Lawmakers agree that wildfire funding policy needs to be changed, but are split on how to fix it: A bipartisan group is proposing that money to fight wildfires be allowed to come from disaster funds, while a Republican Senate trio has proposed a measure that would require spending to thin forests on federal lands, Gannett's The Desert Sun reports.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water regulators voted Tuesday to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, as a report showed that consumption throughout the state has actually risen amid the worst drought in nearly four decades.
The action by the State Water Resources Control Board came after its own survey showed that conservation measures to date have failed to achieve the 20 percent reduction in water use sought by Gov. Jerry Brown.
The University of California, Davis's Center for Watershed Sciences projected California's drought will inflict a total $2.2 billion in losses and expenses for the state's agriculture industry and cut more than 17,000 farm jobs, The Wall Street Journal reports.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians increased water consumption this year during the severe drought, despite pleas from the governor to conserve, fallowed farm fields and reservoirs that are quickly draining, according to a report released Tuesday.
The new figures surfaced as state water regulators prepared to vote later in the day on fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses.
As California continues to experience severe drought, some residents in Cabazon are questioning why there are few restrictions on a Nestle-owned bottled-water plant, even as the rest of the state is facing pressure to conserve resources, The Desert News reports.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data show that last month was the 6th wettest June on record for the Lower 48 states, also Eastern and Plains states endured a cooler-than-average first half of the year while the West was warmer, The Weather Channel reports.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In one of the most drastic responses yet to California's drought, state regulators on Tuesday will consider fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses.
The rules would prohibit the watering of landscaping to the point that runoff spills onto sidewalks or streets. Hosing down sidewalks, driveways and other hard surfaces would be banned along with washing vehicles without a shut-off nozzle.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday cleared the path for seismic testing off the coast of New Jersey that will blast the floor of the Atlantic Ocean with loud noises as part of a climate change research project.
The 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals rejected New Jersey's request to block the testing off Long Beach Island, which aims to use acoustic research to examine sediment dating back tens of millions of years. The barrier island stretches along the central New Jersey coast for about 18 miles.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is not set to launch a new polar-orbiting satellite until 2017, creating potential for a blind spot in forecasting as several satellites approach the end of their lifespans in 2016, E&E reports.
The Department of Transportation’s proposed regulation tackling oil train safety may have been dealing mostly with tank car construction, but the DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is also reporting on the volatility of Bakken crude, E&E reports.
A 20 percent increase in revenue for Noble Energy in the second quarter on higher shale production wasn’t enough to sustain last year's profits, which fell 49 percent compared to the year-ago period, to $192 million, FuelFix reports, noting the company dropped $187 million on commodity derivatives.
Alberta-based Encana Corp. reported a 31 percent drop in second quarter operating profit despite an increase in its production of oil and natural-gas liquids, but CEO Doug Suttles maintains the company’s results were strong and it would stick to its strategy of shifting away from natural gas, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Repsol’s $524 million adjusted net income in the second quarter was lower than in the period a year ago but beat analysts’ expectations, Bloomberg reported, noting that output from new wells and improved margins for refining helped the company – reported to be shopping for a major acquisition – overcome problems with production in Libya.
International oilfield services company Weatherford announced a second quarter net loss of $145 million on lower revenues, although it says it has nearly completed a plan to cut 6,600 jobs, FuelFix reports.
Utilities like Pacific Gas & Electric and Sempra rank highly in the use of renewable energy and promoting energy efficiency, while Entergy and Dominion Resources are near the bottom of the list of 32 of the nation’s utilities in an analysis compiled by Ceres and Clean Edge, groups which promote sustainable energy, Forbes reports.
There will be a court-supervised bidding process involved in the restructuring of bankrupt Energy Future Holdings, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday, in which the prize will likely be the Texas transmission business Oncor, The Wall Street Journal reports.
EU governments are considering new sanctions over the Ukraine crisis to limit Russian access to capital markets, as well as energy technology and weapons, Reuters reports, noting discussions are set to continue Friday with no action expected before next week.
The Washington Post reports on problems in Pueblo, Colo., where Black Hills Power, the utility servicing local residents, moved away from coal-fired generation and Xcel, the utility that built a new coal-fired plant in the area, stopped selling power locally and people were left scrambling to cover soaring bills.