Despite recent improvements in the numbers, oil and gas firms still have more deaths from explosions and fires than any other private industry and carelessness is still a problem, according to E&E’s review of federal statistics.
PARIS (AP) — The United States and Russia are vowing to cooperate more closely on a broad array of global security matters even as they remain deeply at odds over the crisis in Ukraine.
Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met for more than three hours in Paris Tuesday. Kerry emphasized afterward that the two countries would work closer together on fighting the Islamist extremists in the Middle East, dealing with Iran and North Korea's nuclear programs and other issues. He said Russia has agreed to begin intelligence sharing with the U.S. on the Islamic State.
Cyber intelligence company iSight Partners revealed that Russian actors took advantage a weakness in Microsoft software in an attempt to gather information from NATO, Ukraine and energy and telecommunications firms, Reuters reports.
The Interior Department has yet to act on recommendations by its internal watchdog to strengthen offshore oil and gas permitting processes following the Deepwater Horizon blowout in 2010, according to a report issued Wednesday.
Acting Inspector General Mary Kendall said in the report that the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has twice formed teams to implement recommendations made by her office that year but has not been successful.
DETROIT (AP) — An eight-month investigation into brake problems with some older Toyota Camry gas-electric hybrids has been closed without a recall.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began the probe in January after getting complaints of malfunctions that reduced power-assisted braking in 2007 and 2008 Camry hybrids. The probe covered about 100,000 cars.
The controversial chief of the Chemical Safety Board, Rafael Moure-Eraso, is sticking to his post despite mounting criticism of the toxic atmosphere that many say hinders its operations, National Journal reports.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that the United States cannot rule out that Russia helped in the launch of the surface-to-air missile that shot down a Malaysian Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.
Power said the U.S. believes the plane was likely downed by an SA-11 missile fired from an area in eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists. She said Russia has provided SA-11s and other heavy weapons to the separatists.
Coming from different sides of the issue, environmentalists and a number of states presented arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit against the Environmental Protection Agency’s designation of areas that do and don’t meet its 2008 ozone rule, E&E reports.
Tom Steyer is closing in on the $50 million he promised to put into his NextGen Climate PAC in the 2014 election cycle, as the $15 million he added in September – reflected in Federal Election Commission records – brings his total to some $41 million, The Hill reports.
Minnesota Democrats Sen. Al Franken and Rep. Collin Peterson, as well as Michigan Senatorial candidate Rep. Gary Peters, are getting support from ads being run by Fuels America, a biofuels group, which is also lending its support to Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., The Hill reports.
If oil prices dropped to less than $80 a barrel, a third of U.S. production of shale oil would no longer be economically viable, an analyst told Bloomberg, which reports that such a major development would change the global energy picture.
A bigger-than-expected increase in Chinese quarterly gross domestic product numbers sent oil prices higher Tuesday. West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery rose 10 cents as the contract expired, to $82.81 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London December Brent jumped 1 percent, or 82 cents, to $86.22, Bloomberg reports.
Crestwood Midstream Partners says it will start seeking binding contracts in November for its proposed 30-mile MARC II natural gas pipeline in New England, having attracted nonbinding commitments for 700 million cubic feet per day already, FuelFix reports.
California’s big agricultural firms produce almonds, pistachios, melons and tomatoes in the Westlands district with irrigation despite the state’s crippling drought, but they buy and import huge quantities of water to do it, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Russia and the crisis over Ukraine, the fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the advent of cheap shale gas are some of the challenges facing European Union leaders as they meet in a summit to discuss climate change issues later this week, The New York Times reports.