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Tillerson Flap Bad Timing for Iran Decision: Balance of Power
Thursday, October 05, 2017 Signs of friction are again plaguing Donald Trump's White House at a pivotal moment for his policy agenda.

Oil Drillers May See Big U.S. Tax Cut - If Deductions Survive
Thursday, October 05, 2017 U.S. oil explorers could see a multibillion-dollar benefit from a move to slash the U.S. corporate tax rate but some of the industry's biggest tax breaks could also be under fire.

US Energy Agency to Take on $50 Billion Backlog as Senate Acts
Friday, August 04, 2017 The main US energy regulator can get back to the business of approving multibillion-dollar natural gas pipelines after the Senate moved to fill two of four vacancies at the long-crippled agency.

Pennsylvania May Impose Severance Tax
Friday, July 28, 2017 Operating in the Keystone State might get more expensive for the natural gas industry.

House GOP Leader Says Energy Tweak Near in Sanctions Bill
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said there's a consensus among lawmakers to change legislation on Russian sanctions so that US companies won't be blocked from lucrative foreign oil deals.

Trump Administration Reduces Royalty Rates In First US Oil, Gas Lease Sale
Thursday, July 13, 2017 The Trump administration announces its first offshore oil and gas lease sale.

Document: Trump Admin To Suspend Rule On Natural Gas Waste
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 The Trump administration will suspend compliance dates on a rule limiting methane emissions from oil and gas companies working on public lands as soon as Thursday.

Key Shale-Boom Booster Threatened by Trump's Spending-Cut Plans
Wednesday, June 07, 2017 An agency instrumental to America's surge in energy production would lose half its funding in President Donald Trump's proposed federal budget.

Green Groups Ask Court To Reverse EPA's Freeze Of Methane Rule
Monday, June 05, 2017 Green groups responded to the US EPA's attempt to freeze a rule requiring oil and gas companies to fix methane leaks in their equipment.

Bid To Revoke Obama-Era Methane Rules Fails In US Senate
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 A Senate resolution to revoke a rule to limit leaks and flaring of methane from oil and gas production on federal lands falls short of votes.

Trump's Arctic Drill Plan Challenged by Environmental Groups
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 Environmental groups are challenging President Trump's attempt to restore oil and gas leasing on more than 125 million acres in the Arctic and Atlantic ocean

Trump's US Looks Past Energy Independence to Global Dominance
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 The US is in the position to be energy-dominant, not just independent, thanks to fracking and plans to loosen drilling regulations, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says.

Trump Open to Raising Gas Tax and Negotiating Tax Overhaul Plan
Monday, May 01, 2017 President Donald Trump said he's willing to raise the US gas tax to fund infrastructure development and called the tax-overhaul plan he released last week the beginning of negotiations.

Trump to Expand Offshore Drilling, Review Post-Spill Rules
Friday, April 28, 2017 President Donald Trump moves to expand offshore oil drilling and to reconsider rules that safeguard the activity.

Trump Order Aims To Allow Drilling At National Monuments
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Trump signs an executive order to identify national monuments that can be rescinded or resized - part of a broader push to open up more federal lands to drilling, mining and other development.

US Will Not Issue Drilling Waivers To Russia Sanctions
Friday, April 21, 2017 The US will not make an exception for American companies seeking to drill in areas prohibited by US sanctions on Russia.

Exxon Probe Is Unconstitutional, Republican Prosecutors Say
Thursday, April 20, 2017 A group of 11 Republican state attorneys general are protesting an investigation into whether ExxonMobil violated consumer protection laws.

Trump's EPA To Reconsider Oil And Gas Emissions Rule
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 The US EPA says it would reconsider a rule on emissions from oil and gas operations and delay its implementation.

Trump Administration Seeks Halt to Clean Power Plan Review
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 President Donald Trump took another step toward dismantling his predecessor's climate-change legacy, asking a federal appeals court to halt its review of carbon-emission rules for power plants.

US to Review Energy Royalty Rates on Federal Land
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 The US Interior Department says it will form a new committee to review royalty rates collected from oil and gas drilling and coal mining on federal lands to ensure taxpayers receive their full value.

Montana Tribe Sues Trump Administration for Lifting Coal Moratorium
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 A Native American tribe in Montana files a lawsuit against the Trump administration, challenging its decision to lift a moratorium on coal leases on public land without first consulting with tribal leaders.

Energy Companies May Pay US More to Drill, Mine on Public Land
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Energy companies could pay the US government higher royalties for oil, gas and other resources extracted from public land, under a review Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke authorized.

Senators Press Icahn On White House Influence, Business Conflicts
Monday, March 27, 2017 Several Democratic senators pressed billionaire investor Carl Icahn to clarify his role as an adviser to President Donald Trump.

Trump's Keystone XL Approval Moves Pipeline Fight to Individual States
Friday, March 24, 2017 TransCanada gets its presidential permit to move forward with building its Keystone XL crude oil pipeline, but the battle to flow crude through several states isn't over, analysts say.

