Energy & Fuel

"Failed Barataria Dolphin Pregnancies Linked To BP Spill"

"Only two of 10 Barataria Bay bottlenose dolphins that were found to be pregnant in 2011, a year after the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion oiled the bay, had successful pregnancies. And the survival rate through July 2015 for adult dolphins that were given health assessments in the bay in 2011 is 10 percent lower than found in two studies of dolphins in un-oiled Sarasota Bay, Fla."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 11/04/2015

"Park Service May Strengthen Its Oil And Gas Regulations"

"For years, the company operating oil wells in New Mexico’s Aztec National Monument was exempt from being regulated by the National Park Service, which manages the site to protect ancient Pueblo structures. As a result, a dirt access road to one of the wells runs directly over buried ruins. A park archeologist once watched as a grader resurfacing the deeply rutted road exposed archeological remnants."

Source: High Country News, 11/04/2015

Obama Won’t Yield to Company’s Bid to Delay Keystone Pipeline Decision

"The White House on Tuesday said President Obama had no intention of bowing to a request from the company behind the Keystone XL oil pipeline to delay a decision on the project, saying he wanted to take action before his tenure ends."

Source: NY Times, 11/04/2015

Senators Urge Obama Admin To Include Carbon Costs in Coal Program

"Democratic U.S. senators on Monday urged the Obama administration to reform the federal coal mine program to include costs of the fuel's carbon emissions and potentially raise royalties paid by companies that mine the fuel on public lands."

Source: Reuters, 11/03/2015

"E.P.A. Finds More VW Cheating Software, Including in a Porsche"

"The Environmental Protection Agency said on Monday that it had discovered emissions-cheating software on more Volkswagen and Audi cars than previously disclosed and, for the first time, also found the illegal software in one of the carmaker’s high-end Porsche models."

Source: NY Times, 11/03/2015

"TransCanada Asks U.S. To Suspend Keystone Pipeline Application"

"The company sponsoring the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline Monday asked the State Department to suspend the review of its federal permit application, a request that could push a final decision on the pipeline beyond President Obama’s tenure in office."

Source: Wash Post, 11/03/2015


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