STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Losing his job on a Norwegian oil rig meant more to Kristoffer Sandberg than saying goodbye to a high salary. It has caused a shift down in lifestyle and expectations, something an increasing number of people in this small oil-rich country are facing.
After a decade of an oil and gas boom, plunging energy prices are shaking the Norwegians out of a Utopian reverie that guaranteed workers lengthy summer vacations, generous health and social benefits and allowed them to leave work at 4 p.m. and even earlier on Fridays.
The Environmental Protection Agency and North Dakota have agreed to resume pesticide inspections that meet federal standards by September 30, the agency's inspector general said in a report Monday.
Inspections at pesticide manufacturers and of pesticide imports through North Dakota have failed to meet federal standards for years, the quick action report concluded. At issue is the quality of state reports and the lack of federal inspections since at least 2013.
The report found that the state does not have federally credentialed inspectors, and even so, EPA's Region 8 office, which oversees six western states, failed to conduct inspections on the state's pesticide producer establishments since 2013 and has not inspected any imports into the state since 2011.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union opened an in-depth probe of General Electric's $14.1 billion takeover of the power division of French company Alstom on Monday fearing higher prices and less choice.
The European Commission made the move Monday after an initial investigation "indicates potential competition concerns in the market for heavy-duty gas turbines," which are used in gas-fired power plants, it said in a statement.
Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., says he will ask fossil fuel companies how much money they’ve put into research challenging the causes of climate change, in the wake of a story in The New York Times that alleged climate skeptic Willie Soon took funding from oil and coal companies but didn’t consistently note it when publishing his research, The Hill reports.
Supporters of the West Coast climate alliance known as the Pacific Coast Collaborative -– which includes California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia -- say it won’t be affected by the resignation of John Kitzhaber as Oregon governor, although the Department of Justice subpoena supporting its investigation into his administration seeks information about the PCC, E&E reports.
With the departure of senior adviser John Podesta from the White House, it’s falling to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to take the lead on pushing the Obama administration’s moves to limit carbon emissions from power plants, Politico reports.
The San Mateo County board of supervisors will vote Tuesday on whether to spend $300,000 on a study looking at the feasibility of fulfilling the county's electricity needs by buying green power on the open market instead of relying on Pacific Gas & Electric, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
With the Keystone XL pipeline still delayed, Transcanada has filed with the State Department to get approval for the Upland Pipeline, which would bring Bakken crude north to Saskatchewan, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit leaves in place Environmental Protection Agency regulations on heavy truck efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions, The Hill reports.
Word that Russia, Norway and possibly Saudi Arabia are ramping up oil production pressured prices Friday. U.S. benchmark crude dropped 1 percent, or 59 cents, to $57.15 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while in London Brent gained 43 cents to $65.28 a barrel, a new five-month high, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Alliant Energy’s Wisconsin Power & Light has formally asked state regulators to approve a new gas-fired plant that will cost $750 million, alongside a solar facility intended to generate 2 megawatts, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Two Democrats – Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania – have introduced comprehensive mine safety legislation intended to beef up regulatory enforcement and close loopholes in the 1952 Federal Coal Mine Safety Act, WVPN reports.