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Capping Stack: A Positive Outcome from a Tragic Accident

deepwater horizon  domestic energy  energy iq  gulf of mexico  offshore operations  oil spill  safety standards  spill response  technology innovation  department of the interior  oil spill containment 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 18, 2011

It looks like a child's toy gyroscope on steroids, and it has the technology necessary to stop the flow from a well blowout on the ocean floor. It's the capping stack developed and built by a consortium of oil companies in response to the unprecedented Deepwater Horizon disaster that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico a year ago. 

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The Deepwater Horizon Investigation and API's Standards

deepwater horizon  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  interior department  offshore drilling  oil spill  safety standards  pipeline safety  well construction 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 29, 2010

When investigators try to determine exactly what transpired prior to any accident, a portion of their research boils down to two key questions: "What did you know, and when did you know it?" 

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EPA's Regulatory Overreach

e15  energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  ghg  greenhouse gas  greenhouse gas emissions  over regulation  ozone standards 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 22, 2010

Yesterday API hosted a blogger conference call to discuss several U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposals on the table that could harm the United States' economy. Topics included the agency's premature approval of E15, a gasoline blend containing 15 percent ethanol, as well as the agency's plans to regulate greenhouse gases, toughen ozone standards, and even govern things like farm dust and boilers. As we have noted previously here on the Energy Tomorrow Blog, a recent report by the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI estimates that the proposed ozone standard alone could destroy 7.3 million U.S. jobs. 

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Is EPA Protecting Human Health?

air quality  energy policy  epa  air pollution  ozone standards 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 20, 2010

Whenever the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issues new regulations, it usually includes information about the impact on human health. 

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Please Turn Out the Lights

domestic energy  energy policy  epa  greenhouse gas emissions  moratorium  ozone standard  epa standards  national ambient air quality standards 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 5, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving forward with proposals that could sound the death knell for millions of jobs across the country. We've already told you about the potentially disastrous effects of the EPA's proposed ozone standard and its plan to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but there's more--much more. 

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Higher Ozone Standards Threaten Jobs

domestic energy  energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  gdp  manufacturers alliance  over regulation  ozone standards 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 22, 2010

The numbers are mind-boggling. The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposal to tighten ozone standards could result in the loss of 7.3 million U.S. jobs by 2020, add $1 trillion in new regulatory costs per year between 2020 and 2030, and sharply reduce the nation's productivity. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) would be reduced by $676.8 billion in 2020, accounting for 3.6 percent of U.S. productivity. 

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EPA's Car Rule Triggers New GHG Regulations

air quality  clean air act  energy policy  epa  epa regulations  greenhouse gas emissions  over regulation  dot  vehicle efficiency standards 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 1, 2010

Today the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) jointly issued the so-called "Car Rule." The rule orders vehicle manufacturers to raise efficiency standards to 34.1 miles per gallon for the combined industry-wide fleet for the 2016 model year.

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