The head of the National Park Service has withdrawn technical comments on the Interior Department's proposed regulations on hydraulic fracturing, saying the comments contained multiple flaws.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.
President Barack Obama on Monday named Cheryl A. LaFleur the acting chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, following the departure of Jon Wellinghoff for the private sector.
LaFleur is a Democrat who joined the five-member commission in 2010. She takes the reins following former chairman Wellinghoff's last day on Sunday, nearly five months after his term expired, and while Obama contemplates a nominee to become the next permanent chairman.
University of Toronto chemists have discovered perfluorotributylamine, a made-made chemical, can exist as a greenhouse gas 7,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide that can linger in the atmosphere for 500 years, the Toronto Star reports.
The inclusion of the U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement in a bipartisan budget deal won praise from oil industry groups and puts Congress on track to ratify the treaty before Jan. 17, FuelFix reports.
The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected the Environmental Protection Agency's rule allowing approval of certain heavy-duty truck engines that didn't meet 2001 emission standards, E&E reports.
In separate appeals, Rep Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., urged the Supreme Court to reject a lower court's ruling on the Environmental Protection Agency's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and reinstate the measure, National Journal reports.
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., introduced legislation to block Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy from traveling abroad without holding public meetings on the agency's carbon emission rules in coal-reliant states, The Hill reports.
European Commission Director General for Climate Jos Delbeke said the European Union could move to develop a reserve of carbon permits next year to respond to the current surplus in its carbon trading system, Bloomberg reports.
University of California, Berkeley physicist and climate scientist Richard Muller urged environmentalist to embrace the development of shale gas as a means to reduce carbon and particulate matter emissions, E&E reports.