ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — More than 20 years of habitat restoration and breeding programs have helped the endangered Karner blue butterfly make a comeback in the pine barrens of upstate New York where it was discovered by Russian author Vladimir Nabokov decades ago.
"This project has been unbelievably rewarding," said Neil Gifford, conservation director for the 3,200-acre Albany Pine Bush Preserve. "Getting to see an animal that was on the brink of extinction locally, now have a robust and healthy population, is just incredible."
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — As Congress considers a long-awaited transportation funding bill, some Republican governors as well as Democrats say they aren't waiting to raise or borrow money to fix or build roads, bridges and highways.
Federal lawmakers should look at funding options like raising the federal fuel tax, since many states have had to increase their own, some state executives at the National Governors Association meeting said Friday.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Environmental activists in Portland are protesting the arrival of the Fennica, a vessel that Royal Dutch Shell PLC plans to use in its Arctic offshore drilling project after it's repaired.
The damaged ship, a 380-foot icebreaker, arrived at a Swan Island dry dock about 3 a.m. Saturday. The icebreaker is a key part of Shell's exploration and spill-response plan off Alaska's northwest coast. It protects Shell's fleet from ice and carries equipment that can stop gushing oil.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — State regulators this week will consider whether to approve for the second time in just over five years construction through South Dakota of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline, but it's unlikely a decision will come immediately.
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission hearing process is set to begin Monday and is scheduled to stretch until Aug. 4. The state initially authorized TransCanada Corp.'s project in 2010, but permits must be revisited if construction doesn't start within four years. The commission is now considering the firm's guarantee that it can complete the project while meeting the conditions of the 2010 approval.
Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., announced Friday that the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act has acquired two more co-sponsors, bringing the total of backers for the measure to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act to a filibuster-proof 60, National Journal reports.
Fourteen senators from both sides of the aisle, many from ethanol-producing states, went to the White House Thursday to tell chief of staff Denis McDonough that the Environmental Protection Agency should make a bold move when it finalizes three years’ worth of blending mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard next month, The Hill reports.
Control of Miller Energy Resources Inc. will be handed over to an affiliate of Apollo Global Management LLC and J.P. Morgan Chase unit Highbridge, under an agreement in place as the Texas-based Alaska driller filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A sharp drop in the overall U.S. rig count—to levels not seen since 2002—sent oil prices rebounding Friday. West Texas Intermediate Crude for November delivery jumped 80 cents, or 1.8 percent, to settle at $45.54 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent gained 44 cents to $48.13, Marketwatch reports.
SolarCity says it plans to start producing a panel with an output of 22 percent—which it touts as a 40-percent improvement in efficiency—at its Silicon Valley factory this month, The New York Times reports.
“Storage is the solution” to integrating solar energy into the grid, SunPower Corp. CEO Tom Werner told E&E in an interview, adding that he thought the utility industry and the grid would be transformed within a decade.
The International Energy Agency expects the growth of the renewable energy sector to level off, meaning it will fall short of what’s needed “to meet ambitious climate change mitigation goals,” the agency's renewable chief told The Washington Post.