New, more stringent rules on hydraulic fracturing in Alaska, which will require testing in water wells nearby, have been approved by the state's oil and gas regulators and await Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell's signature, Platts reports.
Pushing banks and major financial institutions out of physical commodity trading would hike costs for major corporations like UPS as well as companies in the energy sector, according to submissions made to the Federal Reserve, which is considering regulations on the matter, Reuters reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency wouldn't be able to block permits allowing mining companies to dump fill into waterways once the Army Corps of Engineers has signed off on them, under a measure that's now moved through the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, The Hill reports.
Neil Kornze, who has worked in the office of Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in the past, has won Senate confirmation of his appointment as director of the Bureau of Land Management, The Washington Post reports.
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director Brian Salerno on Tuesday said the Interior Department is getting ready to unveil its new offshore Arctic oil and gas drilling safety rule.
In a blog post, Salerno said BSEE has been working with the Interior Department's offshore leasing arm, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, to develop the new Arctic Drilling Rule. The department had hoped to make the proposal public by the end of 2013, but pushed back its release in part because of the government shutdown last October.
Republicans have been attacking the Environmental Protection Agency's next ozone rule from the very early stages of the process, with House Science Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, writing to Administrator Gina McCarthy to complain that the agency's Clean Air Scientific Committee is failing to provide an independent scientific review, National Journal reports.
A group of 70 major corporations, including Royal Dutch Shell and Unilever, have signed a statement urging governments to adopt a carbon emissions cap of 1 trillion metric tons, calculated from the start of the Industrial Revolution, Bloomberg reports.
Judges hearing arguments in the oil industry's case against the Environmental Protection Agency's 2013 levels for the Renewable Fuel Standard gave both sides a grilling, asking why the EPA was so late in issuing its final rule, but also questioning why some of the companies found complying with it to be so difficult, E&E reports.
Iraq produced 3.6 million barrels of oil in February, the nation's highest output since Saddam Hussein took power in 1979, but a March pipeline attack and a drop in production highlight the instability of the nation's markets, The Wall Street Journal reports.
An all-week rally against the Keystone XL pipeline, organized by the Cowboy and Indian Alliance and green groups, drew nearly 200 protesters to the National Mall in Washington on Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Canada's Department of the Environment recommended removing humpback whales from its list of "threatened" species months before the government will rule on a pipeline permit that would boost oil shipments through the whales' habitat, Reuters reports.
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican, urged the state's supreme court to dismiss a lower judge's ruling that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route was approved through improper means, Bloomberg reports.
Tom Steyer, a climate activist spending millions 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 for policies he would benefit from, Politico reports.
The North American energy boom, which is starting to change the global picture economically and strategically, still has the potential to be derailed, particularly if oil prices drop, The New York Times reports.