Residents of Wyoming, Texas and Pennsylvania who say their water supplies were tainted by hydraulic fracturing gathered in front of the White House on Wednesday to call for new investigations into the process, Environment News Service reports.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will make the case often in the coming months that proposed new power plant carbon regulations don't represent a war on coal, because no new coal plants were going to be built anyway.
Her critics accuse her of ignoring the cost of complying with EPA's mercury rule that will make old coal plants too expensive to upgrade. But what gives McCarthy confidence is the natural gas boom that President Barack Obama has embraced _ and must continue to encourage _ if he is to achieve his greenhouse gas reduction goals.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., urged the Energy Department's inspector general to swiftly resume its investigation into the Bonneville Power Administration, saying he has "credible evidence" of whistle-blower retaliation, The Hill reports.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane said water exposed to radiation released from the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant would reach the U.S. West coast at relatively safe levels, Bloomberg reports.
TransCanada Corp. said the southern portion of the Keystone pipeline would be ready to ship oil by mid-January, backing off the anticipated start date of Jan. 3 it submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Bloomberg reports.
A group of environmental organizations urged the Environmental Protection Agency to develop regulations to curb methane emissions and called on the Interior Department to strengthen existing rules to limit the greenhouse gas, National Journal reports.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission hired a new resident inspector at the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Plymouth, Mass., but the agency said the plant's recent performance rating downgrade played no role in the decision, The Patriot Ledger reports.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, suggested that climate change would offer some economic benefit for his state by opening up Arctic trade routes between China and Europe that could include Maine's coastal cities as a stop, the Kennebec Journal reports.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission signed a five-year lease extension for its headquarters in Rockville, Md., after the House Transportation Committee passed a resolution allowing the agency to retain the lease in exchange for relinquishing space in another building, Washington Business Journal
The shutdown of nuclear reactors in the aftermath of the Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster has pushed Japan to fossil fuels, leading to higher pollution and higher costs as the government prepares to release a long-term power security plan, Bloomberg reports.
European oil companies Royal Dutch Shell and Vitol Group met with Iranian oil minister Bijan Zanganeh for early discussions on reopening the country's energy industry to wider markets, The Wall Street Journal reports.