NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans law firm launched a new Web page Wednesday aimed at refuting arguments by supporters of legislation that could scuttle a New Orleans-based flood board's lawsuit seeking damages from the oil and gas industry over the loss of coastal wetlands.
The "Sunshine Squad" Web page was announced in a telephone news conference by attorney Bessie Daschbach, a member of the Jones, Swanson, Huddell and Garrison law firm hired by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East to pursue the lawsuit against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies.
All four candidates vying for the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., in the November election said they didn’t think climate change was a fact, when asked the question in a debate Tuesday night, The Hill reports.
The Obama administration's decision to extend agency comment on its final Keystone XL review has inspired backers in Congress, including Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., to mount a new effort to bypass President Obama to approve the pipeline, Bloomberg reports.
Tom Steyer, a climate activist spending millions of dollars in the 2014 elections, said his activity differs from that of the conservative Koch brothers because he's pushing the issue of climate change rather than policies he would benefit from, Politico reports.
Alaska Sen. Mark Begich, one of the Democrats facing a tough re-election contest this year, is running a new TV ad that shows him riding a snowmobile as he speaks of his support for oil and gas drilling, Roll Call reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is naming a prominent white collar defense attorney and veteran of the Clinton White House as his new top lawyer. Neil Eggleston will replace Obama's long-time counsel, Kathryn Ruemmler, who is leaving after three years in the job.
Eggleston gained distinction as a White House lawyer during congressional investigations into President Bill Clinton's Whitewater real estate transactions and the independent counsel probe into whether Clinton lied about his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. He also served as deputy chief counsel of the House special committee that investigated the Iran-Contra arms and money affair that ensnarled President Ronald Reagan.
Ed Siskel, whose first big task in the office of White House Counsel was to organize witnesses testifying on Capitol Hill about loans to Solyndra, has left to go into private practice, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Sluggish demand, higher North American production, an increase in gasoline inventories and a stronger dollar are pushing oil prices down, so far more than 4 percent lower on the week. U.S. benchmark crude for September delivery dropped 64 cents to $97.53 in electronic trading on the Nymex, while Brent crude was 18 cents lower in London, to $105.84, Bloomberg reports.
The U.S. response to improving its nuclear power industry in the wake of the disaster at Fukushima Dai-ichi three years ago has so far cost around $3 billion, with the most important objective to guarantee that reactors and spent fuel would stay cool even in extreme conditions, an official told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Thursday, Platts reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s water office will have no official leader, now that acting Assistant Administrator Nancy Stoner is departing and nominee Ken Kopocis, who has been awaiting confirmation for more than 1,100 days, is still facing hostility from Republican senators opposed to the EPA’s rule known as Waters of the United States, or WOTUS, E&E reports.
Exelon Corp. will buy Integrys Energy Services from its parent Integrys Energy Group for $60 million, adding the unit – which has 1.2 million customers in 22 states and Washington, D.C. – to its Baltimore-based business arm Constellation, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.
In the wake of propane shortages caused by last winter’s bitter cold, Midwestern lawmakers from both sides of the aisle – Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio – have joined forces to introduce a bill intending to better information on propane supply and pricing, improve coordination in response to shortages and help farmers get tanks for the fuel, The Hill reports.
Continuing on with its focus on increasing its returns, Occidental Petroleum reported a gain in net income that also beat analysts’ expectations, to $1.43 billion, or $1.82 a share in the second quarter, FuelFix reports.
Lower natural gas prices and higher operating costs hurt the bottom line for Southwestern Energy in the second quarter, as the oil and gas company said its second quarter profit dropped 16 percent, falling to $207 million, or 59 cents a share, despite increased production in the Fayetteville and Marcellus Shale plays, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The system at Goldman Sachs N.Y. headquarters, where ice is frozen in tanks at night and used the next day in its air conditioning, is an example of how thermal storage can save money and use energy more efficiently, Bloomberg reports.
The Kurdistan Regional Government is loading a fifth shipment of oil at the Turkish port of Ceyhan, having sent it there through an independent pipeline, despite Iraq appearing to have successfully blocked the unloading of another tanker's cargo of Kurdish crude in Galveston through moves in the Texas courts, The Wall Street Journal reports.