Ecosystem Investment Partners, a private equity group, is looking to profit from its restoration of marshlands in Louisiana by selling the environmental restoration credits it earns to developers and agencies looking to offset their projects' environmental damage, The New York Times reports.
GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — Bo Cuketieh inadvertently let a fine mist from a leaky hose soak the front lawn of a Southern California home Wednesday before considering that such water waste could merit a $500 fine under unprecedented restrictions proposed by California regulators.
Cuketieh, a 35-year-old welder living at the Glendale home, said conservation is necessary, but he chafed at the maximum fine.
"That's the difference between me making my house payment or not," said Cuketieh, who was shirtless and hunched over in the 98 degree heat as he filled his car radiator. "I live from one week to the next, and I have a pretty decent job."
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — As much of Texas grapples with lingering drought, a second city in the Lone Star State has begun reusing treated wastewater in a state-approved recycling process to bolster drinking supplies.
Wichita Falls, near the Oklahoma border, on Wednesday began reusing millions of gallons of water at the River Road Waste Treatment plant that's been purified to meet government drinking standards. The water is then sent by a 12-mile pipeline to the Cypress Water Treatment Plant for additional purification.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved Wichita Falls' proposal for a toilet-to-tap reuse program for up to six months.
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — The National Park Service created a national landmark Tuesday to commemorate a 1956 collision between two airliners over the Grand Canyon, a disaster that helped lead to major changes in aviation safety and creation of what is now the Federal Aviation Administration.
The crash killed all 128 people aboard the two planes in the deadliest aviation disaster in U.S. history at the time. A nation already struggling with increasingly busy skies pressured Congress for major changes to improve air traffic control and radar systems in response to the tragedy.
About 200 people gathered Tuesday for a ceremony overlooking the gorge where the wreckage was scattered over 1.5 square miles. Park rangers set up binoculars so people could get a closer look at the buttes where the planes came crashing down. Some of the wreckage still remains in the canyon but is not visible from the overlook.
Top Obama administration officials are scheduled to appear at bike paths, public parks and a Civil War battlefield this week as they look to drum up support for an expiring fund for conservation projects.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and other top department officials plan to visit six states in an effort to highlight the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a program designed to fund conservation, preservation and recreation projects. The outreach comes as Congress moves to draft appropriations bills for fiscal 2015.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Water and Power Subcommittee hearing on S. 1971, the "Nexus of Energy and Water for Sustainability Act of 2014." Energy Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate Change Policy and Technology Jonathan Pershing, Interior Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Tom Iseman to testify.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Some of the largest brewers in the U.S. are trying to reduce their water-to-beer ratio as drought and wildfire threaten the watersheds where they draw billions of gallons every year.
No independent group tracks beer-makers' water usage, but MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch both say they have made reductions. MillerCoors released a sustainability report Wednesday that shows it has cut its water use by 9.2 percent from 2012.
"Water is just critical to us," Kim Marotta, the Chicago-based company's sustainability chief, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "Looking ahead, we needed to find a way to brew more beer but use less water."
GENEVA (AP) — An agreement announced Wednesday between a London-based oil company and a wildlife protection group could prevent oil drilling in a national park in Africa where 200 endangered mountain gorillas live.
A joint statement by SOCO International PLC and Switzerland-based WWF said there will be no exploratory drilling in Congo's Virunga National Park, which is Africa's oldest, unless the government and the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO agree it would not threaten the park's world heritage status.
As part of the understanding, SOCO agreed to suspend exploration once it finishes seismic testing on Lake Edward and WWF pledged to drop a complaint that the oil company violates good-practice business guidelines set out by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The Pacific Institute and the National Resources Defense Council said in a study that smarter conservation and water management policies could help drought-stricken California reach an overall water surplus of more than 6 million acre-feet, Bloomberg reports.
The three Democrats willing to join Senate Republicans in the fight against the new water rule finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers won’t give the GOP the two-thirds majority needed for legislation to block it, The Hill reports.
Shortcomings in Shell Oil Co.’s plan to tow the Kuluk drilling rig across the stormy Gulf of Alaska led to its grounding in 2012, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board, FuelFix reports.
Gov. Bill Walker, I-Alaska, visited Seattle to tour an Arctic drilling rig parked there, and then met privately with his Washington counterpart, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, to challenge the state’s opposition to Arctic drilling, The Associated Press reports.
Shell appears unfazed by the latest opposition in Seattle to its Arctic drilling fleet: A decision by King County to deny the ships a permit to discharge waste water into the regional sewer system, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.
Increased environmental regulation, lower natural gas prices and reduced demand as a result of economic problems were cited as reasons why CanAm subsidiary Birmingham Coal & Coke filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Wednesday, Platts reports.
Larger than expected declines in crude and gasoline supplies helped support oil prices Thursday. U.S. benchmark crude gained 17 cents to settle at $57.68 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent ended 52 cents higher at $62.58, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The biggest change stemming from Mexico’s energy reform might be more integration between U.S. electricity utilities with their counterparts south of the border, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said at a conference Wednesday, Bloomberg reports.
Fracking ban supporters continue to look into possible legal challenges to a new state law blocking Denton, Texas from interfering with drilling, while protesters have been picketing a well site, the Denton Record-Chronicle reports.