The Coast Guard commandant said Wednesday that his service is better prepared for a possible oil spill in the Arctic Ocean because of lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, The Associated Press reports.
The House Natural Resources Committee argued Thursday that the Interior Department's chief internal investigator's involvement in a government offshore safety panel compromised her independence as a watchdog, FuelFix reports.
Postponed: House Natural Resources hearing, "Investigation of President Obama's Gulf Drilling Moratorium: Questioning of Key Department of the Interior Officials." Testimony sought from five Interior Department witnesses. No new date set.
U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigators say the offshore drilling sector's failure to address "process safety" problems helped cause the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill, FuelFix reports. The board will release its findings of the 2010 disaster on Tuesday.
House Republicans contend the Nuclear Regulatory Commission tripled space at its headquarters by using an appropriations bill to get around the congressional authorization process, the Washington Business Journal reports.
House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings and ranking Democratic Rep. Ed Markey called on the Interior Department to extend the public comment period for its proposed public lands hydraulic fracturing rule, FuelFix reports.
Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., was endorsed by 20 Democrats to replace Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., as ranking member on the House Natural Resources Committee should Markey win election to the Senate, Politico reports.