PITTSBURGH (AP) — Like a marriage the in-laws don't approve of, a new plan to strengthen standards for fracking is creating unusual divisions among environmentalists and supporters of the oil and gas industry.
The Sierra Club and other environmental groups threatened to sue the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad and mining companies in Oregon unless they take action to prevent spills of coal dust from trains, The New York Times reports.
Environmental groups aimed to undercut the impact of a bipartisan Senate vote backing the Keystone XL pipeline, saying the power to accept or reject the project rests in President Obama's hands and not with Congress, Bloomberg reports.
Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, said the political battle over Keystone XL pipeline has resulted in increased fundraising and more volunteers for the group's activism efforts, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Sierra Club and other environmentalists are pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to issue its rules governing greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants before next month's deadline, Bloomberg reports.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal efforts to create thousands of acres of shallow-water Missouri River habitat to help an endangered fish species have been backlogged nearly six years in the waterway's namesake state because of an ongoing dispute about where to dump excavated dirt.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane said the NRC can't consider a public hearing on the San Onofre nuclear plant until June, when an appeal period of an Atomic Safety and Licensing Board ruling ends.