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."
The Environmental Protection Agency would limit the amount of mercury, dioxins, acid gas and other substances used in the process of making bricks and clay, under a prospective rule published in the Federal Register that is open for public comment for 60 days, The Hill reports.
Michael Goggin at the American Wind Energy Association is warning that the North American Electric Reliability Corp.’s decision to hire Energy Ventures Analysis Inc. to review the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan risks its credibility given what he calls the firm’s “stark bias” against the proposal, but NERC is defending its selection, citing its long track record with the firm and its transparent analysis process, E&E reports.
The failure of past drilling projects offshore Cuba will likely signal a cautious approach to the prospect from major oil companies despite the thaw in relations between Washington and Havana, FuelFix reports.
Uncertainty over crude oil prices -– presently at five-year lows -– has prompted Chevron to put an indefinite hold on its Arctic drilling plans in Canada, the company told regulators Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Marathon Oil Corp. has trimmed its budget by about a fifth – cutting around $1 billion from 2014 spending levels – citing the “continuing dynamic change in crude oil markets” and the impact that is having on oilfield services, FuelFix reports.
Word that oil companies are trimming their plans for future exploration and production gave a boost to oil prices early Thursday, on the back of a hike the day before. U.S. benchmark crude for January delivery had gained $1.83 to $58.30 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London February Brent was up $2.09 at $63.27, Reuters reports.
Rice Energy has raised about $412 million from its initial public offering of shares in Rice Midstream Partners, less than the $500 million it expected, in large part because the crash in oil prices has brought down prices for energy stocks generally, analysts told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Three Democratic lawmakers -- Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey of Massachusetts, and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin – have sent a letter to President Obama warning of their concerns over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a prospective trade pact with Asia, The Washington Post reports.
At least five power plant operators have signalled they’ll be bringing plants back on line or boosting their generating capacity following creation of a new capacity zone in southern New York, according to the New York Independent System Operator, Platts reports.