Clean Start: February 9, 2012

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Pennsylvania passed a bill along party lines to rewrite state laws governing natural gas drilling. The state’s House Democrats heavily criticized the bill for setting drilling fees too low compared to other states. [WSJ]

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) called for increased sanctions on polluters and requiring disclosure of chemicals in drilling. The increased fines would bring Ohio in line with Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Texas. [Lancaster Eagle Gazette]

BP is negotiating with U.S. officials to settle pollution claims over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill that may leave the company liable for as much as $17.6 billion in fines, a person familiar with the talks said. [Business Week]

The Sierra Club is asking President Obama to ensure any settlement of the government’s case against responsible parties for the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico include financing for Gulf Coast coastal restoration efforts. [NOLA]

For the first time in over three decades, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expected to decide to grant a license to build a nuclear reactor — a milestone for an industry whose long-hoped-for renaissance is smaller and later than anticipated. [NYT]

A pro-fracking movie FrackNation has raised $22,000 in two days on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter. The effort follows on the heels of the popular Oscar-nominated Gasland documentary on the dangers of fracking. [LA Times]

Two U.S. startup companies broke records in solar efficient panels – posting record efficiency rates in the past few days of 23.5 percent. [VatorNews]

And finally, Mitt Romney made a slip-up at a campaign event Wednesday afternoon, mixing up Solyndra and Keystone XL when attacking President Obama: “My course for America is to become energy secure and to open up that Solyndra – that, that pipeline, excuse me, the Keystone pipeline.” [Washington Post]

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