House Science Committee Energy and Environment Subcommittee hearing, "Tapping America's Energy Potential Through Research and Development." Witnesses include DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory Director Anthony Cugini, Texas A&M petroleum engineering professor Daniel Hill, Idaho National Laboratory director Michael Hagood.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal agency needs illusionist David Copperfield to help escape from criticism over now-canceled plans to hire a speaker to train agency leaders using "magic tools."
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is in hot water because on May 1 it posted a notice seeking a magician motivational speaker for a June leadership conference in suburban Maryland. The agency said presentations should include "physical energizers, magic tricks, puzzles, brain teasers, word games, humor and teambuilding exercises." It asked for the performer to create "a unique model of translating magic and principals of the psychology of magic, magic tools, techniques and experiences into a method of teaching leadership."
Mississippi electric power cooperatives are backing away from a deal in which they would take 15 percent ownership of the Kemper County coal plant that will use carbon capture technology, because they said the power it generates would end up being too expensive, E&E reports.
A website set up by Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., to collect grievances about federal regulation and bureaucracy – as part of their #CutRedTape initiative -- has received complaints about the Environmental Protection Agency’s pending carbon rule, ozone standards, Waters of the U.S. rule and the fracking regulations for federal lands that EPA has crafted alongside the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management, E&E reports.
As many as 1,800 employees of Murray Energy could be notified today that they’ll be losing their jobs, according to CEO Robert Murray, who said “the tide is just too high” for his company in the face of low prices and demand for coal, the Tribune-Review reports.
Legislation introduced by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., sets “accountability measures” targeting the Environmental Protection Agency, to help industry that Capito says say is burdened by “onerous regulations and deeply flawed permitting process” when it comes to air pollution rules, The Hill reports.
Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., has introduced a measure extending the ban on offshore drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast, opposing legislation introduced by Republicans last week that would open the area to drilling as early as 2016, The Hill reports.
Oil prices were trading slightly lower early Friday following big gains the day before, ahead of the closely watched figures from Baker Hughes about the number of rigs drilling in the U.S. Light, sweet crude for July delivery was down 18 cents to $60.54 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London, Brent lost 15 cents to $66.39, The Wall Street Journal reports.
U.S. railroads transported 113,089 carloads of crude in the first quarter, according to the Association of American Railroads, a drop of almost 14 percent from the 4th quarter as lower prices impacted drillers, particularly in the Bakken Shale, The Wall Street Journal reports.