The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has backed the Environmental Protection Agency's decision not to adopt secondary carbon monoxide standards, dismissing a suit by environmental groups including the Sierra Club, The Hill reports.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, often criticized as advocating for the coal industry, announced a series of reforms this week meant to help repair the agency's image and make it more responsive to the public.
The changes — from closer inspection of coal-ash ponds to better communication with the public to strengthening ethics rules — underscore the daunting task of balancing environmentalists' concerns about an energy source they view with disfavor and fairly treating coal producers in a state that's among the nation's richest in energy reserves.
Environmental groups protested the Supreme Court's ruling Wednesday to strike down limits on aggregate contributions to candidates, committees and parties, saying the move opens the door for heavy polluters to have more influence on the nation's electoral process, The Hill reports.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Environmental groups stepped up pressure Tuesday on Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber to push a state agency to reject permit applications for a proposed coal-export facility on the Columbia River.
The Sierra Club said it has launched radio ads and billboards highlighting health concerns about the Morrow Pacific project. Several hundred activists recently rallied in Portland.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Sierra Club has filed an intent-to-sue notice against Minnesota Power, alleging violations of soot standards at three coal-fired power plants in northeastern Minnesota.
The environmental group says the utility's own data show that its Boswell, Taconite Harbor, and Laskin plants have violated standards for particulate emissions more than 10,000 times over the last five years.
The Sierra Club also alleges Minnesota Power has violated various other permit requirements related to its operation of pollution control equipment hundreds of times since 2009.
A coalition of environmental groups including the Sierra Club and Environmental Defense Fund announced they would spend $5 million in 11 states and three races to counter election spending from Americans for Prosperity, a group funding by the conservative Koch brothers, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Sen. Mary Landrieu's, D-La., reluctance to answer questions on climate change has alienated her among large environmental donors, but she has continued to raise considerable campaign donations from the oil and gas industry, National Journal reports.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is opening sealed bids Wednesday from 14 companies looking to pick up oil and gas leases in the western Gulf of Mexico, mostly concentrating on 81 tracts, FuelFix reports.
Wind energy is expected to grow in the U.S. over the next two years, but the expiration of the wind Production Tax Credit has cast doubt on the future beyond 2015 despite declines in cost and prices, says the Department of Energy’s annual report on the sector, according to Platts.
Oil was rising Wednesday as traders anticipated the day’s data would reveal a stockpile decline and speculated that recent price drops have been excessive. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery gained 26 cents to $93.12 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex while the expiring September contract jumped $1.77 to $96.25, and in London October Brent was up 72 cents to $102.28, Bloomberg reports.
Berkshire Hathaway chief and billionaire Warren Buffett has sold off most of the conglomerate’s holding in ConocoPhillips and is looking to unload other oil company shares, FuelFix reports, noting that the decline in oil prices may be fueling his moves.
Faced with increasing drought and power plants that use large quantities of water, a Southern Co. subsidiary has teamed with other utilities and national industry research groups to create the Water Research Center in Georgia, a facility seeking to find ways of improving water management, E&E reports.
An event Thursday in Fort Collins, Colo., in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the United States rule is being hosted by Democratic Rep. Jared Polis and the company that brews Fat Tire, The Hill reports.
Moves by Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate to back Iowa Democrat Bruce Braley’s run for the Senate against Joni Ernst have him lending support to the Renewable Fuel Standard, which a number of environmentalists oppose because they say ethanol and the RFS undermine the fight against climate change, National Journal reports.
A draft of New Hampshire’s 10-year energy plan prepared by research firm Navigant, which is set to be finalized before Sept. 1, outlines what the state can do to boost renewables, efficiency and infrastructure, WMUR reports.