Group threatens lawsuit against SEC on disclosure rules

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Oxfam America says it will file suit against the Securities and Exchange Commission unless the SEC moves to expedite a  rule to require mining and energy companies to disclose their payments to foreign governments, The Hill reports.

Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing on Sherwood-Randall nomination

Washington, July 24, 2014, 10:00 am

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the nomination of Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall to become Energy Department deputy secretary, replacing Dan Poneman.

Senate Energy and Natural Resources subcommitee hearing on conservation bills

Washington, July 23, 2014, 2:30 pm

Senate Energy and Natural Resources National Parks Subcommittee hearing on pending conservation bills. 

Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on flood insurance

Washington, July 23, 2014, 2:30 pm

Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing, "Insuring our Future: Building a Flood Insurance Program We Can Live With, Grow With, and Prosper With." Witnesses include Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate.

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on EPA power plant carbon rule

Washington, July 23, 2014, 9:30 am

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing, "EPA’s Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants." EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to testify.

Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing on international energy issues and security

Washington, July 22, 2014, 3:00 pm

Senate Foreign Relations International Development and Foreign Assistance Subcommittee hearing,"U.S. Security Implications of International Energy and Climate Policies and Issues." Witnesses include Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy Amos Hochstein, Agency for International Development Assistant Administrator Eric Postel, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Daniel Chiu. 

Senate Energy & Natural Resources hearing on Interior Department revenues

Washington, July 22, 2014, 10:30 am

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, "Leveraging America's Resources as a Revenue Generator and Job Creator." Interior Department Office of Natural Resource Revenue Director Gregory Gould to testify.

California homeowners warned about brown lawns

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some homeowners following the state's new drought-conscious motto that brown is the new green are being warned by local governments that they could be slapped with fines because of those dried up lawns.

In an attempt to get Californians to take the drought seriously, the state water board voted this week for mandatory outdoor watering restrictions that carry the threat of $500 fines.

EPA: Duke done dredging coal ash from NC river

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy has completed removal of large pockets of coal ash from the Dan River months after a massive spill at a North Carolina power plant, federal environmental officials said Thursday.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's on-scene coordinator, Myles Bartos, said Duke had dredged up about 2,500 tons of ash and contaminated sediment that settled against a dam in Danville, Virginia. Another 500 tons was recovered from other pockets in the river and settling tanks at two municipal water treatment plants in Virginia.

Risk of earthquake increased for about half of US

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about half of the United States and lowers it for nearly a quarter of the nation.

The U.S. Geological Survey updated Thursday its national seismic hazard maps for the first time since 2008, taking into account research from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the Japanese coast and the surprise 2011 Virginia temblor.


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