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."
Sandia Corp. is alleged to have used federal funds to plan a campaign to lobby Washington to extend its contract to manage Sandia National Laboratories, according to an Energy Department Inspector General report obtained by E&E through the Freedom of Information Act.
An Air Force contract on energy savings that costs $19 million may not be giving the military its money’s worth, according to a report from the Pentagon’s Inspector General, the Air Force Times reports.
People living near the decommissioned Weatherspoon power plant in North Carolina may be pleased that Duke Energy is planning to remove coal ash that has been sitting in the area for decades, but there's concern about where the ash will be stored, The Fayetteville Observer reports.
Driller Linn Energy says it has finalized deals with private equity firms for $1.5 billion to fund acquisitions and development, even as it is selling off its last position in the Permian Basin for $281 million, FuelFix reports.
Many of the loans that banks have issued to oil and gas producers are being flagged as substandard, according to warnings from regulators like the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, The Wall Street Journal reports.