COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A closely watched lawsuit in Ohio is asking a question that's burning in cities and towns throughout shale country: Can regulations in states eager for the jobs and tax revenues that come with gas and oil drilling trump local restrictions that communities say protect them from haphazard development?
The head of the National Park Service has withdrawn technical comments on the Interior Department's proposed regulations on hydraulic fracturing, saying the comments contained multiple flaws.
In a letter released late Tuesday by a House subcommittee chairman, NPS Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said the comments on the Bureau of Land Management proposal were filed without his review and inappropriately included a reference to an opinion column in The New York Times. He said he has asked that they be pulled from the comments on the rule under consideration by BLM.
Shell is promising the Obama administration that its equipment is ready and personnel properly trained for more Arctic drilling in 2014, reports Fuelfix, as the company outlines its plans for future exploratory operations following criticism of its past safety record.
Energy IPOs picked up nearly $6 billion in Wall Street investment in 2013, more than triple the amount the year before, says Fuelfix, which reports that many involve master limited partnerships, popular with pipeline companies.
A study commissioned by API and National Ocean Industries Association concludes that opening the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf to oil and gas drilling would create 280,000 new jobs and boost investment and U.S. production, the Oil & Gas Journal reports.
Vice President Joe Biden's trip to China has brought pledges Washington and Beijing will work more closely on greenhouse gas issues, energy data transparency and climate change, National Journal reports.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, a Republican, told the EPA's Renewable Fuel Standards hearing that Iowans who voted for President Barack Obama because of his support of ethanol "feel betrayed" by the proposal to cut the amount of ethanol required under the law next year, The Des Moines Register reports.
Homeowners who install their own solar panels and the EPA are among the targets appearing on the American Legislative Exchange Council's agenda in the coming year, according to documents being reported on by the Guardian.
The Obama administration has nearly finished work on the rule that would allow, without penalty, the disturbance or killing of eagles by large wind farms and other energy facilities for as long as 30 years, according to The Hill.