RENO, Nev. (AP) — An unprecedented attempt to protect sage grouse habitat across parts of more than 900 square miles of privately owned land in Nevada will begin under a deal Thursday involving the federal government, an environmental group and the world's largest gold mining company.
The agreement comes as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approaches a fall deadline for a decision on whether to protect the greater sage grouse, a bird roughly the size of a chicken that ranges across the West, under the Endangered Species Act.
A revived Department of Energy program to provide loans to promote fuel efficient vehicles will give Alcoa $259 million to expand a Tennessee sheet metal factory that supplies the auto industry, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Finance Committee chair Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, had wanted the full Senate to be debating fast track trade authority for the president by now, but the issue is being held up in committee by uncertainty from ranking member Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., National Journal reports.
President Obama will request the resignation of Rafael Moure-Eraso, head of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board -- three months before his term is set to finish -- after lawmakers from both parties urged the White House to take the step, an aide to the House Science Committee told National Journal.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama met with mayors and owners of small businesses at the White House on Wednesday to highlight the benefits of trade on a broad swath of the economy.
Participants included Mayors Michael Nutter of Philadelphia and Bob Buckhorn of Tampa, Florida, as well as nine small-business owners from across the country. The meeting was part of Obama's push for trade policies that face opposition within the Democratic Party.
BOSTON (AP) — From picturesque coastal estuaries of Cape Cod to the soaring White Mountains, much of New England's rich native flora is fighting for survival against increasing odds, according to what conservationists call the most comprehensive accounting ever made of the region's plant life.
The report, to be released Thursday by the New England Wild Flower Society, studied more than 3,500 known plant species and determined that 22 percent are considered rare, in decline, endangered or possibly extinct. Many plants also range over a much smaller geographical area than they once did.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Science Committee issued a subpoena Wednesday to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy seeking her text messages and other electronic communications.
Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said he was left with no alternative but to issue the subpoena after the EPA refused to provide complete records in response to the committee's repeated requests for all emails and text messages sent by McCarthy and other top officials.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The world's largest oil services company, Schlumberger Ltd., has agreed to a penalty of more than $232 million and one of its subsidiaries will plead guilty to trade sanctions violations, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.
The criminal case against Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings Ltd. resolves a yearslong investigation into allegations that the wholly owned subsidiary had illegally conducted business from Texas with Sudan and Iran in violation of U.S. economic sanctions.
North Dakota and the Midwest shipped out an average of 732,000 barrels of crude per day in January, according to monthly statistics on crude-by-rail movements released for the first time Tuesday by the Energy Information Administration, The Hill reports.
Republicans may be urging states to turn their backs on Environmental Protection Agency rules limiting power plant carbon emissions, but Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is gearing Missouri up to cooperate, going so far as to send officials to an EPA “policy academy” on ways to meet the new standards, the Springfield News-Leader reports.
New driller Independence Resources Management LLC -- which intends to focus on unconventional shale plays in places like the Anadarko Basin – is getting $500 million in backing from private equity firm Warburg Pincus, the Houston Business Journal reports.
Even with solar installations of their own, most customers would be better off financially staying connected to the grid, according to a study in the journal Energy Policy, The Washington Post reports.
An amended lawsuit filed by Petrobras investors in New York last week claims that auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers ignored "obvious red flags" that should have tipped it to a fraud and money laundering scheme, Bloomberg reports.