U.S. Energy News

Earthquakes linked to fracking in 17 regions of U.S.

The U.S. Geological Survey on Thursday released its first comprehensive assessment of the link between thousands of earthquakes and oil and gas operations in 17 regions. (The New York Times)
• Between 2000 and 2012, about 7 million acres of agricultural, range and forest land was given over to drilling for oil and gas, according to a new study. (Midwest Energy News)
• Oklahoma’s state House approved on Wednesday approved two bills designed to limit local restrictions on oil and gas operations. (Tulsa World)

INVESTMENT: Oil and natural gas companies that fail to consider the risks of a warmer planet and cheaper fossil fuels are jeopardizing shareholder value, according to a new report. (Bloomberg)

• The U.S. Department of Energy announced the safe capture of 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from projects supported by the department through carbon capture and storage. (Fierce Energy)
• Eugene, Oregon’s city council voted 5-2 Wednesday to ask state lawmakers to develop a “carbon pricing policy” for the state. (The Register-Guard)

CARBON TAX: A Democratic Maryland congressman told an audience at a conservative think tank Wednesday that he’s drafting a bill for a tax carbon that could lead to the repeal of EPA emissions constraints for power plans. (ClimateWire)

APPROPRIATIONS: The House Appropriations Committee announced a spending plan Wednesday that cuts $246 million from current funding of the U.S. Department of Interior, the Forest Service and the EPA. (E&E Daily)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: In a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Interior, 163 Republican members of Congress pushed for opening more of the outer continental shelf to offshore oil and gas drilling. (The Hill)

SOLAR: Six Senate Democrats are asking their colleagues to double the capacity of a new federal program that trains military veterans for the solar power industry. (The Hill)

PRESIDENTIAL RACE: Hillary Clinton has offered few hints of her campaign agenda, and top oil company execs don’t know what to make of it. (National Journal)

EFFICIENCY: City councils in Atlanta City and Portland, Oregon, both passed ordinances requiring buildings to track and disclosure energy consumption. (FierceEnergy)

VIRGINIA: Virginia’s governor has signed into law six measures designed to help advance solar energy and energy efficiency in the state and extend a tax credit for green jobs. (Daily Press)

MICHIGAN: Michigan Democrats introduced legislation Thursday to double the state’s efficiency and renewable energy standards by 2022. (Midwest Energy News)

MAINE: Concessions and a promised veto loom over competing proposals to correct a one-word clerical error potentially worth $38 million for an energy-efficiency program popular with Maine homeowners and businesses. (The Portland Press Herald)

ASPEN: Aspen’s push to source its electric customers with 100 percent renewable energy could be realized by August, city officials told the city council on Tuesday. (The Aspen Times)

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