OVERNIGHT ENERGY: US Chamber makes energy push in fiscal talks

The group is pushing to ease regulations and expand access to federal lands and waters for oil-and-gas producers, arguing this will drive growth and boost federal revenues.


THE REST OF THURSDAY’S AGENDA:

Lawmakers to describe Sandy’s ‘devastation’


The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will convene a hearing Thursday to explore the “devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy.”

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Members of Congress from states affected by the storm will testify, an advisory states. Click here for more.

Clean-air group to release poll

The American Lung Association will release a poll aimed at bolstering support for establishment of stronger Environmental Protection Agency soot standards.

House Energy and Commerce to hold Clean Air Act forum

State and local regulators will detail their experiences with implementing federal air pollution laws in a Thursday House hearing.

The gathering is the third installment of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Energy and Power’s Clean Air Act forum. Seven regulators will speak at the event.

The hearing will discuss the possibility of using state-based plans for addressing air pollution instead of adding federal rules.

Speakers include Arturo Blanco, bureau chief of pollution control and prevention with the Houston Department of Health and Human Services; Seyed Sadredin, executive director of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District; and Michael Krancer, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.


NEWS BITES:

BP employees arraigned on spill charges

The Associated Press has the latest on the federal criminal case against BP:

Two BP rig supervisors and a former BP executive have pleaded not guilty to criminal charges in the deadly Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and the company's response to the massive 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP well site leaders Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine and BP's vice president of exploration for the Gulf David Rainey remained free on bond following their arraignments Wednesday in federal court.

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Report: Susan Rice owns stock in Keystone pipeline developer

OnEarth magazine reports that Susan Rice, whom President Obama could nominate for secretary of State, owns as much as $600,000 worth of stock in TransCanada Corp., the company seeking to build the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.

The State Department is in charge of the federal review of the controversial proposal for a pipeline to bring Canadian oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries.

The magazine, which is published by the Natural Resources Defense Council, reports that Rice — the current ambassador to the United Nations — also has holdings in a number of Canadian oil producers and related companies.

Check out their story here.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Check out these stories that ran on E2-Wire Wednesday ...

— Lawmaker from natural-gas district snags House Energy subcommittee gavel

Senators question ban on contracts to BP

— Senate passes amendment keeping biofuel investments in defense bill

— Unions, green groups back Reid in filibuster fight

— Senate to vote on military biofuels purchases

— Sen. Landrieu says Congress might need to ‘step in’ on natural-gas exports

— EPA suspends BP from new government contracts


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