The House Natural Resources Committee is expected to advance legislation by Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, that would prevent the Interior Department from strengthening regulations on mountain removal coal mining, The Hill reports.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Rural neighbors of an abandoned World War II-era copper mine that has leaked toxic chemicals in northern Nevada for decades have won up to a $19.5 million settlement from companies they accused of covering up the contamination.
BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday it opposes the release of a WTO report about its export curbs on rare earths — exotic minerals used in mobile phones and other high-tech products — following news accounts that the document rejects Beijing's policy as a trade violation.
On her second try, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has managed to get the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to join her on legislation to expand U.S. production of rare earths and other minerals critical for high-tech domestic manufacturing.
The question now is whether she can get a vote on the Senate floor -- where seemingly popular energy bills often stall under the weight of controversial unrelated amendments -- and then reach a deal with pro-mining House Republicans.
Thousands of miners and coal industry workers joined coal-state lawmakers for a Capitol Hill rally against the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed greenhouse gas regulations, National Journal reports.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — CONSOL Energy Inc. said Monday it is selling all five of its longwall coal mines in West Virginia to a subsidiary of Ohio-based Murray Energy for a deal that includes $850 million in cash.
The Mining Safety and Health Administration issued its first pattern of violation notices to two West Virginia mines and one Kentucky mine under a revised violation monitoring rule, State Journal reports.
Bristol Bay United, a new advocacy group opposing the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska, launched a new television campaign stressing the importance of sockeye salmon populations that the project could harm, the Anchorage Daily News reports.
In an interview with FuelFix, former Mexican President Vicente Fox said he's "optimistic" that Mexico's Congress will approve constitutional reforms that would open the nation's energy markets to outside investment.
Energy-conservation lobbying groups the Alliance to Save Energy and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy urged the Environmental Protection Agency to prioritize energy efficiency in its greenhouse-gas regulations at existing power plants, National Journal reports.
As the Obama administration moves closer to a final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, time is running short for Canada to offer a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions as a bartering chip for the project's approval, Reuters reports.
The Senate's recent change to filibuster rules clears the path for President Obama's three nominees to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals for confirmation, which would result in a 7-4 Democratic majority on the key court, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will finalize its rules limiting ship speed in certain regions of the Eastern Seaboard to prevent collisions with endangered North Atlantic right whales, The Hill reports.
The Environmental Integrity Project said in a report that the current boom in natural gas production from shale would eventually increase carbon-dioxide emissions in related industries by 91 million tons per year, E&E reports.
Power generated by the planned Hancock Wind project in Maine will be sold to Burlington Electric Department in Vermont, according to a deal announced Friday by wind farm operator First Wind, the Boston Globe reports.
Virginia has moved closer to its goal of setting up a research turbine on the Outer Continental Shelf off the state's coast to gather wind data, now that BOEM has found no competing interests in the area, Newsplex.com reports.
ConocoPhillips said Friday it will set aside more than half of its $16.7 billion budget next year for North American shale projects, adding that it expects to hit its production target of 1,600 barrels a day, Reuters reports.