The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East is set to file a lawsuit against energy companies including ExxonMobil and BP to repair damages done to coastal wetlands, The New York Times reports.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal plan for keeping hungry Asian carp from reaching the valuable fish populations of the Great Lakes calls for reinforcing electrical and other barriers currently in place and for field-testing other methods, including the use of water guns and hormonal fish love potions.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal programs designed to make headway on some of the Great Lakes' most longstanding ecological problems, from harbors caked with toxic sludge to the threat of an Asian carp attack, would lose about 80 percent of their funding under a spending plan approved Tuesday by a Republican-controlled U.S. House panel .
House Natural Resources Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee hearing on lands bills: H.R. 163, H.R. 361, H.R. 433, H.R. 706, H.R. 908, H.R. 930, H.R. 1025, and H.R. 1808. National Park Service Associate Director for Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Herbert C. Frost to testify.
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing, "Oversight of Army Corps of Engineers Water Management in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) and the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) River Systems." South Atlantic Division Commander Brigadier General Donald E. (Ed) Jackson, Jr., Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy to testify.
House Natural Resources Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee hearing on pending lands bills: H.R. 587, H.R. 1168, H.R. 1170, H.R. 1684, H.R. 2068, H.R. 2095, S. 130, S. 304, and S. 459.
A Florida man and his company will pay $2.25 million in criminal fines for EPA violations of illegal dredging and wetlands violation, a record wetlands fine for a Florida resident, Sunshine State News reports.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is moving ahead with court-ordered activity surrounding the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project even though the Obama administration has pulled away from it, but NRC wouldn’t be able to hold hearings if a Department of Energy representative weren’t on hand, chair Alison Macfarlane said at an IHS round table Thursday, E&E reports.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chair Cheryl LaFleur told the annual summit organized by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. that NERC should not “get caught up in the advocacy” surrounding the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon rule, but other speakers said the NERC needs to speak up if it thinks grid reliability would be threatened, E&E reports.
Reported changes the Environmental Protection Agency is making to the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standards have angered players on both sides of the issue -– the oil industry and renewable energy groups -– and prompted them to level accusations that the adjustments are being made with the midterm elections in mind, The Hill reports.
With the latest round of sanctions against Russia expected to hurt demand, oil prices finished lower at the end of a roller-coaster trading day. U.S. benchmark crude for October delivery lost 56 cents to settle at $92.27 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude dropped 97 cents to $97.11, Reuters reports.
Some experts and analysts may conclude that lifting the ban on crude exports would end up lowering gasoline prices, but a University of New Hampshire poll found that 85 percent of those surveyed said the U.S. should keep a lid on crude exports if it prevents an increase in gasoline prices, FuelFix reports.
Facing a coal shortage it blames on rail congestion, Minnesota Power has taken what it calls the “unprecedented” step to shut down four generating units for three months, hoping to boost coal supplies it anticipates needing during the winter, Platts reports.
The three candidates running for governor in Maine – incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage, Democrat Rep. Michael Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler – have vastly different views on the best way to tackle the state’s high energy costs, The Associated Press reports.
After a year of creating and testing biochar – a substance like charcoal made from wood chips, paper, leaves or plant oils – researchers at the University of Texas San Antonio and the Southwest Research Institute say it can be an inexpensive and effective way to remove impurities from fracking wastewater, FuelFix reports.