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.
Another federal agency has spoken out against the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, or WOTUS –- the Small Business Administration wrote a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and a top official with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers saying it’s worried about the economic impact of the regulation, The Hill reports.
Problems encountered by West Texas Guar Inc., which operated a processing facility to extract a thickening agent from the legume guar, has cost investors and farmers millions of dollars, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Following six months of negotiations with its suppliers, Baker Hughes says starting Wednesday it will list all of the individual chemicals it uses for fracking on the industry website FracFocus, although it won’t provide information about the proportions used in its cocktails, FuelFix reports.
Enbridge Inc. anticipates it will receive approval from the State Department in mid-2015 to push capacity on its cross-border Alberta Clipper pipeline up to 800,000 barrels a day, a top executive told investors in Toronto Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Pipeline operator Enterprise Products Partners says it’s acquiring Oiltanking Partners in a two-step, $5.8 billion dollar deal that will strengthen its midstream business, The Wall Street Journal reports, noting that the move will leave Enterprise well positioned if the U.S. shifts its ban on crude exports.
An unexpected report of lower crude stockpiles last week pushed oil up Wednesday, while an announcement from Saudi Arabia of a drop in its official price fuelled bearish sentiment. U.S. benchmark crude gained 43 cents to settle at $90.73 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude finished down 51 cents to $94.16, Reuters reports.
A judge’s decision that Broomfield’s fracking ban doesn’t apply to Sovereign Operating Co. because of an earlier memorandum of understanding between the company and the community is a “victory for certainty and clarity,” the Colorado Oil & Gas Association said, according to the Denver Business Journal.
Virginia will appoint an energy efficiency officer to cut power consumption in state facilities by 15 percent over the next two years, according to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s extensive four year plan released Wednesday, the Daily Press reports.
Mike Bloomquist, the lead counsel for the GOP majority on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is leaving to work for lobbying firm Kountoupes Denham, with panel chair Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., thanking him for his contributions, The Hill reports.
“The Polar Vortex Review,” a report from the North American Electric Reliability Corp., found that last winter’s extreme cold triggered multiple equipment failures at generating stations, at one point forcing the shutdown of more than 17,700 megawatts of capacity, according to E&E.