LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a year when California Democrats are worried about motivating their voters, Gov. Jerry Brown heard another unwelcome message Saturday: Some Democratic activists are bristling over his administration's policies on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
Appearing at a state Democratic Party convention in Los Angeles, Brown found himself forced to speak over a noisy group of sign-waving protesters in his first major campaign speech since formally declaring his candidacy last month.
"Just listen a moment," Brown pleaded at one point, as the protesters bellowed "No fracking" and waved "Another Democrat Against Fracking" signs just steps from the podium where he was speaking.
The first public hearing on New York state's draft energy plan, which calls for improving efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, drew fracking critics more concerned about provisions urging expanded access to natural gas, Gannett's Democrat & Chronicle reports.
Opponents of hydraulic fracturing in California are using the state's ongoing drought in their case against allowing the practice, saying it would have deprived homes and farms of necessary water supplies were it permitted, Reuters reports.
Nonprofit Ceres said in a report that hydraulic fracturing wells are being drilled in some extreme-water-stress areas, consuming water supplies in some of the nation's driest regions, the San Antonio Express reports.
During remarks at the North American Project Expo in Houston, former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said hydraulic fracturing is a safe process but urged industry to make a better case for its safety to the public, FuelFix reports.
Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will speak at the North American Prospect Expo in Houston today and is slated to urge energy companies to make a better case to the public about the safety and benefits of hydraulic fracturing, FuelFix reports.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has upheld a $26,000 fine against a company embroiled in a dispute with U.S. Rep. Jared Polis after the congressman complained about drilling activities on property near his weekend retreat.
Polis says Sundance Energy had an illegal well that was too close to his property in Weld County. Inspectors found one well violated state laws requiring buffer zones.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell met Tuesday with the coalition of drillers and an environmental group that helped craft the plan by Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper to cut methane emissions from natural gas production and transmission.
The meeting comes as the department and the Bureau of Land Management continue to deliberate over proposed hydraulic fracturing rules for wells drilled on federal lands that would set well integrity, fluids handling and disclosure standards, but would not regulate methane releases.
Opponents of hydraulic fracturing are expected to hold a noisy demonstration around New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State speech Wednesday, urging him to ban the practice, The Associated Press reports.
HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was justified in immediately barring residents in North Texas from using water contaminated with explosive methane and cancer-causing benzene, but additional testing and work needs to be done to assess whether a risk still exists, an internal investigation found.
By visiting Taiwan, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is breaking a promise the U.S. made to China, a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said at a briefing, adding that Beijing has lodged a protest, Reuters reports.
West Texas Intermediate dipped Tuesday on predictions that U.S. inventories increased last week, with the contract for May delivery closing down 30 cents to $103.75 a barrel on the Nymex. In London, Brent fell 33 cents on the final day of the May contract, to $108.74, Bloomberg reports.
CEO Jeff Immelt still has the support of the board at General Electric, but people familiar with the company say discussions have begun about whether GE should pick a veteran executive as his successor, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Richard Li, the Hong Kong billionaire outbid in the sale of bankrupt Fisker Automotive, still stands to make more than $60 million on the company’s loan he bought at auction from the Energy Department last year, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., facing a tough re-election battle, released a campaign ad in which she stresses her defense of the state’s oil industry and her power as the chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, as well as her differences with the Obama administration, The Hill reports.
Attorney General John Suthers considers Colorado to be ground zero in the debate over fracking, where voter initiatives against the drilling practice are multiplying even as the oil boom in the state intensifies, The Denver Post reports.