Category: Environment

Officials to review proposed North Dakota drilling rule

The proposal has been criticized by some Republican lawmakers and oil and farm groups.  More »

Appeals court ruling could delay further U.S. Arctic drilling

A federal appeals court in San Francisco has revived a lawsuit challenging a sale of offshore Alaska oil leases, a ruling that could delay oil company efforts to explore there.  More »

European Union relaxes renewables target

The European Commission is shying away from more ambitious mandatory renewable energy goals in its fight against climate change.  More »

Senator presses EPA to scrutinize refinery emissions

At least one senator wants the EPA to expand its focus on greenhouse emissions to include gases from refineries in addition to power plants.  More »

Senators duel over climate change

Senate Republicans and Democrats were battling over climate change Thursday, during a hearing on President Barack Obama’s plan to combat greenhouse gas pollution and deal with the unpredictable weather and geographic changes it causes.  More »

Anadarko unit pushes court to slash billions from its liability in Tronox case

Investors boosted Anadarko Petroleum’s market value by $1.4 billion on Tuesday, a day after the company’s Kerr-McGee unit pushed back on a federal court’s ruling that it owes up to $14 billion in environmental and tort liabilities.  More »

US carbon emissions climb in 2013

The U.S. likely sent more carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere in 2013 over the previous year, according to newly released government data, but energy analysts and environmentalists say it probably won’t change the nation’s overall downward track.  More »

Climate change warning stickers on gasoline pumps?

A group of Bay Area environmentalists wants to slap warning stickers on gasoline pumps, telling drivers that the fuel they’re buying is cooking the planet. The stickers would constantly remind consumers of the link between driving and climate change.  More »

Republicans on climate panel want more time

After a state climate panel missed a deadline to deliver recommendations on reducing carbon emissions in Washington state, two Republican members on the group said Wednesday they want another year to study the economic costs of proposals.  More »

Environmentalists seek to stop Miss. offshore drilling rules

Environmental groups want a judge to stop rules setting a framework for offshore gas and oil exploration in parts of the Mississippi Sound.  More »

Groups to demonstrate for NY ban on ‘fracking’ at speech

Environmental groups opposed to natural gas drilling using high-volume hydraulic fracturing plan to make a lot of noise at the Empire State Plaza this week.  More »

Water pollution from drilling confirmed in some states. But not Texas.

In at least four states that have nurtured the nation’s energy boom, hundreds of complaints have been made about well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling, and pollution was confirmed in a number of them.  More »