LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oil and gas companies that are fracking off the Southern California coast must report chemicals discharged into the ocean under a new rule released Thursday by federal environmental regulators.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the requirement in the federal register, and will become effective March 1.
The move comes after a series of stories by The Associated Press last year revealed at least a dozen offshore frack jobs in the Santa Barbara Channel, and more than 200 in nearshore waters overseen by the state of California.
The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday is to include approval of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline and expanded offshore drilling among the business lobby's top priorities for the coming year.
The goals have been part of U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue's annual State of American Business address in the past. Still, their presence in his 2014 speech means big business isn't giving up on them, despite President Barack Obama's reluctance to back either.
It took three years for Alberta regulators to take action to prevent spills caused by hydraulic fracturing through previously drilled wells, known as 'frack hits,' in heavily drilled areas, E&E reports.
Concern over frequent earthquakes around the town of Azle, northwest of Dallas, has prompted the Texas Railroad Commission to consider adding a staff seismologist to investigate, The Associated Press reports.
Americans support construction of the Keystone XL pipeline by a margin of nearly 3-to-1, although many have concerns about its environmental impact, according to a new poll commissioned by ABC and The Washington Post, the Post reports.
The major concern for the world's top oil company executives, gathered in Houston for the CERAWeek conference this week, appeared to be the soaring costs of exploration and production, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Administrator Gina McCarthy wouldn't say whether the EPA might consider a carbon rule for refineries, telling the CERAWeek conference Thursday that her agency's focus now remains on power plants, National Journal reports.
Oil companies aren't publishing all of the information they should in the FracFocus registry, according to a draft report by an Energy Department advisory panel, which also found errors in some of the data, FuelFix reports.