Federal agencies would have to assess the impact projects would have on climate change as part of their reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act, under draft guidelines the White House released Thursday, National Journal reports.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's oil chief said in comments published Thursday that there are no links between the kingdom's decision to oppose production cuts and political objectives — an apparent response to accusations last week from Shiite powerhouse Iran.
Petroleum Minister Ali Naimi was quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency as saying that there are "incorrect information and analyses ... linking petroleum decisions with political objectives."
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting heaped with praise by environmentalists and scorn by business interests for a planned state ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, even as he insists the decision wasn't his.
Residents statewide remain almost evenly split on the issue, and the divisions are clear, pollsters said Thursday. The decision announced Wednesday followed Cuomo's re-election last month, which the Democrat won easily as expected.
Abigail Ross Hopper, the director of the Maryland Energy Administration, has been named to head the Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
Hopper will take over on Jan. 5, according to an announcement Thursday by Secretary Sally Jewell. Acting director Walter Cruickshank has managed the bureau since last May.
Hopper, an attorney, has been the energy adviser since 2010 to Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat. She first served as acting director of the state energy administration starting in 2012 and became director last year.
The bureau oversees renewable and oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf. She will take the post as the department prepares a proposed 2017-2022 five-year offshore drilling lease plan.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's chief utility regulator is expected to address alleged backroom dealings with the state's largest utility when he presides over his last voting meeting of the five-member commission Thursday.
California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey is due to chair a commission meeting amid an ongoing scandal over secret emails exchanges that show a cozy relationship with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. executives.
Three Democratic lawmakers -- Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey of Massachusetts, and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin – have sent a letter to President Obama warning of their concerns over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a prospective trade pact with Asia, The Washington Post reports.
Michael Goggin at the American Wind Energy Association is warning that the North American Electric Reliability Corp.’s decision to hire Energy Ventures Analysis Inc. to review the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan risks its credibility given what he calls the firm’s “stark bias” against the proposal, but NERC is defending its selection, citing its long track record with the firm and its transparent analysis process, E&E reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency would limit the amount of mercury, dioxins, acid gas and other substances used in the process of making bricks and clay, under a prospective rule published in the Federal Register that is open for public comment for 60 days, The Hill reports.
Environmental groups -– including Friends of the Earth and 350.org -- have expressed concerns about the revelation that Hillary Clinton used a private email account for business correspondence while she was Secretary of State, worrying about a lack of transparency with regard to the Keystone XL pipeline project in particular, National Journal reports.
With the attempt to override President Obama’s veto of Keystone pipeline approval legislation likely to fail, supporters of the project are looking ahead to attaching Keystone measures to other bills, according to Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, National Journal reports.
Two House bills aiming at the way the Environmental Protection Agency uses science have drawn veto threats from the White House: One would require EPA to publicly release details of the science behind regulations, and the other would reform the agency’s Science Advisory Board, The Hill reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency was wrong in failing to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request from the conservative Landmark Legal Foundation back in 2012, Judge Royce Lamberth ruled Monday, The Hill reports.
As the strike by refinery workers enters its second month, some workers have begun crossing picket lines and some companies are trying to use bonuses to pressure others into returning to work, but negotiations were slated to resume between the United Steelworkers and Shell Oil Co. on Wednesday, Reuters reports.
General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt’s moves to refocus the company on its industrial side have run into the problem of lower oil prices, given that oil and gas were responsible for a fourth of the company’s $100 million in industrial revenue last year, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The retirement announcement from Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. a key figure on the Appropriations Committee, means that the Chesapeake Bay is losing an important champion and the Obama administration is losing a significant defender of its environmental agenda, E&E reports.
The Oklahoma Geological Survey, which has been reluctant to draw direct connections between oil drilling in the state and the dramatic rise in earthquakes there, has faced "intense personal interest" from the state seismologist's boss, University of Oklahoma President David Boren, and the oil industry, according to E&E.
Legislation introduced in the Pennsylvania legislature last week that would encourage natural gas distribution companies to cut their own consumption drew criticism from the industry, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
A measure that passed the Republican-controlled senate in Colorado, which would have cut 2020 renewable energy targets for the state’s utilities and cooperatives, has been killed off by Democrats on a House panel, the Denver Business Journal reports.