The Interior Department is failing to crack down on the unauthorized tapping of federal oil and gas deposits in the West, which is expected to grow with the use of horizontal drilling, an internal watchdog reports.
The Office of Inspector General said in a report issued this week that taxpayers risk losing royalty payments from illegal production, especially in North Dakota and Oklahoma, where federal parcels are fragmented among private lands.
A top oil industry group and the American Association of Railroads want up to seven years to retrofit or retire rail cars used to haul flammable crude oil from the booming Bakken Shale region of North Dakota and Canada.
The head of the American Petroleum Institute, Jack Gerard, told reporters Tuesday that his group and the association are jointly calling on the Transportation Department to allow an initial four years to retrofit the oldest, weakest cars, and three more years to tackle newer cars. That's far longer than the two-year timetable the industry would face under a safety rule proposed by Secretary Anthony Foxx in July.
The public comment period on a new Transportation Department rule to boost the safety of oil shipments by rail ends Tuesday, with industry groups set to reiterate their stances that Bakken crude can be safely transported if properly classified and handled.
The American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers were to file their comments by the deadline, and both planned to hold conference calls planned with reporters to highlight their views.
The U.S. Supreme Court isn’t due to make any rulings on high profile environmental cases this term, although it could still decide to take up a review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s air standards for hazardous pollutants, and several cases involving other agencies have the potential to affect EPA’s rulemaking, E&E reports.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on Monday accused opponents of a proposed streams and wetlands pollution rule of spreading "crazy" ideas about its reach, in her latest defense of the action.
"As with everything EPA does these days, there are a variety of -- how shall I say it -- crazy misunderstandings," McCarthy said at the Water Environment Federation annual conference of water managers in New Orleans.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California farmers who spray a widely used insecticide on some of the state's most abundant crops may soon have to overcome the nation's steepest restrictions or find another pest killer, officials said Thursday.
Regulators are proposing heavy restrictions — but not an all-out ban — on chlorpyrifos, used to treat crops like grapes and almonds. The pesticide, in use since 1965, has sickened dozens of farmworkers in recent years. Traces have been found in waterways, threatening fish, and regulators say overuse could make targeted insects immune to the pesticide.
A rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency would require some dentists to use amalgam separators in their offices to remove mercury, which is used in fillings, before any wastewater is disposed of, The Hill reports.
A bill introduced by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., to protect the coal industry by putting restrictions on Environmental Protection Agency water regulation would cost $97 million because it would make EPA’s reviews more expensive, according to an analysis released Thursday by the Congressional Budget Office, The Hill reports.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy vowed to meet a June deadline to complete a controversial power plant carbon rule, even as she deals with complaints that it holds some states to tougher emissions targets.
"We've received a lot of suggestions that really fall within the category of fairness," she told reporters on Thursday, adding that states are questioning: "Are we being asked too much, is somebody else not being asked enough?"
"We'll take a look at those comments and we think there are some adjustments that could be made," McCarthy said.
Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy on Thursday is to come out swinging in declaring that President Barack Obama is rallying the international community to address global warming, based on the United Nations Climate Change Summit this week.
"I was at the climate summit this week, and one thing is clear: U.S. climate action is changing the game," McCarthy is to say to the Resources for the Future group in Washington, according to advance excerpts of her speech. "Our leadership is spurring action and commitments from government and business leaders from around the world."
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Thursday lifted a stay on the Environmental Protection Agency’s implementation of its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, although legal arguments on challenges to some aspects of the regulation are set to take place next March, E&E reports.
Producers for American Crude Exports, or PACE, for short, is made up of more than a dozen independent oil companies who would like to see the decades-old U.S. ban on crude exports overturned, Reuters reports.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has cleared the Constitution pipeline on its environmental impact, leaving Commissioners to make the final decision on the project, which is intended to add some 650 million cubic feet of natural gas capacity in New York and New England, FuelFix reports.
If the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approves changes that PJM Interconnection will suggest to the rules, it’s possible the wholesale electricity market manager might find a way to keep a demand response program going despite legal challenges, E&E reports.
Rising global supply and sluggish demand were continuing to weigh on oil prices. U.S. benchmark crude for December delivery dropped $1.08 to settle at $81.01 a barrel on the Nymex, $1.74 lower than the price a week ago, while Brent finished at $86.13, a loss of 70 cents on the day and 3 cents less than last Friday’s settlement price, Reuters reports.
ConocoPhillips, alongside partners including BP and Exxon Mobil, has announced what it says is the first new drilling in the North Slope’s Kuparuk River Field in nearly a dozen years, a well to come on line in 2016 that will add 8,000 barrels a day of production, Platts reports.
In one of the most hotly contested and expensive House races in the country, Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is battling against Republican candidate Evan Jenkins and powerful conservative groups backed by the Koch brothers, The New York Times reports.
Kristin Jacobs – who has turned in a strong performance in her campaign to be elected to the Florida House of Representatives in a flood-prone Miami district – is one of a number of candidates who are successfully pressing climate change as an issue even when polls say it’s not a top voter concern, The New York Times reports.
Opower says pilot programs run in Vermont and Southern California over the summer, which involved contacting customers to ask them to go easier on their air conditioning and then reporting back to them on how much electricity they saved compared to their neighbors, cut usage by nearly 3 percent on a number of hot days, The Washington Post reports.