The head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has a blunt message to Republicans and industry that she's not afraid to repeat: Don't look to us step into the fight over President Barack Obama's power plant carbon regulations.
In an interview with E&E on Thursday, Cheryl LaFleur, fresh off her appointment by Obama as full chairman until next April, said FERC will make sure the Environmental Protection Agency is made aware of any electricity reliability concerns.
But she made it clear she won't lead any effort to get EPA to scrap or delay the rule before it is finalized next year.
The window for public comment on a proposal to restrict pollution from refineries has been extended until Oct. 28, the Environmental Protection Agency says in a notice to be published in the Federal Register Friday, The Hill reports.
The Energy Department is set to finalize its new process to review liquefied natural gas exports to non-free trade agreement countries, one that could slow the pace of new approvals to follow the handful issued to date.
The department said the changes would go into effect immediately upon publication of a notice in the Federal Register on Friday, less than a month after a comment period ended.
The Environmental Protection Agency rule to protect fish from the impact of power plant cooling water is finally being published in the Federal Register Friday even though the EPA announced it back in May, and the regulation -- criticized by both environmentalists and business groups -- will take effect in 60 days, The Hill reports.
The head of Russia’s state-owned oil company Rosneft -- Igor Sechin, himself a direct target of sanctions – has asked the government to spend some $42 billion on his company’s bonds to help it weather Western steps taken over the Ukraine crisis, according to the Vedomosti newspaper, The Wall Street Journal reports.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's environmental regulators laid out a plan Thursday to assist cities with testing and treating their drinking water, a first step in the state's response to a water emergency in Toledo that left 400,000 people without clean tap water.
The state also will commit just over $1 million to help farmers add drainage systems and plant cover crops to reduce the amount of fertilizer that runs off their fields, dumping phosphorus into rivers and streams.
Phosphorus, found in both agriculture runoff and sewage overflows, feeds the blue-green algae found on Lake Erie that produce the toxin found in Toledo's water supply nearly two weeks ago.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's prime minister has criticized Ukraine for preparing sanctions against Russia.
Robert Fico says "it's weird" that Ukraine, which has an association agreement with the 28-nation European Union and receives help from the bloc, takes "unilateral steps" that can pose a threat to the economic interests of individual EU nations.
Fico said Thursday that EU officials should deal with sanctions.
Oil prices appeared holding steady early Monday, as the talks over Iran’s nuclear program appeared headed for a break to be resumed next month and ahead of an OPEC meeting that will make key decisions on crude production. U.S. benchmark crude was 15 cents higher at $76.66 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent edged up 4 cents to $80.40, Reuters reports.
In the Republican’s nationally broadcast address over the weekend, Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La. -- who is seeking to unseat Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. in a December runoff election -- called on President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, saying the case for the long-delayed project is “clear and obvious,” The Hill reports.
With Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, taking over as head of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee in the new Republican-controlled Senate, the issue of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is likely to be revisited, The Hill reports.
George Banks of the R Street Institute, former committee staffer for Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., predicts that the new Republican-controlled Congress will lift the ban on crude oil exports and push through approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, but that there won’t be a significant upsurge in bipartisanship on Capitol Hill – assessments Alison Cassady of the Center for American progress doesn’t share, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The U.S. power supply ought to be able to withstand another polar vortex should the frigid temperatures descend again this winter, although margins are shrinking and changes may be needed to the way the availability of resources is calculated, according to an assessment from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, Platts reports.
In a year when initial public offerings for master limited partnerships raised a record $6.8 billion, analysts are warning that investments in pipeline and midstream MLPs no longer appear to offer their traditional low-risk, high-yield benefits with the same degree of consistency, The Wall Street Journal reports.
With the cost of solar and wind power dropping dramatically in recent years, the renewable energy sources are becoming more directly competitive with electricity from gas and coal-fired plants, The New York Times reports.
State legislatures have so far rejected attempts to overturn renewable energy mandates -– although Ohio this year did freeze its green energy targets -– but the Koch-founded Americans for Prosperity is continuing to pour money into the fight against them, National Journal reports.
The shale boom that has brought wealth and jobs to North Dakota is starting to be questioned by some residents concerned about health, safety and pollution costs as well as financial exploitation by major companies making moves that are backed by state regulators, The New York Times reports.