A coalition of environmental groups, including the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council, have filed lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency and its latest rule on industrial water cooling systems, saying the regulation doesn't do enough to protect fish, The Hill reports.
It’s anticipated state regulators will tell lawmakers about the enormous burden they’ll face coping with the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule limiting carbon emissions from existing power plants, when they testify at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing next week, The Hill reports.
President Barack Obama's newest nominee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is so far avoiding the concerns that dogged his last two picks.
Named on Thursday by Obama to join the commission, Arkansas Public Service Commission Chairman Colette Honorable quickly won the backing of Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., who will oversee her confirmation hearing as chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
The ranking Republican member of the committee, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, was impressed by her appearance before the panel earlier this year, her spokesman Robert Dillon said.
And the American Energy Alliance, a free-market group backed by the industrialist Koch brothers, which rallied opposition to the nomination of Ron Binz to chair FERC last year, is taking a wait-and-see approach for now, the group's spokesman said Tuesday.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on Tuesday sought to convince energy industry executives that domestic greenhouse gas emissions can be cut in a profitable way, especially by curtailing methane releases from natural gas drilling and transmission.
Speaking at the Barclays Energy-Power Conference in New York, McCarthy said the Obama administration is preparing to act to move to reduce methane losses, but will seek a pro-business approach that could include a mix of regulation and voluntary steps, adding, "we need to do something about it, something more than we're doing today."
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent.
In its final recommendation in a 597-page report, the agency staff agrees with EPA's outside scientific advisers that the 6-year-old standard for how much smog is allowed needs to be stricter, saying it will save a significant number of lives and cut hospital visits. An earlier version of the report came to a similar conclusion.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The worst drought in a generation has pushed California lawmakers to overhaul the state's longstanding "pump-as-you-please" groundwater policy under a package of bills lawmakers sent Friday to Gov. Jerry Brown.
The state would begin regulating its groundwater supply for the first time under the legislative package by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, and Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills. It would require some local governments to develop groundwater-management plans and allows the state to intervene if necessary.
The Environmental Protection Agency hasn’t won a major legal victory backing its regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act since 1985, significant given the challenges its Waters of the U.S., or WOTUS, rule is likely to face, E&E reports.
Since assuming key energy and climate roles inside the White House late last year, John Podesta and Dan Utech are getting passing grades on accessibility from industry trade lobbies. But the slow pace of action leaves the groups uncertain about the future of the U.S. energy boom.
Industry officials told EnergyGuardian that the White House has been open to hearing their arguments about goals, such as expanded offshore drilling, and criticisms, notably delays surrounding the Renewable Fuel Standard and potentially tougher ozone standards.
The Obama administration has yet to decide how to respond to public comments submitted on its big increase in the government's estimate of the social cost of carbon emissions, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office.
In the report to Republicans in Congress on the administration's 50 percent increase last year in the costs to society from carbon output, to $32 a ton, GAO said that about 100 unique comments were submitted during a later public comment period, along with thousands of form-letter comments. Those likely won't affect the estimate, however.
Six major energy companies – including Houston-based Southwestern Energy Co. and Norwegian giant Statoil – have agreed to monitor and disclose their methane emissions under a new United Nations framework, The Wall Street Journal reports ahead of the official announcement Tuesday.
The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, in a recommendation to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz that will be published in the Federal Register Tuesday, says there must be an improvement in emergency preparedness regulations and guidelines to ensure that weapons sites will be better able to cope with potential disasters, including earthquakes and wildfires, The Hill reports.
An official’s pessimistic view of China’s economic growth gave a further downward push to oil prices Monday. The expiring October contract for West Texas Intermediate crude dropped 89 cents to $91.52 a barrel on the Nymex, the lowest close since May, 2013, while in London November Brent shed 1.4 percent to settle $1.42 lower at $96.97, Bloomberg reports.
Production at the Sharara oil field, Libya’s largest -- which had been shut last week because of shelling near a connected refinery -- resumed Monday although at a fraction of its full capacity, an official with National Oil Co. told The Wall Street Journal.
Temperatures this coming winter should be milder than they were during last winter’s deep freeze, but natural gas prices may be higher as industries and electricity generators use more gas, according to American Gas Association vice president Chris McGill, Platts reports.
The company behind the Jordan Cove LNG export facility – Canada’s Veresen Inc – is paying $1.43 billion to take a half interest in the Ruby pipeline system that would bring natural gas from Wyoming to Oregon, Reuters reports.
Although thousands will flock to Art and Helen Tanderup’s farm for a concert against the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska on Saturday, many of the residents in the nearby town of Neligh will stay away, The Omaha World-Herald reports.
In an interview with Diane Rehm on NPR affiliate WAMU, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said the tech giant would leave the American Legislative Exchange Council because of the group’s position on climate change and environmental issues, National Journal reports.
According to a filing with the Federal Election Commission, activist Tom Steyer contributed $15 million to his NextGen Climate PAC in August, while the group raised only $3,550 from other sources, The Hill reports.