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.
Oil gained early Monday after comments from OPEC Secretary General Abdullah al-Badri that prices could climb to $200 a barrel, but resumed its slide after he said there was an excess supply to the tune of 1.5 million barrels per day. West Texas Intermediate crude for March delivery dropped 44 cents to settle at $45.15 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent lost 1.3 percent, falling 63 cents to $48.16, Bloomberg reports.
In a move that marks another hefty restructuring of master limited partnerships, Energy Transfer Partners says it’s acquiring Regency Energy Partners, a sister firm operating under parent Energy Transfer Equity LP, for more than $11 billion, FuelFix reports.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court will decide how lawsuits related to earthquakes should be handled, agreeing to take on an appeal from Sandra Lada, who says she was injured in 2011 in a quake she blames on two oil companies operating disposal wells, the Tulsa World reports.
Following a move by two utilities to drop their contracts to buy power from Cape Wind, grid operator ISO New England last week suspended the project’s participation in New England’s wholesale electricity markets, and the company has stopped paying to lease land in Rhode Island that would have been a staging area to build the $2.5 billion offshore wind farm, The Boston Globe reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s list of 5,500 entrants in the National Building Competition last year -– battling each other to see who can save the most energy –- is a far cry from the 14 who took part when EPA started the contest in 2010, E&E reports.