House Cuts EPA Budget 34% & Explores RFS Reform While Senate Weighs Energy Revenue Sharing

Wednesday in Washington: Appropriations Bills Moving Along While Committees Weigh Additional Options for Cuts: The Senate will be taking up a compromise proposal authored by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to reduce the interest rates charged on student loans.  The interest rates more than doubled at the beginning of July and… More »


Bluegrass State Benefits from Hydraulic Fracturing, DOI’s Jewell Relies on Oil Industry Background, & Germany Considers Its Shale Options

HBW Resources: Ollison Hydraulic Fracturing Report Below is a summary of publicly available activities currently underway at the federal, state and international levels that could impact the use of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas extraction. States  State Legislative Update: Please see linked spreadsheet for an updated listing of state legislation dealing with hydraulic fracturing. Arizona The… More »


Senate Nuclear Option Exposes Lack of Experience While ENR Considers Increased US Oil Production

Tuesday in Washington: Lack of Experience Starting to Show: Following three hours of deliberation in the Old Senate Chamber last night, the Senate continues to struggle with an effort brought forward by Majority Leader Harry Reid to change the Senate rules with respect to filibusters of political nominees.  Proponents of the change say it is… More »


Congress Reviews Increased Domestic Oil Production Effects on Energy Prices

HBW Energy & Politics Daily Update Monday in Washington: Despite the procedural standoff unfolding in the Senate, this will be a very busy week on Capitol Hill. Hearings and markups in both the House and the Senate on energy legislation are planned.  In the Senate, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee will review the impact… More »