LOS ANGELES (AP) — Residents of modest neighborhoods near three of the largest oil refineries in California called on the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to crack down on plant emissions, saying the pollution is choking their children and endangering their health.
The residents of the oil-rich Wilmington area of Los Angeles were among a dozen speakers to address an EPA hearing about a proposed rule requiring stricter emission controls and monitoring standards for refineries.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Struggling to defuse the persistent crisis in Ukraine, both the U.S. and European Union imposed new economic sanctions on Russia Wednesday, with President Barack Obama declaring that Russian leaders must see that their actions supporting rebels "have consequences."
Though the American and European sanctions were coordinated, they nonetheless exposed fissures in what the West has tried to project as a united front in its months-long effort to isolate Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The EPA has rescinded its final rule that would allow the agency to garnish the wages of individuals with delinquent fines, with an official telling The Hill the agency will move on a more deliberative rule to achieve the same desired result.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved legislation that would put put limits on the EPA's ability to block permits to fill or dredge waterways and wetlands, allowing the agency 30 days to challenge permits granted by the Army Corps of Engineers and barring it from taking action before any application for a permit is filed, The Hill reports.
An inspector general report found that the EPA didn't show bias against conservative groups in giving open-records request fee waivers, though it noted the agency regularly delayed responses to waiver requests in violation of their deadline rules, The Washington Times reports.
Following a private meeting with Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said she's encouraged that the Department is actively discussing the possibility of expanding crude oil exports, FuelFix reports.
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — China on Wednesday moved an oil rig out of waters claimed by Hanoi after two months of drilling that triggered a near-breakdown in ties between the neighbors and led to deadly protests in Vietnam.
Withdrawing the rig from near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea reduces the immediate risk of a naval standoff but will do little to mend relations between the two countries. Beijing made it clear it was shifting the billion-dollar rig because it had completed its work, not because of the criticism of its actions.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants local government officials to prepare their communities now for the effects of climate change.
Obama is meeting with state and tribal leaders on Wednesday at the White House. The White House says they'll discuss how the federal government can help them be more resilient to climate change. It's the fourth and final meeting of the 26-person task force created to grapple with the issue.
Coming from different sides of the issue, environmentalists and a number of states presented arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit against the Environmental Protection Agency’s designation of areas that do and don’t meet its 2008 ozone rule, E&E reports.
Tom Steyer is closing in on the $50 million he promised to put into his NextGen Climate PAC in the 2014 election cycle, as the $15 million he added in September – reflected in Federal Election Commission records – brings his total to some $41 million, The Hill reports.
Minnesota Democrats Sen. Al Franken and Rep. Collin Peterson, as well as Michigan Senatorial candidate Rep. Gary Peters, are getting support from ads being run by Fuels America, a biofuels group, which is also lending its support to Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., The Hill reports.
If oil prices dropped to less than $80 a barrel, a third of U.S. production of shale oil would no longer be economically viable, an analyst told Bloomberg, which reports that such a major development would change the global energy picture.
A bigger-than-expected increase in Chinese quarterly gross domestic product numbers sent oil prices higher Tuesday. West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery rose 10 cents as the contract expired, to $82.81 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London December Brent jumped 1 percent, or 82 cents, to $86.22, Bloomberg reports.
Crestwood Midstream Partners says it will start seeking binding contracts in November for its proposed 30-mile MARC II natural gas pipeline in New England, having attracted nonbinding commitments for 700 million cubic feet per day already, FuelFix reports.
California’s big agricultural firms produce almonds, pistachios, melons and tomatoes in the Westlands district with irrigation despite the state’s crippling drought, but they buy and import huge quantities of water to do it, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Russia and the crisis over Ukraine, the fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the advent of cheap shale gas are some of the challenges facing European Union leaders as they meet in a summit to discuss climate change issues later this week, The New York Times reports.