Growing wildfire empties small Wash. town

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington sheriff says a small town and nearby hospital threatened by a wind-whipped wildfire have been evacuated, and the blaze has burned at least 35 homes in his county.

Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers says he's heard of no injuries from the Carlton Complex of wildfires.

Analysts downplay Russia sanctions impact on BP


Though BP lost as much as $4.4 billion in market value on Thursday as investors reacted to new Western sanctions on Russia, analysts say the company won't see much effect from the sanctions despite its significant investment in Rosneft, FuelFix reports.

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.


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