Moves to diversify the economy in Texas appear to be bearing fruit, with the Labor Department reporting the state added 33,200 jobs in May, while in North Dakota employment was still declining along with oil prices, The Wall Street Journal reports.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian police said they arrested the presidents of two of the country's largest construction companies on Friday for their alleged involvement in the massive corruption scheme at the country's state-run oil company, Petrobras.
Federal Police inspector Igor Romario de Paulo said at a news conference that Marcelo Odebrecht and Otavio Marques de Azevedo were taken into custody and face charges of cartel formation, money laundering and diversion of public funds. They are the chief executives of Odebrecht and Andrade Gutierrez respectively.
SEATTLE (AP) — A woman who was permanently injured while working on one of Shell's Arctic drilling support ships has sued, saying the company compromised safety in its rush to drill for oil.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Thursday by Anita Hanks said Shell and its contractor maintained dangerous work conditions on the Arctic Challenger as it prepared to drill in the Arctic in 2012. The oil spill containment vessel is part of Shell's drilling fleet. It was docked in Bellingham at the time of an accident.
NEW YORK (AP) — Over a ton of confiscated ivory was loaded onto a conveyor belt in Times Square and tumbled into a rock crusher Friday in a symbolic display to highlight an illegal trade that advocates say threatens the survival of African elephants.
The Wildlife Conservation Society says the global ivory trade is responsible for the slaughter of as many as 35,000 elephants a year in Africa.
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department's National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration on Friday unveiled proposed fuel efficiency and carbon reduction standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, which they said would cut 1 billion metric tons of carbon when they take full effect.
The Phase 2 standards cover the 2021 to 2027 model years, and build upon a previous standard for trucks with model years between 2014 and 2018, would aim to cut emissions from combination tractors - large freight vehicles - by 24 percent, compared with the previous standard, by 2027.
It would also seek a 16-percent emissions cuts for pick-up trucks, light vans and vocational vehicles, compared with the Phase 1 standard, on the same timeline.
Trailer emissions, which would be cut by 8 percent by 2027 compared to a 2017 average, would be phased in starting in 2018.
The agencies estimated that the standards would save 1.8 billion barrels of oil over the lifetime of vehicles covered.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says Shell successfully completed testing of its well-blowout response off the coast of Washington this week, ahead of the company’s planned start to Arctic drilling, FuelFix reports.
New standards for fuel efficiency in trucks -– aimed at cutting back their greenhouse gas emissions -- will be made public Friday by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation, The New York Times reports.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will be on hand as the Fish and Wildlife Service destroys a ton of ivory in Times Square Friday in an effort to raise awareness about the global poaching crisis, The Hill reports.
Secretary of State John Kerry defended the Obama administration's approval of Shell's Arctic drilling program, arguing that "we're not going to suddenly be weaned from oil" and that the offshore Alaskan oil is "cleaner" than other varieties, The Huffington Post reports.
Mathy Stanislaus, the Environmental Protection Agency's top waste official, and Environmental Restoration LLC President Dennis Greaney are set to testify before the House Science Committee on Wednesday on the spill of 3 million gallons of mining waste into Colorado's Animas River, The Hill reports.
News that the U.S. unemployment rate fell to a seven-year-low but new job creation was lower than expected led to lower oil prices Friday, Reuters reports. U.S. crude prices were down 41 cents to $46.34 a barrel, while Brent crude dipped 68 cents to $50 per barrel.
A report commissioned by the Independent Petroleum Association of America projects significant endowment cuts should universities divest from fossil fuel companies, with Harvard facing a potential $108 million loss each year, Bloomberg reports.
United Mine Workers of America International President Cecil Roberts said that the union has reached potential collective bargaining deals between Patriot Coal miners and the two companies bidding for the bankrupt firm's assets, the St. Louis Business Journal reports.
Though the greater sage grouse dominates the discussion of threatened species across declining sagebrush territory in the Western United States, nine other native species including the pronghorn and golden eagle are also at risk, The Washington Post reports.
American Wind Energy Association members plan to slow down the rate of revolutions for turbines this fall in an effort to cut bat killed by blades by 30 percent during the animals' peak migration season, The Hill reports.
Though the stalled Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada has drawn rebukes from the state's top lawmakers, leaders in the nearby town of Pahrump sees the project as a potential economic driver for the struggling region, E&E reports.