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An image provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a male greater sage grouse near Bridgeport, Calif., in 2010. (Jeannie Stafford/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via The New York Times)

Lawsuit challenges limits on industry that aim to save bird

The case appears to be the first challenge to the Interior Department’s declaration this week that it can protect the greater sage grouse without hobbling the region’s economy.
Categories: Environment
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

California regulators restore emissions-cutting fuel rule

The rules further strengthen California’s toughest-in-the-nation carbon emissions standards, but oil producers warn the changes could drive up costs for consumers at the gas pump.

Eric Dille, director of government relations for EOG Resources., speaks at a meeting about flaring of natural gas in Bismarck, N.D., Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

North Dakota regulators extend, toughen gas flaring mandate

North Dakota regulators have given the oil industry an additional 10 months next year to reduce the flaring of natural gas but also implemented a stiffer long-term benchmark.
In this July 6, 2013, photo, smoke rises from railway cars from now defunct Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railways company that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Final approval of oil train settlement is delayed

PORTLAND, Maine — Final confirmation of a $338 million settlement for victims of an oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Quebec was delayed Thursday to give the lone party that opposes the plan additional time to reach an agreement on terms to join the settlement or withdraw its objection.
Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California regulators to restore emissions-cutting fuel rule

California regulators are poised to restore a first-in-the-nation climate change program that requires a 10 percent cut in carbon emissions on transportation fuels sold in the state by 2020, despite oil industry objections that it could drive up gasoline prices.
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

Gas pipeline is focus of Alaska special session

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker on Thursday called lawmakers into special session to kick-start stalled consideration of the Alaska natural gas pipeline project

President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, walk from the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, for a private dinner at the Blair House, across the street from the White House. Xi arrived in Washington late Thursday for a State Visit. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

China plans to launch national cap-and-trade system

Beijing plans to put a cap-and-trade system in place in 2017 as part of measures aimed to address climate change in cooperation with the U.S. and others.
Caterpillar is developing natural gas-fueled versions of heavy equipment, including this giant, a Model 795 off-highway mining truck.

Caterpillar says it could cut 10,000 jobs to reduce costs

The Peoria, Illinois, company says most of the cuts will occur in 2015 in its salaried and management workforce.
(Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg)

Fossil fuel divestment seen costing returns for investors

Investors who boycott the shares of oil, gas and coal companies out of concern for the climate are sacrificing higher returns and lower risks, a study funded by the fossil-fuel industry showed.
The EPA heard radically different views as it opened public hearings in Denver on its proposal to slash allowable methane emissions from oil and gas production. (Lucas Schifres/Bloomberg)

EPA hears widely different views on methane threat

Imposing tough restrictions could raise the industry’s costs so much that the price of natural gas would rise, pushing energy users to use dirtier fuels, an energy official said.
Categories: Environment, Natural gas