Trump Said to Pick an Attorney to Lead Federal Energy Agency
Thursday, March 09, 2017 President Donald Trump plans to nominate Jones Day attorney Kevin McIntyre as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

US Senate Confirms Trump Pick Perry As Energy Secretary
Thursday, March 02, 2017 The US Senate votes to confirm President Donald Trump's pick to head the Department of Energy.

Trump Orders Review Of Obama Waterway Regulation
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 US President Donald Trump signed an order directing regulators to review an Obama administration rule.

HIRE Vets Act Would Incentivize Employers to Hire Veterans
Friday, February 24, 2017 If HR 244 becomes enacted, oil and gas companies may be rewarded for actively recruiting and hiring military veterans.

Subpart W: Lessening the Burden of GHG Reporting
Friday, February 24, 2017 While we all wait to see what changes occur on the federal level, and how the market responds, important changes in how the industry carries out regulatory reporting are ongoing.

GOP's Tax Reform Plan Brings Uncertainty to Oil, Gas
Monday, February 20, 2017 US corporate tax reform plan for a tariff on imports, but not exports, could boost income for domestic producers, but it might also pump up gasoline prices and raise refiners' costs.

Trump and US Nuclear Power Find Common Ground in Jobs Push
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 Nuclear power providers, battered by low prices and competition from cheap natural gas, say they can help President Donald Trump fulfill a campaign promise to put more people to work.

US Oil, Gas Prices Seen Falling With Trump 'Energy Revolution'
Monday, February 06, 2017 President Trump's vow to "unleash an energy revolution" by reversing regulations may send oil and natural gas prices tumbling in 2018, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

BLOG: Trump's Import Tax On Mexico's Oil Could Drive Costs In US
Friday, January 27, 2017 The Trump Administration's proposed 20% import tax would penalize Mexico, but might have the unintended consequence of also squeezing US energy businesses and consumers, analysts say.

Oil, Gas Industry Looks to Trump for Opening Federal Lands to Development
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 President Obama's onslaught of 11th hour rules and regulations to stifle oil and gas will be vulnerable to a motivated Congress' retribution and incoming Trump Administration, experts say.

US Senator McCain Says Has 'Concerns' About Tillerson Nomination
Thursday, December 29, 2016 US President-elect Donald Trump's choice for Secretary of State, Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, will have to explain his relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, says Republican senator John McCain.

BLOG: Must Rick Perry Resign Seat at Energy Transfer Partners' Table?
Friday, December 16, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump has picked former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to lead the Department of Energy, but observers say Perry has conflicts of interest to address first.

Tillerson Choice Raises Questions of Corporate vs National Interest
Sunday, December 11, 2016 The central question facing Exxon Chief Executive Rex Tillerson if he becomes U.S. secretary of state is whether he can pivot from advancing corporate interests to serving the national interest.

Trump Advisors Aim to Privatize Oil-Rich Indian Reservations
Monday, December 05, 2016 A group of advisors to President-elect Donald Trump on Native American issues wants to free oil and gas resources on reservations from "a suffocating federal bureaucracy".

Texas Bill Would Give Super Majority Rights to Drill Old Wells
Monday, November 21, 2016 Current Texas law requires 100% of both working and royalty interest owners to sign off on enhanced well development, giving it the highest threshold of any oil-producing state.

Obama Said to Block Selling New Drilling Rights in U.S. Arctic
Thursday, November 17, 2016 The Obama administration is set to block the sale of new oil and gas drilling rights in U.S. Arctic waters under a five-year blueprint, handing a victory to environmentalists who said the activity threatened whales, walruses and other local wildlife.

BLOG: Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry a Contender for Trump's Cabinet
Thursday, November 17, 2016 Twice a candidate in the Republican presidential primary, Rick Perry is reportedly on a short list of names to lead the Energy Department for President-elect Donald Trump.

Sarah Palin For Energy Chief? Trump Considers Cabinet Nominees
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Oil and gas executives and Beltway insiders among the top names to be circulated to run US President-elect Donald Trump's America-first agenda.

Source: Trump Looking at Fast Ways to Quit Global Climate Deal
Sunday, November 13, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump is seeking quick ways to withdraw the U.S. from the global agreement to combat climate change that was signed in Paris in 2015.

Will Trump Victory Lead to EPA Shrinkage?
Wednesday, November 09, 2016 The incoming administration has pledged to curb the EPA's power. How well might it deliver?

Trump's Election Roils World Markets, Commodity Prices
Wednesday, November 09, 2016 As Donald Trump wins US presidential election, WTI futures tank, Nasdaq declines and the S&P 500 drops so far that trading halts.

US Justices Drill Down On Venezuela Oil Rig Dispute
Wednesday, November 02, 2016 Some US Supreme Court justices appeared wary about the foreign policy implications of making it too easy for foreign governments to be sued in US courts.

Former US Senator: Renewables Are Not Oil, Gas Enemy
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Retired North Dakota Democrat Sen. Byron Dorgan tells Columbia Energy Exchange that US policy needs room for fossil fuels and renewable energy sources.