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Petition growing for cancer charity to break with Baker Hughes

Source: 
FuelFix

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 subcommittee hearing on misuse of government credit cards

Washington, October 14, 2014, 1:00 pm

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.  

Guilty plea over fake water samples in W.Va.

Source: 
The Charleston Gazette

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.

EnergyGuardian

DOE faces long road ahead on cyber, spent nuclear fuel, IG says

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.

Water rule backers question SBA office that opposed it

Source: 
E&E

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.

Oil

California reactivates firefighting airplanes

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.

Stern gives climate change address

New Haven, Conn., October 14, 2014, 4:30 pm

State Department Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern delivers climate change address in advance of U.N. climate conference in Peru.

Obama to designate national monument in LA area

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will forever protect from development nearly 350,000 acres within the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles.

Obama is stopping at Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas, California, on Friday, to make the announcement.

ALEC departures may galvanize its environmental fights

Source: 
National Journal

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.

Opposition gets signatures to force energy referendum in Mexico

Source: 
The Wall Street 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.

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