JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African officials say 33 poached rhino horns and hundreds of chopsticks and bracelets made from elephant ivory that were seized in Hong Kong have been returned to South Africa.
The head of the National Park Service has withdrawn technical comments on the Interior Department's proposed regulations on hydraulic fracturing, saying the comments contained multiple flaws.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.
The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday sought to defend its proposal to re-define the Clean Water Act's reach over streams and wetlands, a plan that has been assailed by Republicans as a vast expansion of federal power over private property.
In an EPA blog post, the agency's acting assistant administrator for water, Nancy Stoner, said the plan will not be finalized before the agency's Science Advisory Board completes a review of a draft science report backing up the proposal.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The oilfield services company Weatherford International has agreed to pay more than $250 million to settle federal charges that it bribed officials in the Middle East and Africa to win business.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading Democratic and Republican senators are crafting legislation to reinstate the full force of sanctions and impose new ones if Iran doesn't make good on its pledge to roll back its nuclear program, brushing aside the Obama administration's fears about upending its diplomatic momentum.
North Dakota lawmakers and state officials asked the Fish and Wildlife Service to extend a public comment period on its proposed 39,000-acre habitat for two endangered species of butterfly, arguing the plan could hurt energy development, The Hill 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's 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.
Cheniere's soaring share price hit a new record high Thursday and then again on Friday, following news of a deal to supply natural gas to Indonesia from a Corpus Christi facility that's still in the planning stages, according to Fuelfix.
Solaria has filed suit against a federal agency, seeking nearly $30 million after the Overseas Private Investment Corp. walked away from a deal with the California solar firm despite signing a commitment letter offering financing.
U.S. oil prices will remain relatively low and demand will increase, according to a Goldman Sachs analyst, who predicts the commodity cycle dominated by strong demand from China and India will turn "upside down," Reuters reports.
A Colorado State University professor says the oil and gas industry has helped the state recover from the recession, according to the Reporter-Herald, though not without social and environmental costs.