Citing its authority under the Toxic Substances Control Act, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a rule to restrict the use of Toluene Diisocyanate and related compounds, often used in coatings, adhesives and sealants, The Hill reports.
Keystone pipeline approval legislation easily cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday as lawmakers traded arguments about energy independence, jobs and climate change that are likely to dominate the upcoming floor debate on the controversial project.
Republicans on the panel and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., combined to advance the bill to the Senate floor on a 13-9 vote, where an identical version by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., is to get its first procedural vote as soon as Monday evening.
The Sierra Club says local environmental groups are joining it in a lawsuit to force the Environmental Protection Agency to use its powers under the Clean Water Act to regulate mountaintop removal mining in Kentucky and West Virginia, believing that state authorities are not doing what they should to protect waterways, The Hill reports.
Senators on Thursday advanced Keystone XL pipeline approval legislation through the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
The bill, similar to one introduced this week by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., is headed to the Senate floor for debate expected to start on Monday or Tuesday under a schedule announced by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
The bill advanced on a 13-9 vote at a business meeting, the first under new chair Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and ranking Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., a Keystone advocate, was the lone Democrat to vote for the bill.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Republican-led Congress appears ready to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but no matter what actions are taken in Washington, the entire 1,179-mile project could be delayed until Nebraska signs off on the route.
After several years of intense debate, the routing process is before the Nebraska Supreme Court, and depending on how the justices rule, months or years could pass before construction begins in that state.
The Environmental Protection Agency will push back completion of carbon rules for power plants to mid-summer, a top official said Wednesday.
Janet McCabe, EPA's acting assistant administrator for air and radiation, told reporters the agency took the action to account for a 45-day extension of the comment period and a request last fall for input on additional issues.
In remarks that appeared to be aimed at the rooftop solar industry, outgoing Arizona Corporation Commission chair Bob Stump warned Monday against “pursuit of utopian energy policy” and declared regulators needed to see “more light and less heat from the people who appear before us,” The Arizona Republic reports.
The White House continued Monday to avoid a veto threat against legislation to approve the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, while making it clear that President Barack Obama remains opposed to Congress having the final word on the $8 billion project.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters he was not ready to predict Obama would veto legislation that Republicans have vowed to send to his desk in the coming days, with a House vote set for Friday.
The Environmental Protection Agency has several major regulations due to be finalized in 2015, including the Waters of the U.S. rule, lowering permissible ozone limits and reducing carbon emissions from power plants, The Hill reports.
Oil prices surged 8.3 percent in Friday trading as rig data suggested a slowdown in shale oil development, with Brent crude rising $3.86 to $52.99 a barrel and U.S. crude climbing $3.71 to settle at $48.24 a barrel, Reuters reports.
A survey conducted by Reuters reports that OPEC output rose by 130,000 barrels per day in January as Angola boosted exports and Persian Gulf producers kept steady or increased output, a signal that some members plan to stay the course on maintaining output despite low oil prices.
Despite the collapse of crude oil prices last year, the latest Commerce Department report of gross domestic output showed outlays for new oil rigs and wells rose 8.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, even as equipment spending across all U.S. businesses fell, Bloomberg reports.
Chevron CEO John Watson, after his company reported lower profits and announced budget cuts, voiced optimism for long-term industry prospects, saying the price of oil will have to rise above $50 per barrel to support new exploration to meet energy needs, FuelFix reports.
A new poll conducted by The New York Times, Stanford University and Resources for the Future suggests that more than two-thirds of Americans, including 48 percent of Republicans, say they consider themselves more likely to support a candidate who supports action to combat climate change.
The National Biodiesel Board in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency voiced frustration with the agency's delayed implementation of biodiesel mandates, saying the slow movement has caused some producers to reduce staff and forced others into bankruptcy, The Hill reports.
A survey of economists by Bloomberg projects that many of the world's largest crude oil exporters like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar could see budget surpluses take hits and slip into deficits as global oil prices remain low.
Chevron, after posting a 30 percent decrease in earnings from the previous year in the fourth quarter 2014, abandoned plans to explore for shale gas in Poland, dealing a blow to efforts to develop hydraulic fracturing and shale drilling industries in Europe, The New York Times reports.
In an interview with E&E, Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., vice chairwoman of the Natural Resources Committee and leader of a new Interior and EPA oversight panel, discusses her familiarity with development and ranching issues in western states and her plans to limit Obama administration regulations on public land use.