President Barack Obama's final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline could either reinforce perceptions about the environmental movement's weak influence in Washington or provide a large victory over oil interests, Politico reports.
During a visit to Washington, D.C., Canadian Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver will continue meetings with congressional and State Department leaders to push for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, The Hill reports.
Environmentalists opposed to approval of the Keystone XL pipeline said the more than 1 million public comments on the State Department's environmental impact analysis indicate grassroots opposition to the project, Bloomberg reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday raised objections to the State Department's draft environmental review of the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.
EPA Assistant Administrator Cynthia Giles told the department in a letter that more analysis was needed on greenhouse gas impacts and pipeline safety before a final supplemental environmental impact statement is issued.
Such work could add new delays to a permit decision, fueling new calls by advocates for Congress to mandate its approval.
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Opponents of a massive Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline converged on a snowy Nebraska town Thursday for a critical hearing on the project, but they already were preparing possible acts of civil disobedience should President Barack Obama ultimately approve it.
TransCanada Corp. said the southern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline would be ready to ship oil by mid-January, backing off the anticipated start date of Jan. 3 it submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Bloomberg reports.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., urged the Energy Department's inspector general to swiftly resume its investigation into the Bonneville Power Administration, saying he has "credible evidence" of whistle-blower retaliation at the power agency, The Hill reports.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane said radiation-exposed water released from the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant would reach the U.S. West coast at relatively safe levels, Bloomberg reports.
Royal Dutch Shell and Vitol Group are among companies who have met with Iranian oil minister Bijan Zanganeh for early discussions on reopening the country's energy industry to wider markets, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A group of environmental organizations urged the Environmental Protection Agency to develop regulations to curb methane emissions and called on the Interior Department to strengthen existing rules to limit the greenhouse gas, National Journal reports.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission hired a new resident inspector at the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Plymouth, Mass., but the agency said the plant's recent performance rating downgrade played no role in the decision, The Patriot Ledger reports.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, suggested that climate change would offer some economic benefit for his state by opening up Arctic trade routes between China and Europe that could include Maine's coastal cities as a stop, the Kennebec Journal reports.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission signed a five-year lease extension for its headquarters in Rockville, Md., after the House Transportation Committee passed a resolution allowing the agency to retain the lease in exchange for relinquishing space in another building, Washington Business Journal reports.