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.
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.
A day before arguments were due to be heard in court on the issue, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox handed over documents an environmental group had requested about the state’s decision to join in a protest over proposed fracking regulation on federal land, the Great Falls Tribune reports.
A new ethane export facility along the Gulf Coast in Texas could handle 240,000 barrels per day and help relieve the growing glut of the liquefied gas, according to Enterprise Products Partners, which plans to build it, FuelFix reports.
With just over six months to go until November elections, a poll commissioned by The New York Times finds Senate incumbents vulnerable in four important Southern states, with Republicans having the edge but victory not out of reach for Democrats.
Rancher Cliven Bundy, in his well-publicized dispute with the Bureau of Land Management, has tapped into long-held Western resentment over extensive federal land ownership in the region, The New York Times reports.
Japan is protesting that limiting ships to 49 meters wide in the expanded Panama Canal would exclude the giant Q-Flex carrier, which would affect possible U.S. LNG export deals, The Wall Street Journal reports
U.S. ethanol stocks last week gained 566,000 barrels to more than 16.5 million, a seven-week high, according to the Energy Information Administration, despite a slip in production that was anticipated as plants went offline for maintenance, Platts reports.
“Nobody knows” about Barack Obama’s thinking on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, a White House spokesman tweeted Wednesday night, disputing a report in Rolling Stone that the president was likely to decide against the controversial project, National Journal reports.
Support for a review of any proposal to send Canadian oil sands crude through the Portland Montreal Pipe Line by Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire has environmentalists wondering if she will rethink her support for the Keystone XL project, E&E reports.
The Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that pits an electronics manufacturer against North Carolina landowners over groundwater pollution and whether a state statute takes precedence over federal law that exempts toxic waste cases from deadlines, E&E reports.