April 6, 2020

Interior Extends Tenure of Controversial Land Management Director

The Interior Department on Friday extended the appointment of William Perry Pendley, known for his controversial position on selling off federally owned land to development, to lead the Bureau of Land Management in an acting capacity until May 5. Critics argue the temporary appointments allow controversial figures to stay in power.

Oil Giants Meet at White House Amid Talk of Buying Strategic Reserves

Oil giants met with President Trump on Friday at the White House in the hopes of securing aid as crude prices plummeted in the face of coronavirus and a price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia. The move comes among growing calls from Republicans to assist oil producers after a proposal to spend $3 billion filling the nation's oil reserves was left out of the federal relief package.

April 3, 2020

California Uses Climate Cash to Cut Power Bills During Pandemic

California uses a carbon cap-and-trade program as a climate change mitigation method. The state uses the proceeds to credit its utility customers twice a year in April and October. With homebound Californians racking up higher than normal utility bills, the state's regulators are considering moving up the October pay date to May and June. 

Enbridge to Move Forward with Tunnel Permitting Amid Pandemic

The energy transportation company plans to replace two pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan's upper peninsula. To stay within set deadlines, Enbridge plans to move forward with permit applications, despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Tribal governments opposed to the project say it is impossible to provide proper comment and receive official consultation during this time. 

April 2, 2020

EPA Loses Case Seeking Modeling Behind Obama Mileage Rollback

The EPA was wrong to withhold information about how it devised its new fuel efficiency standards, a panel of judges ruled just a day after the Trump administration rolled back Obama-era mileage standards. The court sided with two environmental groups that sued the agency to gain insight into the modeling technique it used to argue in favor of the rollback.

April 1, 2020

Controversial Keystone XL Pipeline Construction to Proceed

Construction of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline will proceed, the company behind the project announced Tuesday, even as it faces opposition from native tribes and environmental groups. TC Energy plans to begin construction of the line this spring and begin operating it in 2023, The Hill reports. 

Climate Change: Warming Clips the Nightingale's Wings

Rising temperatures may be having a profound physical impact on one of the world's favourite songbirds. Over a 20-year period, nightingales had evolved smaller wingspans, new research found, with scientists linking the change to the warming region, which has seen the early onset of spring and increased drought.

March 31, 2020

Supreme Court Rules Citgo Responsible for 2004 Oil Spill

Fossil fuel giant Citgo is liable for a 2004 oil spill that released 264,000 gallons of heavy crude oil into the Delaware River, and the company must pay back $133 million spent to clean it up. At the time, Frescati Shipping Company, which owned the vessel that spilled the oil, and the United States split the cost of the cleanup.

Fracking Once Lifted Pennsylvania. Now It Could Be a Drag.

During the Great Recession, the Pennsylvania fracking industry helped soften the financial blow by providing many well-paying jobs and garnering billions of dollars in investments. But today, as the region braces for the coronavirus recession, natural-gas companies are far more likely to weigh on the local economy than to rescue it, The New York Times reports.

 

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