The Bureau of Land Management oversees geothermal energy development on public lands with a patchwork of regulations and no standardized inspection and enforcement program, the Interior Department's internal watchdog said Monday.
The report by department Deputy Inspector General Mary Kendall comes as the geothermal sector is moving toward "hydraulic shearing" water injection systems that could extend development beyond current areas in western states.
Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning expressed optimism Monday the utility giant will reach "constructive solutions" with the Environmental Protection Agency to rein in greenhouse gases. But he argued lawmakers, and not regulators, should be setting the policy.
"The conversation continues. I think we'll reach a successful conclusion as we have with virtually every regulation being put out by EPA and other policy makers," Fanning told reporters at a luncheon.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Patriot Coal Corp. has asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to modify collective bargaining agreements with the United Mine Workers of America, allowing the company to cut health care coverage for retired miners.
A report prepared by Pike Research projects annual installations of energy storage technology will expand from 330 to 3,300 megawatts by 2023, promoting more consistent grid performance, FuelFix reports.
Liberal watchdog group Checks and Balances Project said the State Department inspector general is investigating potential conflicts of interests in the department's environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline, The Hill reports.