Responding to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell's complaint that congressional requests have cost more than $2 million since 2013, House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings, R-Wash., accused her department of wasting time and tax dollars in responding to Congress, The Hill reports.
House Natural Resources Committee hearing, "Oversight of the Office of Inspector General and its Ongoing Failure to Comply with a Subpoena for Documents about a Recent Investigation." Interior Department Deputy Inspector General Mary Kendall to testify.
An Environmental Protection Agency settlement that would limit farming in a buffer zone around any body of water that has salmon is drawing fire from Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., who’s denounced it as “a terrible and potentially sweeping precedent,” The Hill reports.
Oil production from federal lands and waters rose slightly last year, but a falloff in other fossil fuel output drove total fossil energy production down by 7 percent, updated figures from the Energy Department show.
In an annual report on federal fossil fuel sales issued late Thursday, the Energy Information Administration said oil production from federal leases increased, but by less than 1 percent, to 606 million barrels.
House Natural Resources Committee hearing, "Keeping the Lights On and Reducing Catastrophic Forest Fire Risk: Proper Management of Electricity Rights of Way on Federal Lands." Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Bonneville Power Administration officials to testify.
House Natural Resources Committee hearing, "American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Skilled Trade Workers." TV personality Mike Rowe, North America's Building Trades Unions President Sean McGarvey among witnesses.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is refusing to turn over documents related to enforcement of environmental laws at wind farms where dozens of eagles and other protected birds have been killed, House Republicans charged Wednesday.
Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., said the Fish and Wildlife Service has engaged in a "deliberate slow rolling of documents and answers" for nearly a year. Hastings is chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, which has been seeking to compel the wildlife agency turn over internal documents related to its enforcement of laws protecting eagles and other birds.
The announcement of a cutback in production at the Khaji oilfield shared between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait has helped prop up oil prices early Monday. U.S. benchmark crude was 20 cents higher to $82.95 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude slipped just 10 cents to $86.06, Reuters reports.
Increased natural gas production, which has almost replaced supplies depleted by last winter’s deep freeze, has sent prices down even as the next cold season approaches, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Some environmental concerns still need to be satisfied, but Freeport LNG can start site preparation as well as construction for liquefaction facilities at its planned export facility at Quintana Island in Texas, under permission granted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Friday, FuelFix reports.
The Natural Resources Defense Council has warned that Congressional investigations can be tools of “intimidation,” according to a blog post from lobbyist David Goldston, who hasn’t yet said whether the group will respond to a letter from Republican lawmakers including Sen. David Vitter, R-La., demanding documents and emails regarding its communications with the Environmental Protection Agency over the EPA’s carbon rule, The Hill reports.
As operators like Exelon, Dominion and Duke Energy apply for extensions to keep older nuclear power plants in service, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be faced with questions about their safety, The New York Times reports.
Officials in New York said they would be quick to restart a Fire Island dune restoration project following a court ruling rejecting a bid from the Audubon Society to stop it, over concerns about its impact on piping plovers, Newsday reports.
Abengoa Bioenergy, which opened a big production plant in Kansas Friday, is pinning its hopes for the success of the project on the use of ethanol in plastics as well as fuel, The New York Times reports.