Because of the partial government shutdown, a federal court granted the Environmental Protection Agency an extension to respond to BP's suit that challenges a freeze on the company's ability to win federal contracts, The Hill reports.
Applications to drill for oil and gas on Bureau of Land Management leases are piling up during the government shutdown, with 500 permits sitting untouched in just one office in North Dakota, according to the White House.
The White House said a briefing on leasing and permits presented Friday to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden included the figure from the BLM's North Dakota Field Office in Dickinson. The briefing outlined the Interior Department's stoppage of permit processing for onshore drilling, coal and minerals development, and environmental reviews of transportation and energy-related projects, such as transmission lines.
The Center for Offshore Safety, an industry group formed after the 2010 Gulf spill, has approved three independent auditors to conduct audits required by the government at offshore drilling sites, FuelFix reports.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge Thursday refused to dismiss indictments against a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages and voicemails about the company's response to its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Though the impact of the government shutdown has been limited on the energy industry so far, analysts and industry officials are concerned a prolonged shutdown will ultimately slow new fossil fuel and renewable energy development, Hearst Newspapers reports.
As Republicans intensify criticism of the government shutdown's closing of national parks and memorials and halt to onshore drilling permits, former Interior secretary Ken Salazar is coming to President Barack Obama's defense.
Salazar on Thursday plans to point out the hits to public lands recreation and commerce caused by the shutdown via a media teleconference hosted by the left-leaning Center for American Progress.
The inclusion of the U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement in a bipartisan budget deal won praise from oil industry groups and puts Congress on track to ratify the treaty before Jan. 17, FuelFix reports.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected the Environmental Protection Agency's rule allowing approval of certain heavy-duty truck engines that didn't meet 2001 emission standards, E&E reports.
University of Toronto chemists have discovered perfluorotributylamine, a made-made chemical that can exist as a greenhouse gas 7,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide and can linger in the atmosphere for 500 years, the Toronto Star reports.
Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., urged the Supreme Court to reject a lower court's ruling on the Environmental Protection Agency's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and reinstate the measure, National Journal reports.
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., introduced a bill to block EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy from traveling abroad without holding public meetings in coal-reliant states on the agency's carbon emission rules, The Hill reports.
University of California-Berkeley physicist and climate scientist Richard Muller urged environmentalist to embrace shale gas development as a means to reduce carbon and particulate matter emissions, E&E reports.