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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Analysts were speculating on whether the bear market in oil has found its floor, as prices increased early Wednesday on expectation data would show that gasoline stockpiles dropped last week. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery was up 22 cents to $82.71 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent gained 59 cents to $86.81, Bloomberg reports.
Big mining companies like BHP Billiton are producing more metallurgical coal, hoping that their economies of scale will help them make a profit even though prices remain stubbornly low, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Some critics of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission praised departing chair Allison Macfarlane for her concerns about the safety of spent fuel, while the NRC itself refused to speculate on who might replace her after her exit in January, Politico reports.
Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, praised the partnership between Skyonic’s new carbon capture facility and Zachry Corp.’s neighboring cement plant as a model for the future, at Tuesday’s dedication ceremony for the Capitol SkyMine plant, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
More than 125,000 ads in 2014 Senate campaigns have the environment and climate change as their subjects, a record number that reflects the priorities of some of the wealthy donors who are paying for them, The New York Times reports.
If Democrats make a good showing on Election Day against Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. and chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, it would give them a boost toward winning the seat in two years’ time, National Journal reports.
Saying the bill had strong support from lawmakers and merely reinforces existing measures, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday signed legislation backing the power of auto dealers and preventing Tesla Motors from selling directly to consumers, The Washington Post reports.
Talks between Russian and Ukrainian officials in Brussels Tuesday failed to produce a gas deal, but the issue remains on the table and EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger would like to see an agreement – which would secure gas supplies for Europe this winter -- signed next Wednesday, The New York Times reports.