PHOENIX (AP) — Robert Redford will join conservationists from across the U.S. and Mexico at an event Saturday in Phoenix aimed at raising money and awareness for the restoration of part of the overtaxed Colorado River that has become more desert than delta.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Experts are sounding a new alarm about the effects of climate change for parts of the Caribbean — the depletion of already strained drinking water throughout much of the region.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy says she will take a deliberate approach to any minerals mining permit reviews in Alaska's Bristol Bay area, following a trip to the area.
In a blog post Thursday titled "Finding Balance in Alaska", McCarthy did not sway from her insistence that she went to the state on a fact-finding trip in connection with President Barack Obama's climate agenda.
Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee field hearing, "Chesapeake Bay Restoration: Progress and Challenges." EPA Director, Chesapeake Bay Program Director Nicholas DiPasquale to testify.
While lawmakers remain in their states during the congressional recess, top Obama administration officials are heading outside the Beltway this week to press the president's energy and environment agenda.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is to kick off the travel with events in New Jersey and New York on Monday. Later in the week, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell are both expected to go to Alaska.
GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) — At Ike Bunney's dude ranch near the Sierra community of Tuolumne City, all creatures have been evacuated as firefighters brace for an intense battle to keep a wildfire raging north of Yosemite National Park out of mountain communities.
"We've already evacuated the horses," said Bunney, who was keeping an eye on his Slide Mountain Guest Ranch on Sunday. "I think they're worried about the fire sparking over these hills."
LAS VEGAS (AP) — For decades, the vulnerable U.S. desert tortoise has led a sheltered existence.
Developers have taken pains to keep the animal safe. It's been protected from meddlesome hikers by the threat of prison time. And wildlife officials have set the species up on a sprawling conservation reserve outside Las Vegas.
But the pampered desert dweller now faces a threat from the very people who have nurtured it.
The Obama administration may be backing away from its insistence that future coal-burning power plants use carbon capture technology, settling instead on a requirement for ultra-supercritical technology in the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, E&E reports.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers argued that the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Water Rule lacks a sound scientific basis in memos made public by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Thursday, The Hill reports.
The Department of Energy has agreed to rework its proposed efficiency standards for walk-in freezers and coolers, according to the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute, which says it has reached a settlement with the DOE over the issue, The Hill reports.
Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. says some other Democrats may be willing to go along with him and Sen. Angus King, I-Me., in a willingness to support legislation lifting the ban on U.S. crude exports if it also backs renewable energy such as wind and solar, E&E reports.
Despite data from the Energy Information Administration showing that U.S. crude production peaked at almost 9.7 million barrels a day in March, news of an increase in oil rig count this week piled more pressure on prices. U.S. benchmark crude slumped $1.40, or 2.9 percent, to settle at $47.12 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent dropped $1.10 to $52.26, its lowest settlement since January, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Chevron is getting nearly a third more oil and gas from its wells in the Permian Basin, and is paying less for oilfield services as well—but even so, its second quarter profits dove 90 percent on lower crude prices, FuelFix reports.
Hess has increased its production forecast for its Bakken Shale operations to up to 110,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, despite the company dropping the number of rigs it’s operating in the play, Platts reports.
Many witnesses testifying at the first Interior Department hearing on the future of the federal coal program—which was attended by Secretary Sally Jewell—said they wanted to see higher royalty rates to raise more money for U.S. taxpayers, High Country News reports.
Senior creditors for Alpha Natural Resources Inc. will loan money to the beleaguered Virginia-based coal company to help it get through bankruptcy, a filing for which could come as early as Monday, Bloomberg reports.
Although Thursday’s peak demand of 67,624 megawatts didn’t break the all-time record as the Electric Reliability Council of Texas had feared, it's been a huge week for demand, and the grid operator expects high usage throughout the summer, FuelFix reports.