Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told reporters that her department is still sifting through public comments on its plan to regulate hydraulic fracturing and said there is no date set to finalize the standards, FuelFix reports.
The United Kingdom's health agency said in a report that emissions from hydraulic fracturing present low risks to public health if the drilling practice is safely done and properly regulated, Reuters reports.
Does last month's signing of California's S.B. 4 constitute state regulation of fracking? Yes, says the Western States Petroleum Association, which is asking California's Superior Court to dismiss a suit filed by environmentalists alleging the state hasn't properly policed the drilling process, E&E reports.
The New York Court of Appeals is considering the town of Dryden's ban of hydraulic fracturing, and its decision could settle whether or not state municipalities have the authority to ban the practice, The New York Times reports.
The budget proposal introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., includes a provision to approve an agreement between the U.S. and Mexico to cooperate on offshore drilling along their maritime border, The Hill reports.
The American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers filed a legal brief against the Environmental Protection Agency in their lawsuit against the agency, alleging it has ignored several legal deadlines, The Hill reports.
Mississippi utility regulators rejected a proposal to merge Entergy Corp. and ITC Holdings Corp., arguing the deal could boost electricity rates by $300 million over the next three decades, The Associated Press reports.
Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline worry that the naming of project opponent John Podesta as an energy and climate adviser to President Obama could impact a final approval decision, National Journal reports.
OPEC's crude oil production fell below its 30 million barrel-a-day ceiling in November as Saudi Arabia cut output, resulting in the organization's lowest production level since May 2011, Bloomberg reports.
The European Parliament approved a plan aimed at addressing an oversupply of permits in the European Union's carbon market by delaying the allotment of one-third of new permits over the next three years, The New York Times reports.
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, an organization of nine Northeast states cooperating on emissions reduction, moved to lower the existing cap for greenhouse gas emissions from power plants for next year, The Associated Press reports.