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NY Hydraulic Fracturing Decision Delayed Again

New York State’s decision to permit hydraulic fracturing faced yet another delay, citing more time needed for the health department to complete its ongoing public health review. On February 12, 2013, New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah wrote to the Department of Environmental Commission (DEC) stating that the ongoing hydraulic fracturing impact review…...

SOTU 2013: President Obama Pushes For Climate Change Action

President Obama outlined bold actions to combat climate change, elaborating on his inaugural vow to address the issue.  Obama further pledged to use his executive power to tackle climate change challenges if Congress denied action. At his State of the Union (SOTU) speech on February 12, 2013, President Obama cast a bold vision on climate change…...

Climate Change Debate Intensifies

Divided opinions over climate change issues delayed approval of the draft oversight plan in the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  Democrats called to amend the draft plan to hold hearings on climate change science, an issue that Republicans have long opposed. On February 6, 2013, democrats in the House Energy and Commerce Committee introduced a…...

Nebraska Governor’s Move sets the Stage for Final Decision on Keystone XL Pipeline

On January 22, 2013, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman approved a new Nebraska route for the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting the stage for the Obama administration to make a final decision on the long-drawn-out subject.  Following Governor Heineman’s approval, the reroute becomes part of TransCanada’s Presidential Permit application filed with the State Department on…...

Cuomo’s Plans to Overhaul New York’s Energy Infrastructure

Recognizing the need to upgrade New York’s energy infrastructure in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Governor Cuomo’s plans would fundamentally redesign the state’s power system.  In his 2013 State of the State report, the Governor highlighted increased grid resiliency, renewable power integration, and reduced dependence on centralized power systems. Governor Cuomo’s proposals follow an interim report…...

Federal Court upholds EPA’s decision to permit E15

A federal court decision on January 15, 2013 denied petitions challenging an EPA ruling that permits the use of  a 15% ethanol fuel blend (E15) for light-duty gasoline-fueled vehicles.  The step is a major victory for the biofuels industry, with several facilities just beginning to reach commercial production levels.  The decision will also help the industry…...

Rerouted Keystone XL Pipeline has Minimal Environmental Impact

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) on January 4, 2013 released the Final Evaluation Report of Keystone XL pipeline’s proposed northern leg from Alberta, Canada to Steel City, Nebraska.  The report submitted to Governor Dave Heineman states that construction and operation of the rerouted pipeline with adequate mitigation efforts would have minimal environmental impact.  It…...