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White House announces new climate change data website

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(WASHINGTON) As part of its campaign to step up efforts to address climate change, the White House on Wednesday announced the creation of a new website to serve as a one-stop location for the enormous amount of climate data housed at different federal agencies. The initiative to make the information more accessible to communities, researchers and industries trying to adapt ...

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BP regains ability to do work for government

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The oil company behind the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history can once again perform work for the federal government. Under an agreement reached Thursday with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, more than two dozen BP entities and its Houston-based oil production and exploration arm can secure new government contracts. The company had been suspended from ...

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Trucking costs derail shale recycling

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A South Side company has backed off plans to process fracking waste. Ohio Soil Recycling had planned by last November to begin recycling crushed rock and shale (called cuttings) brought to its Integrity Drive facility by fracking companies operating in eastern Ohio. But the drilling companies are unwilling to pay trucking and processing costs, according to Ohio Soil officials. The ...

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Obama admin drives ahead with new cleaner gas rule

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is moving forward with a dramatic reduction in sulfur in gasoline and tighter emissions standards for cars, arguing the move will eventually save thousands of lives per year. The oil and gas industry warns the Environmental Protection Agency rules are unnecessary and will drive up gas prices. The rules will also add to the ...

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Big Oil expects more cuts in renewables

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WASHINGTON — The oil industry is increasingly optimistic that it will prevail in a high-stakes battle for a piece of the United States’ declining gasoline market. The Obama administration already yielded to oil companies once, with the Environmental Protection Agency’s November proposal to slash the amount of renewable fuels that refiners must use this year, putting the prospective quota 3 ...

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EDITORIAL: Dump the ethanol mandate

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed reducing the amount of ethanol and other biofuels that must be mixed into the nation’s fuel supply. Fuel blenders would be required to use 15.21 billion gallons of biofuel in 2014, down from 16.55 billion gallons last year. That’s a good sign that the EPA finally recognizes the federal mandate for ethanol is ...

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Report raises new concerns about EPA probe of Texas natural gas drilling

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WASHINGTON _ The Environmental Protection Agency was justified in intervening to examine possible risks of gas drilling to Texas drinking water, the agency’s internal watchdog reported Tuesday. But environmentalists say the report raises fresh concerns about the EPA’s 2012 decision to halt its investigation into possible well water contamination in Parker County, Texas. The EPA Inspector General’s report is the ...

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