The move by Baker Hughes to paint its drill bits pink to draw attention to breast cancer has now generated more than 10,000 signatures on an online petition asking the Susan G. Komen foundation to break its partnership with the oilfield services firm, because of accusations linking fracking chemicals to cancer, FuelFix reports.
House Oversight and Government Reform Government Operations Subcommittee hearing, "Gym Memberships, Gift Cards, and Hair Salons: Examining the Misuse of Government-Supplied Credit Cards." EPA, Labor Department inspectors general officials to testify.
An employee of Appalachian Laboratories Inc., John W. Shelton, pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to violate the Clean Water Act, acknowledging he faked test results from mines by doctoring and swapping samples, as well as failing to refrigerate them as required, the Charleston Gazette reports.
The Energy Department's cybersecurity weaknesses and the disposal of nuclear waste rank among its top long-term hurdles, according to a new report by Inspector General Gregory H. Friedman.
In his annual listing of significant department management challenges issued Friday, Friedman also stressed attention to its multi-billion dollar loan guarantee program, which Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has ramped up to support new nuclear power, renewable energy and low-carbon fossil fuel projects.
The Office of Advocacy in the Small Business Administration, which has written to the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers calling on them to pull the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, surprised the American Sustainable Business Council, which backed the regulation, E&E reports.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials reactivated the state's 22 firefighting air tankers on Friday, days after one of the aircraft crashed in Yosemite National Park, killing the pilot.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Janet Upton said the agency lifted the safety stand-down for the twin-engine S-2T airplanes after federal investigators approved letting the planes fly.
The American Legislative Exchange Council will weather the departure of Google, Facebook and Yahoo and the moves may even strengthen the group’s battles against environmental regulations, an analyst told National Journal.
In a move spearheaded by the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, opponents of Mexico’s energy reform have gathered millions of signatures on a petition to force a referendum on the issue, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Coming from different sides of the issue, environmentalists and a number of states presented arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit against the Environmental Protection Agency’s designation of areas that do and don’t meet its 2008 ozone rule, E&E reports.
Tom Steyer is closing in on the $50 million he promised to put into his NextGen Climate PAC in the 2014 election cycle, as the $15 million he added in September – reflected in Federal Election Commission records – brings his total to some $41 million, The Hill reports.
Minnesota Democrats Sen. Al Franken and Rep. Collin Peterson, as well as Michigan Senatorial candidate Rep. Gary Peters, are getting support from ads being run by Fuels America, a biofuels group, which is also lending its support to Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., The Hill reports.
If oil prices dropped to less than $80 a barrel, a third of U.S. production of shale oil would no longer be economically viable, an analyst told Bloomberg, which reports that such a major development would change the global energy picture.
A bigger-than-expected increase in Chinese quarterly gross domestic product numbers sent oil prices higher Tuesday. West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery rose 10 cents as the contract expired, to $82.81 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London December Brent jumped 1 percent, or 82 cents, to $86.22, Bloomberg reports.
Crestwood Midstream Partners says it will start seeking binding contracts in November for its proposed 30-mile MARC II natural gas pipeline in New England, having attracted nonbinding commitments for 700 million cubic feet per day already, FuelFix reports.
California’s big agricultural firms produce almonds, pistachios, melons and tomatoes in the Westlands district with irrigation despite the state’s crippling drought, but they buy and import huge quantities of water to do it, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Russia and the crisis over Ukraine, the fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the advent of cheap shale gas are some of the challenges facing European Union leaders as they meet in a summit to discuss climate change issues later this week, The New York Times reports.