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Timothy Gardner

Trump administration eases rule on methane leaks on public land

Sep 18 2018

WASHINGTON The Trump Administration on Tuesday rolled back an Obama-era rule on emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas operations on public lands in its latest step to ease regulations on the industry.

UPDATE 3-U.S. energy chief to meet Russian, Saudi counterparts ahead of Iran sanctions

Sep 09 2018

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW, Sept 9 U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will meet counterparts from Saudi Arabia and Russia starting on Monday, sources familiar with the matter said, as the Trump administration encourages oil-producing countries to keep output up two months before it is due to renew sanctions on Iran's crude exports.

U.S. Army Corps stands by permit for Dakota Access oil pipeline

Aug 31 2018

WASHINGTON The U.S. Army Corps said on Friday that a permit it granted for the Dakota Access Pipeline last year was environmentally sound, handing a setback to tribal and green groups hoping to stop the flow of oil on the pipeline.

Trump administration reconsiders rule on coal's mercury pollution

Aug 29 2018

WASHINGTON The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Wednesday it was reconsidering part of an Obama-era rule on emissions of mercury from coal-fired plants, in the latest move by the administration to ease regulations on an industry important to President Donald Trump's political base.

U.S. court orders Trump administration to enforce chemical safety rule

Aug 18 2018

WASHINGTON A federal appeals court on Friday ordered the Trump administration to immediately implement an Obama-era chemical safety rule introduced in response to a 2013 explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas that killed 15 people. | Video

Texas, refineries urged to plan storm shutdowns to cut pollution

Aug 16 2018

WASHINGTON Texas environment regulators should coordinate shutdowns of oil refineries and other petrochemical plants during major storms to avoid big releases of air pollution like during last year's Hurricane Harvey, a report said on Thursday.

U.S. judge orders review of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline route

Aug 16 2018

WASHINGTON A federal judge in Montana has ordered the U.S. State Department to do a full environmental review of a revised route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, possibly delaying its construction and dealing another setback to TransCanada Corp .

EPA replacement for Obama climate plan due late next week: source

Aug 16 2018

WASHINGTON The Trump administration's proposed replacement for the Obama-era's central regulation on climate change, the Clean Power Plan, is expected to be released by the Environmental Protection Agency late next week, an agency source said on Thursday.

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At U.N. podium, Trump to tout protecting U.S. sovereignty

Since U.S. President Donald Trump made his debut at the United Nations a year ago pushing an "America First" policy, he has quit the Iran nuclear deal, the U.N. Human Rights Council and lashed out at some of the closest allies of the United States.