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Ohio governor to sign green energy rollback despite renewed opposition

Source: 
Dayton Daily News

Governor John Kasich will sign a measure putting a two-year freeze on green energy targets in Ohio, despite a coalition of 51 companies and 21 organizations sending him a letter urging him not to, his spokesman said, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Oil and gas industry fight carbon rule despite potential boost from it

Source: 
National Journal

The Environmental Protection Agency’s rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants would potentially offer a big boost to natural gas producers, but some of the industry’s big guns, including the American Petroleum Institute, are fighting the regulation, National Journal reports.

US pausing campaign against Iran’s crude sales: WH

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Global crude oil supplies are sufficient at the moment so that countries don’t need to buy crude from Iran, but the U.S. is pausing in its efforts to shut down Tehran’s exports while nuclear talks continue, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Fracking fight focusing on power of communities

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

The fight over how much power communities should have to regulate fracking is growing around the country – with Colorado facing the prospect of a massive campaign on multiple referendums in November -- and even North Dakota and Texas are looking to set limits on where rigs can be located, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Obama meeting with European allies on Ukraine

BRUSSELS (AP) — President Barack Obama is meeting with two of his most important European allies — Britain and France — as they navigate shifting conditions in the Ukraine crisis now that a new government is coming to power.

Obama plans to consult Thursday with British Prime Minister David Cameron in Brussels after a gathering of world leaders at the Group of 7 summit, then hop a short flight to Paris for dinner with French President Francois Hollande. Topping the agenda was what to do about Russia and its involvement in Ukraine.

State board votes to protect California wolf

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Gray wolves roaming into California from Oregon will have added protections now that a state board has listed the species as endangered despite other parts of the country relaxing rules on hunting the iconic predator.

The California Fish and Game Commission's vote Wednesday came as biologists announced that an Oregon wolf famous for hopscotching between the two states has fathered pups within about 50 miles of the border, making it a matter of time before more wolves make California home.

That wolf — known as OR-7 and carrying a GPS tracking collar — forced the debate in California that has pitted cattle ranchers against those who wish to see the packs flourish after a long hiatus. Ranchers view the predator as a threat to valuable herds.

Oil

Court: BP must pay Clean Water Act fines for spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The owners of the blown-out Macondo well cannot avoid federal fines for the 2010 oil spill by blaming another company's failed equipment, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The oil came from a well owned by BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., so they are liable, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. It upheld a 2012 ruling by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who has scheduled a trial in January to help decide how much the oil giant owes in federal Clean Water Act penalties.

"We hope the court's decision will be one more step toward reaching a just conclusion for the American people," U.S. Justice Department spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle said in an email.

Senate Democrats

Manchin won't back McConnell bill to stop EPA carbon rules

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has touted his new bill to stop the President Barack Obama's proposed regulation of power plant carbon emissions, but he can't count on support from a leading pro-coal Democrat.

A spokesman for Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., said Wednesday that he opposes  McConnell's bill.

"Sen. Manchin is much more interested in using the full year between now and when the rule would become final to explore avenues that ensure recognition of the need for current and future coal resources to ensure reliability and the future of our economy," the spokesman said.

Wandering Oregon wolf has pups in Cascade Range

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's famous wandering wolf has fathered pups with a mate in the southern Cascade Range — the first confirmed wolf pack in those mountains since the 1940s, officials said Wednesday.

Biologists made the determination after traveling Monday to a site in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest east of Medford, where photos and a GPS tracking collar showed the wolf known as OR-7 has been living with a mate.

They saw two pups peering out from a pile of logs and may have heard more, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said.

Alaska village sues to open road in refuge

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska village that unsuccessfully pushed to build a road through a national wildlife refuge to improve its access for emergency flights at a nearby airport is turning to the courts for relief.

The city of King Cove sued the Interior Department on Wednesday over its denial of a gravel road to Cold Bay through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

Both communities are at the tip of the Alaska Peninsula.

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