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New Federal Rules Will Further Slow Growth of Fracking on Federal and Indian Lands

The Obama administration has unveiled the first safety mandates for fracking operations on federal and Indian lands. The new rules, announced on March 20, 2015, take effect in late June. The rules set new well integrity standards to protect groundwater, require public disclosure of fracking chemicals, and tighten storage standards. Dan Simmons, vice president for policy at the Institute for Energy Research, says there’s no need for the new rules. “The Obama administration's new hydraulic...

Washington State GOP Pushes Renewable Mandate Revision

Washington State Senate Republicans want to revise the state’s renewable energy mandate to reduce the cost burden on utilities’customers. Senate Bill 5735 would allow utilities to meet state-mandated renewable energy targets by investing in non-electricity-sector programs that cut greenhouse gas emissions. The bill is sponsored by state Sen. Doug Ericksen (R), chairman on the Senate Energy, Environment, and Telecommunications Committee, where the bill currently resides. Todd Myers,...

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