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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The stocks of U.S. petroleum products increased last week, the Energy Information Administration reported, although the million barrel rise in crude stocks was less than analysts’ expected, while the jump in gasoline stocks exceeded predictions, according to Reuters.
Earthjustice filed court papers Tuesday on behalf of several environmental and health groups seeking to intervene to defend the Environmental Protection Agency’s lower ozone limits from a lawsuit brought by coal company Murray Energy, The Hill reports.
State Department climate envoy Todd Stern told a news conference that he’s thinking about the upside, not the downside, heading into a critical global conference on climate change policy that starts Monday, National Journal reports.
The plan for coal producer Walter Energy to emerge from bankruptcy is being fought by unions and the firm’s retired workers in Alabama, but a court Tuesday approved the company’s move to auction off assets, Reuters reports.
Acting to lower its credit rating for Pemex, Moody’s Investors Service pointed to the firm’s increasing debt and declining earnings, although Mexico’s national oil company responded by saying the move brings the agency in line with other ratings firms, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The White House and the billionaire conservative Koch brothers have been allies recently in moves to liberalize the nation’s criminal justice laws, but they are disagreeing over one measure that would require proof of suspects knowingly engaging in unlawful conduct, The New York Times reports, noting that such a move is alarming environmentalists.
According to a report released this week by the U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, weather-related disasters have caused more than 600,000 deaths and trillions of dollars in damages over the past 20 years, The New York Times reports.
A market-based approach for cutting vehicles’ greenhouse gas emissions—which could include mileage-based driver fees or emissions trading—is the goal as Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the District of Columbia announced an agreement to work together on the issue, Reuters reports.