WASHINGTON (AP) — Defying a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House on Monday approved a bill to give regional fisheries managers more power to set local fishing levels in federal waters.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, would remove a 10-year timeframe for rebuilding depleted fish stocks and allow fisheries managers to consider the economic needs of fishing communities in setting annual catch limits.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House is moving forward with a bill to add "flexibility" to a federal fisheries law despite a White House veto threat.
A bill sponsored by Rep. Don Young of Alaska was being debated Monday on the House floor. The bill reauthorizes the four-decade-old Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the top law regulating fishing in U.S. oceans.
WASHINGTON (AP) — After several near-death experiences in the Senate, the trade agenda that President Barack Obama is pushing as a second term capstone faces its biggest hurdle yet in the more polarized House.
Anti-trade forces have struggled to ignite public outrage over Obama's bid to enact new free-trade agreements, but Democratic opposition in Congress remains widespread.
BONN, Germany (AP) — The global climate agreement being negotiated this year must be worded in such a way that it doesn't require approval by the U.S. Congress, the French foreign minister said Monday.
Laurent Fabius told African delegates at U.N. climate talks in Bonn that "we know the politics in the U.S. Whether we like it or not, if it comes to the Congress, they will refuse."
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma cities and counties would no longer be able to ban hydraulic fracturing — a process commonly called fracking — or other oil and gas operations within their boundaries under a bill signed into law on Friday by Gov. Mary Fallin.
Pushed hard by the oil and gas industry, but fiercely opposed by municipalities and environmental groups, the bill specifically prohibits cities or towns from banning operations such as drilling, fracking, water disposal, recovery operations or pipeline infrastructure. Fracking is the practice of high-pressure injection of water, sand and chemicals underground to free deposits of oil and gas, which has led to a boom in U.S. energy production.
The Hill reports that the House has scheduled votes for next month on proposals to let states opt out of the Clean Power Plan, to weaken the proposed rule on disposal of coal ash at power plants, and to reform toxic chemical safety laws.
A 30-second television ad highlighting the importance of energy development in Alaska is running in markets throughout the state ahead of President Obama’s visit set for Monday, paid for by the Arctic Slope Regional Corp., which hold North Slope drilling rights and represents around 12,000 native Alaskans, FuelFix reports.
Delivering the keynote address at an energy expo in Tulsa Wednesday, Gov. Mary Fallin, R-Okla., called for a strong national energy policy that includes construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and the lifting of the U.S. ban on crude exports, the Tulsa World reports.
Seven groups – including the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Integrity Project -- gave notice Wednesday that they intend to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to update the regulations that govern the handling of drilling waste, E&E reports.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers have been turning up the volume in their attacks on the Environmental Protection Agency’s potential moves to lower ozone limits in the atmosphere, National Journal reports.
Smaller drilling companies around the world are putting exploration plans on hold as they take steps to cut costs in the face of falling oil prices, which could mean a big drop in future discoveries of deposits, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Energy Information Administration says U.S. ethanol production has dropped to May levels at 952,000 barrels a day, although stockpiles increased for a second straight week to 18.628 million barrels, Platts reports.
Gains in global stock markets alongside a pipeline shutdown in Nigeria sent oil prices soaring Thursday. U.S. benchmark crude jumped $2.93 a barrel to $41.55 on the Nymex, while in London Brent rose $3 a barrel to $46.32, The Financial Times reports.
If the Bureau of Land Management imposed new rules that cut down on natural gas venting and flaring on federal lands, taxpayers could get millions more in royalty payments, according to ads being run by the Western Values Project and Taxpayers for Common Sense, The Hill reports.
NASA is warning that ocean levels may rise three feet or more by the end of the century, with scientists attributing the change to melting glaciers, melting ice sheets and ocean expansion due to climate change, the Los Angeles Times reports.