Article by Sandra Y. Snyder, Richard Alonso & Grant B. MacIntyre
EPA suffered a major loss on May 30 when the DC Circuit refused to uphold EPA’s attempt to narrow the ruling in the Summit aggregation case to only the states in the 6th Cir.
Reversing more than 20 years of EPA practice, the Summit case directed EPA to refrain from using interdependency or the functional interrelatedness of various sources when making a determination regarding whether to aggregate the emissions from those sources for NSR and Title 5 permitting purposes. [more]
US shale player Continental Resources has applied to export some of its crude as an industry push intensifies to loosen a decades-old ban on most oil sales abroad, the company has confirmed.
Steve Bradley, vice president of oil marketing for the company, told a Houston conference that US regulators have not yet denied its permit request to the US Commerce Department, according to Dow Jones. [more]
The godfather of North Dakota's present oil bonanza predicted the state's crude production will double to 2 million barrels daily by decade's end but warned industry officials Thursday that future safety missteps would threaten that.
"We can't have any more issues," Harold Hamm, the chairman of Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources Inc., told expo-goers at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck. "It has to be done in an absolute safe manner. It's going to take all of us." [more]
Over the course of the past week, Senate Democrats and Republicans worked to find a way forward on a modest energy-efficiency bill authored by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Rob Portman of Ohio. The bill has bipartisan backing and lawmakers on both ends of the political spectrum agree on the benefits of energy savings. [more]
Hays Daily News
Last month, the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance joined with the state of Oklahoma in a legal battle with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over a "sue and settle" -- an induced deadline to decide whether the lesser prairie chicken should be listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. In addition, the state of Kansas and the state of North Dakota have joined the battle.
DEPA is an alliance of 15 state and national oil and gas associations, including the Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association, as well as a number of independent oil and gas producers, royalty owners and oilfield service companies.
The lawsuit carries serious implications not only for the individual private property rights of all Americans, but also for the future of our economy and energy independence in the United States. [more]