate change. Even the coal industry found something they like. The World Coal Association highlighted the pope’s emphasis on helping the poor as a crucial part of the fight against climate change. WCA chief executive Benjamin Sporton told ...

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Fracking in Denton mobilizes man, 92-year-old mother

Two individuals have been arrested Tuesday morning in Denton, Texas, for trespassing on a natural gas well site. Theron Palmer and his 92-year-old mother, Violet Palmer, were both seated near the gas well, according to the Denton Record-Chronicle. Mr. Palmer had chained himself and his folding chair to the gate while his mother sat next to him in a rocking ...

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India seeks to use its oil thirst to drive bargains

NEW DELHI – India is trying to use its position as one of the world’s biggest energy consumers to strike better bargains for its companies with oil exporting nations, in a marked change of approach under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The oil ministry is moving beyond seeking additional barrels for import in talks with exporters. Now, the energy-deficient country wants ...

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Railroad Commission picks Porter as new leader

Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter was unanimously selected Tuesday to be the new chairman of the state’s oil and gas regulatory agency. Porter, a CPA who practiced in Midland, providing services to oil and gas producers, royalty owners and oil field service companies, takes over the post from outgoing Chairwoman Christi Craddick. “As Railroad Commissioners, it is our job to ...

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Corroded pipeline, insufficient repairs to blame for California oil spill

It is a truth universally acknowledged that pipelines will inevitably leak. However, it is something quite different when a pipeline is left to corrode and an oil spill is the result. Investigators have discovered that the oil pipeline which spilled roughly 2,409 barrels of oil into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Santa Barbara was heavily deteriorated, The Guardian ...

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