BLM pressed on environmental impact of fracking in Ohio forests

The Associated Press

Those opposed to allowing fracking in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest are calling on the Bureau of Land Management to do a full-scale environmental impact study before deciding on whether to allow oil and gas drilling there, The Associated Press reports.

After Keystone, greens to push to ‘keep it in the ground’

The Hill

Now that President Obama has rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, environmentalists are focusing on the looming Paris climate negotiations before turning their attention to fighting to keep fossil fuel reserves in the ground, The Hill reports.

Another lawsuit filed over Casselton derailment

The Forum

A second railroad worker – a train conductor -- has filed suit against BNSF, alleging that negligent safety practices left him injured after an oil train derailed in North Dakota two years ago, The Forum reports.

EPA settles with companies over gas processing in Pennsylvania


Oklahoma-based Elkhorn Investments and Elkhorn Gas Processing have reached an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency to pay a penalty of more than $50,000 and correct defects in five Pennsylvania gas processing plants that could have resulted in environmental harm in the event of any spills or leaks, NPR’s StateImpact Pennsylvania reports.

No verdict in Blankenship trial, judge tells jurors to keep deliberating

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Jurors told a federal judge Thursday that they could not agree on a verdict in the trial of ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, but the judge ordered them to continue deliberating.

The jury sent a note to U.S. District Judge Irene Berger late Thursday morning asking how long they should continue deliberating and saying they could not agree.

Lawmakers want Corps, not EPA, to remediate landfill

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Four members of Missouri's congressional delegation on Thursday called for the Army Corps of Engineers to take over remediation of the West Lake Landfill site in St. Louis County, saying the Environmental Protection Agency is moving too slowly in addressing concerns about nuclear contamination.

Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill and Reps. Ann Wagner and William Lacy Clay introduced legislation to transfer remediation authority and put the site in the Corps' Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program. Blunt and Wagner are Republicans; McCaskill and Clay are Democrats.

What's for dinner? Genetically engineered salmon OK'd by FDA

WASHINGTON (AP) — What's for dinner? Before long, it may well be genetically modified salmon, the first such altered animal cleared for human consumption in the United States.

Critics call it "frankenfish," but the Food and Drug Administration granted its approval on Thursday, saying the faster-growing salmon is safe to eat. It could be available in a couple of years.

VW weighs finances as it prepares to present US engines fix

WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen's board is discussing the automaker's future financial strategy in the wake of its emissions-rigging scandal, and was due to present to U.S. authorities later Friday its plan to fix the affected diesel engines.

The 20-member board began meeting Friday morning behind closed doors to talk about how to best balance savings and investment in light of the massive costs it can expect to incur from the scandal.

Smith, Cornyn address Texas energy forum

Austin, November 20, 2015, 8:30 am

House Science, Space and Technology Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, to give a keynote address on the Environmental Protection Agency's "shredding of science and the Constitution" at the Texas Public Policy Foundation's Energy & Climate Policy Summit. Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, also set to speak on legal challenges to federal action.

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GOP to Obama: Give us Paris vote, or lose climate funding

Senate Republicans are giving President Barack Obama an ultimatum on any United Nations-backed climate deal: allow the Senate to vote on any binding agreement, or it won’t authorize climate funding for developing nations.

In a letter Thursday to Obama, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman James Inhofe, R-Okla., Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and 37 other Republicans warned the president that he shouldn’t go into Paris on Nov. 30 promising a commitment to the U.N. Green Climate Fund.

“We pledge that Congress will not allow U.S. taxpayer dollars to go to the Green Climate Fund until the forthcoming international climate agreement is submitted to the Senate for its constitutional advice and consent,” the senators wrote.


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