ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S Interior Secretary Sally Jewell vowed Thursday that the Obama administration will continue to use its executive powers to protect public lands until Congress takes action on a number of stalled conservation measures.
Jewell renewed the administration's threat while speaking to a few hundred wilderness advocates at a national conference in Albuquerque celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
Most of the western federal lands in seven western states where the greater sage-grouse faces the loss of habitat have low oil, gas, and renewable energy potential, according to a report released Thursday by a conservation group.
The report for the Western Values Project found that most federal lands in the states with sizable energy resources are outside the bird's key habitat areas.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday considered how to resolve a long-running legal fight between Kansas and Nebraska over the use of water from the Republican River.
The justices appeared to agree with recommendations of a special master who found that Nebraska should pay $3.7 million in damages to Kansas for using more than its legal share of the river's water in 2005 and 2006.
The Supreme Court will make its first considerations on a long-standing water-use disagreement between Kansas and Nebraska over an interstate compact allocating water from the Republican River, E&E reports.
The Obama administration has more to do to convince farmers and ranchers that the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule to clarify the reach of the Clean Water Act over rural streams and wetlands won't mean new restrictions, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday.
The intent of the rule, known as Waters of the U.S., is to give farm country more certainty about the scope of what's covered under the Clean Water Act, Vilsack told reporters, but he acknowledged that concern is running high. "Obviously there is still work to be done in terms of educating people about that intent, because that's not how it's been interpreted," he said.
While Republican lawmakers have been the vocal about their alarm over the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to update Clean Water Act pollution regulations over rural streams and other waterways that affect public health, farm-state Senate Democrats are also raising their own concerns.
In a letter sent to EPA, the Agriculture Department and the Army Corps of Engineers just before senators left Washington last week, Agriculture Committee chair Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and 12 Democratic colleagues, said the proposal may have "unintended consequences" that undercut conservation practices supported by the 2014 Farm Bill.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Some Southern California water districts became so good at saving water and building their own water storage facilities in recent decades that residents are not feeling the effects of the worst drought to hit the state in a generation.
That's a problem.
Thinking plenty of water was available at the start of summer, residents along a coastal area doused their lawns and filled their pools, while elsewhere in the state farmers fallowed hundreds of thousands of acres.
Riding the back of the oil boom, Halliburton reported a 70 percent increase in earnings in the 3rd quarter, The Wall Street Journal reports, noting that CEO Dave Lesar predicted in a conference call Monday that the recent drop in oil prices would be temporary.
Skepticism about OPEC agreeing to cut oil production pressured prices again Monday. West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery slipped 4 cents to settle at $82.71 a barrel on the Nymex, but in London December Brent lost 76 cents to end at $85.40, Bloomberg reports.
Proposed new regulations from the Department of Energy, published in Tuesday’s Federal Register seeking public comment, would cover energy conservation standards for some water heaters, while others would target certain fluorescent lamps, The Hill reports.
Despite industry support for the GOP bid to take over control of the Senate, oil and gas companies are still giving substantial donations to the re-election effort of Energy Committee chair Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., Reuters reports.
One of the people who helped write the McCain-Feingold legislation on political contributions says Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate change is an example of how politics has become “privatized,” The New York Times reports.
As the U.S. prepares to take the chair of the Arctic Council for two years, environmentalists have been heartened by recent statements from U.S. Special Representative Robert Papp, who has said that climate change would figure prominently on his agenda, E&E reports.
With 419 megawatts added to U.S. wind power capacity in the 3rd quarter, installations in the first nine months of 2014 – totalling 1,254 megawatts -- have surpassed what came on line in all of the year before, according to the American Wind Energy Association, Bloomberg reports.
Robert W. Fri, who held a number of posts at the Environmental Protection Agency in the 1970s and served as president of the research institute Resources for the Future for a decade starting in the mid 80s, died on Oct. 10 in Maryland, The New York Times reports.